Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Reviews

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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
November 20, 2013
Part 1, like its predecessors, has been made with great care, craft and attention to detail. It is also darker and more foreboding.
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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.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
November 20, 2010
There is much to love in the latest offering from the Potter franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 19, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claire Martin
Denver Post
November 19, 2010
By any measure, Deathly Hallows is a ripping thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
November 18, 2010
This one is a long, archetypal journey that screeches to a halt a few stops short of its destination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 18, 2010
Beautifully shot but a soulless cash machine, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" delivers no dramatic payoff, no resolution and not much fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 18, 2010
Every two minutes the action whooshes sideways to someone somewhere else.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 18, 2010
Radcliffe, Watson and Grint, having literally grown up in their characters, are ready for their close-up. They earned it, they deserve it and they nailed it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
November 18, 2010
Menacing and meditative, Hallows is arguably the best installment of the planned eight-film franchise, though audiences who haven't kept up with previous chapters will be hopelessly lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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November 18, 2010
Deathly Hallows I actually manages to be involving and kind of artful about the boredom and loneliness of heroism.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 18, 2010
There's plenty of humor, plenty of magic and even a bit of romantic stress, although there's also quite a bit of mulling and standing about.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 18, 2010
The truth is that this film is mostly plain work, done by rote, like any introductory potions class. The real fun -- and thrills and tears -- come next year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 18, 2010
The three young leads -- especially Emma Watson, who can do more with a still face than any actress her age -- are all terrific.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
November 18, 2010
An awkward mating of action-fantasy and a self-reflective indie movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 18, 2010
Like a virgin's padded bra, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I is all tease, zero payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 18, 2010
Even though it ends in the middle, Deathly Hallows: Part 1 finds notes of anxious suspense and grave emotion to send its characters, and its fans, into the last round.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 18, 2010
Alas, as directed by the returning David Yates, these big chase sequences are the usual compendium of ear-splitting noise and eye-glazing edits -- again, no magic required and none delivered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
November 18, 2010
The seventh and penultimate entry in the franchise jettisons the humor and fizz of the earlier movies for a much bleaker adult tone.
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
November 18, 2010
David Yates' fluid, fast-paced direction sends up the crackling tension of a thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 18, 2010
There's a good, solid, workmanlike integrity to what director David Yates does here.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
November 18, 2010
The filmmakers...adapt Rowling's tale with as much fidelity as their budget, effects crew, production designers, actors, and common sense will allow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
November 18, 2010
Drags a bit in the second act, but it's a solid buildup to the final chapter in this legendary franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
November 18, 2010
Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves have done a fine job of building up a big, black foreboding cloud in this next-to-last installment.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 18, 2010
The movie builds erratically to the moment when the end credits start rolling. After sacrificing nearly 2 1/2 hours to this movie, there's a sense that more is deserved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 18, 2010
For those caught up in the "Potter" world -- and surely anyone who isn't dropped out of this franchise long ago -- "Deathly Hallows" is immensely satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 17, 2010
I'd be lying if I said I'm not eager to see how everything turns out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 17, 2010
Like Alfonso Cuarón, who made Azkaban, Yates and his crew are as visually descriptive as Rowling was with language.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 17, 2010
It's not a bad movie, but it is very much a transitional one, with Warner Bros. splitting J.K. Rowling's last installment in the "Potter" series into two films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
November 17, 2010
Much of the heavy lifting falls to Watson, and, in such moments as the one where she must wipe out her family's memories of her to protect them, she is more than up to the task.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 17, 2010
To be fair to Deathly Hallows, the filmmakers have tried hard to fill the proceedings with battles and chases and debilitating curses. Genuine filmmaking excitement, however, is harder to provide.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 17, 2010
The high quality of the series remains. Returning director David Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves remain attentive as ever to Rowlings' holy text, and the mood is as magic as always.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 17, 2010
Instead of scooting like a Golden Snitch during a Quidditch championship, DH1 is struck with a long spell of aimlessness, and the viewer with the curse of ennui.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 17, 2010
Part 1 is the most cinematically rewarding chapter yet.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 17, 2010
When Warner Brothers announced that it planned to split the seventh, and final, installment of J.K. Rowling's wizarding septology into two separate films, I figured it was all about the money. Turns out it was all about the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 17, 2010
It's half of a really good movie, full of the enchantment, emotion and incident for which the Potter series has become so fanatically cherished.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 17, 2010
The first part of Deathly Hallows has plenty of invigorating imagery alongside the pro forma narrative elements.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 16, 2010
By the time Part 1 ends, you'll be anxious to see what tricks Harry has up his sleeve once he's forced to face the ultimate evil.
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Dan Kois
Village Voice
November 16, 2010
Watson's brainy, practical Hermione drives the film's narrative; Grint's fiery, jealous Ron provides its relatable (that is, non-magical) conflict.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 16, 2010
The film depends more on mood and character than many of the others, and key actions seem to be alarmingly taking place off-screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 16, 2010
Equal parts action thriller, political parable, and multidimensional love story, Hallows feels sad and strong and true.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 16, 2010
The story-within-the-story regarding the deathly hallows is visualized by way of shadow-puppet style animation, and the effect is quite beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
November 15, 2010
A film with no beginning and no end but a whole lot of expository middle, this is the least satisfying instalment in the series since Chris Columbus folded up his director's chair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 15, 2010
Hallows's first hour is deadly, all right.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
November 11, 2010
This grim beginning-of-the-end odyssey has a very different feel from any of its predecessors -- a development slightly more disconcerting than it is welcome.
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Justin Chang
Variety
November 11, 2010
Lumbering and gripping by turns, and suffused with a profound sense of solitude and loss.