Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Reviews

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Mark Ramsey
MovieJuice!
November 27, 2010
'With a name like 'Lovegood' I'm the luckiest woman with a profile on Match.com,' said Luna. 'The second-luckiest,' said Moonraker's Holly Goodhead.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 27, 2010
The actors possess their best chemistry yet (as well they should--they've practically shared each other's Pablum), and the chemistry shows. You now can fully feel just how high the stakes have become.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
November 27, 2010
The decision to split it into two movies couldn't have paid off more. Yates finally has the time to spend with Harry, Ron, and Hermione that's he hasn't had lately, and the movie is 100 percent better for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
November 27, 2010
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, the tone has completed its change. The initial innocence, playfulness, and fresh discovery of magic is long gone. Horror now prevails.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
November 27, 2010
A stop gap, not a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tim Martain
The Mercury
November 25, 2010
Deathly Hallows Part 1 is a damn fine piece of film - if I had the faintest idea what was going on in it, I might have enjoyed it even more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
November 24, 2010
Has too many plot threads to follow in its willy-nilly efforts to set the stage for the real ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 24, 2010
The plot is one long, boring slog to nowhere. Yes, that reflects what is in this section of the book, but that is absolutely no excuse for this.
Full Review | Original Score: C
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
November 24, 2010
It may be the scariest, but it's also one of the strongest in the series.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
November 23, 2010
Do your homework before walking in; you'll be better off for it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
November 23, 2010
Not wild about this "Harry". Half the book equals half the entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Matt Neal
The Standard
November 22, 2010
It's not without its faults, but those glitches are largely irrelevant because it ticks all the boxes Potter-heads want to see ticked.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
November 22, 2010
David Yates's third crack at the franchise goes to a dark, interesting place, even if the whole enterprise feels rather played-out, so last decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 22, 2010
On its own, it's the worst film in the series since the first two... I suspect it will wear well. It was never meant to be a stand-alone movie, after all.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Top Critic
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 22, 2010
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.
Kam Williams
TheLoop21.com
November 22, 2010
A water-treading sequel with no emotional momentum ostensibly serving as a setup for next summer's grand finale
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 22, 2010
It's essentially a horror movie, set in the belly of the beast, almost literally: The film's not 10 minutes old before a giant constrictor opens its fanged jaws and swallows the camera lens -- and us -- whole, plunging the screen into darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 22, 2010
If its total success can only be properly measured upon arrival of the conclusion in July, the fact that Part 1 makes that worth waiting for should be taken as some kind of victory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adam Fendelman
HollywoodChicago.com
November 22, 2010
While this Harry Potter is the most murky and forlorn so far, its most grave battle is the internal question between the corporate and creative types. We know why the seventh film was extricated into two, but should it really have been?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Diva Velez
TheDivaReview.com
November 21, 2010
Saved by a riveting first hour, excellent cast and beautiful production, a multitude of flaws in pacing, exposition and the strange point at which the film ends puts this chapter far from the best in the franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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