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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010)

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Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 259
Fresh: 203 | Rotten: 56

It can't help but feel like the prelude it is, but Deathly Hallows: Part I is a beautifully filmed, emotionally satisfying penultimate installment for the Harry Potter series.

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 11

It can't help but feel like the prelude it is, but Deathly Hallows: Part I is a beautifully filmed, emotionally satisfying penultimate installment for the Harry Potter series.

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The first installment of the two-film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows follows Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) as they search for the pieces of Voldemort's (Ralph Fiennes) soul that he extracted from his being and hid in obscure locations both far and wide. If the trio is unable to locate and destroy them all, Voldemort will remain immortal. Despite their long friendship, a combination of dark forces, romantic tensions, and long-held

Apr 15, 2011

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Part 1, like its predecessors, has been made with great care, craft and attention to detail. It is also darker and more foreboding.

November 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
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The trouble with Harry, as becomes clear from this seventh and penultimate installment, is not that we have lost the plot -- the film is as tangled and as corkscrewed as Bonham Carter's hair -- but that we are in danger of losing everything else.

November 22, 2010 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (21)
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There is much to love in the latest offering from the Potter franchise.

November 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comments (3)
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is slower and stranger than any of the previous films, simultaneously raising hopes for a haunting finale while dimming hopes for a magical one.

November 19, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Comment (1)
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By any measure, Deathly Hallows is a ripping thriller.

November 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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This one is a long, archetypal journey that screeches to a halt a few stops short of its destination.

November 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Comments (10)
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 isn't close to being a bad movie, but it is arguably the weakest among the seven films in the series.

November 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Tulsa World
Tulsa World

It feels like the longest, deathliest panto ever made -- and still it isn't over.

November 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Maybe Harry Potter could cast a magic spell over us before we see his new movie.

November 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL)
Daily Herald (IL)

Yates does a pretty good job with the heavy lifting, but there's not much poetry to this exercise that brings the story of the boy wizard one step closer to its conclusion.

November 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Canada.com
Canada.com

Deathly Hallows is the first Harry Potter film that fully delivers on the promise of J.K. Rowling's works, expertly balancing a tricky and expansive narrative, along with quiet character moments and some rollicking action sequences.

November 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Toledo Blade
Toledo Blade

The entire cast does the subtlest work we've seen in a Potter film, right down to the supporting and single-scene players.

November 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

As J.K. Rowling wove a conclusion as ominous as it was elegant in the final installment of the Potter series, so too has director David Yates in Part 1 of Deathly Hallows.

November 20, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Sure, there are some rearranging and compressing of scenes and facts, but the two-and-a-half hour runtime for half a book allows screenwriter Steve Kloves and director David Yates the space to faithfully retell a really good story.

November 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is beautifully shot with wonderful atmosphere and an appropriately dark tone, making it a very enjoyable experience.

November 9, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

The biggest plus of this film is that the story is brought out of Hogwarts and into a greater world.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

It's just a lot of smoke - literally and figuratively - that evaporates into thin air without meaning or context.

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

Alternately funny and touching, it's the best film in the series, an "Empire Strikes Back" for these wizards and their wizarding world. And those effects? They're so special you don't notice them.

January 13, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

This penultimate entry in the series lacks the life and the imagination of its worthy predecessors.

January 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

It seems unfair to chide the entire film for one sagging act, so in the end, this first part gets a slight recommendation for its characters, art direction, and some thrills.

September 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Fans may think 2 1/2 hours is just right. Some of us would have preferred a little pruning.

April 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Comment (1)
Movie Habit

... Radcliffe, Grint and Watson have grown into their roles so well.

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

A terrific set-up to the final chapter of our favorite boy wizard's saga.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Far more emotionally complex and scary than any previous entry - Potter 7.1 is the franchise's best chapter yet.

May 16, 2011 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

Fortunately, the good outweighs the mediocre, so in the end this is one of the better installments in the series.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comments (2)
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

Part One is still really entertaining and very dark, but some of the magic seems lost without Hogwarts. Still, this movie sets up the final part excellently, with the tension at an all time high. This is a good movie, but the final part is what we really want to see.
August 7, 2013
Nikhil N.
Nikhil Nandu

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Chock full of plot which often goes nowhere, as well as a painfully slow mid-section, this really is just marking time until the big showdown. Full review later.
March 17, 2013
TomBowler
Thomas Bowler

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Every complaint raised against this movie is exactly why I loved it and consider it the high for the series. The three leads are absolutely fantastic, but especially Emma Watson who gives her best performance for the series yet. This is a dark and emotional movie that follows the book very well and sets up the finale nicely, even if it ends in a cliffhanger for those who haven't read the books (low percentage of audience at this point, in my opinion). Everyone said there was too much build up and not enough pay off, but the pay off is Part 2 and sometimes the journey is just as good or better than the end. I thought the pacing was fantastic in this one and much better than the job David Yates did on the previous film. He switches the tones and atmosphere better here than he has in any of the others. I looked forward to these final two forever after reading the books, and Yates and his crew have done them more than justice. The change in scenery and style after six books is a bit jarring at first, but this is a gritty and compelling story and has the emotional pull that some of the earlier installments did not have. We all knew going into this film that they would end on a cliffhanger, and yet some still complained. I've never understood this and don't agree with it. For my money, this is the best installment of the series. It breaks the mold and established Harry Potter as one of the fantasy greats.
December 19, 2012
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    1. Bellatrix Lestrange: You stupid elf, you could have killed me!
    2. Dobby: Dobby never meant to kill, Dobby only meant to maim or seriously injure.
    – Submitted by Lucas B (11 months ago)
    1. Gellert Grindelwald: Hello Tom, I knew, you would come, one day. But surely you must know I no longer have what you seek.
    2. Lord Voldemort: Tell me Grindelwald, tell me where it is, tell me who possesses it!
    3. Gellert Grindelwald: The Elder Wand lies with him, of course... buried in the earth. Dumbledore.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (19 months ago)
    1. Rufus Scrimgeour: These are dark times, there is no denying. Our world has perhaps faced no greater threat than it does today.
    – Submitted by Mati M (19 months ago)
    1. Harry Potter: You think I don't know how this feels?!
    2. Ron Wesley: No, you don't know how it feels! Your parents are dead! You have no family!
    – Submitted by Jed G (22 months ago)
    1. Harry Potter: You're not gonna stay at him, are you?
    2. Hermione Granger: I'm always mad at him.
    – Submitted by Garner M (23 months ago)
    1. Lord Voldemort: I have seen your heart, and it is mine.
    – Submitted by Marcelo R (24 months ago)
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