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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 229
Fresh: 202 | Rotten: 27

The main characters are maturing, and the filmmakers are likewise improving on their craft; vibrant special effects and assured performances add up to what is the most complex yet of the Harry Potter films.

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 5

The main characters are maturing, and the filmmakers are likewise improving on their craft; vibrant special effects and assured performances add up to what is the most complex yet of the Harry Potter films.

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Directed by Mike Newell, the fourth installment to the Harry Potter series finds Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) wondering why his legendary scar -- the famous result of a death curse gone wrong -- is aching in pain, and perhaps even causing mysterious visions. Before he can think too much about it, however, Harry boards the train to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he will attend his fourth year of magical education. Shortly after his reunion with his best friends, Ron (Rupert Grint)

Mar 7, 2006

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All Critics (229) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (202) | Rotten (27) | DVD (36)

Goblet of Fire is more effective in these smaller, more intimate moments than in the bloated bombast of its larger set pieces.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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It's downright scary how good this movie is.

July 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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A marked disappointment after Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, this fourth installment in the franchise is a 157-minute holding pattern.

June 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (5)
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Goblet has enough sense of real kids maturing and believably facing problems to cast some genuine spells.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Goblet is deliciously dark, wickedly funny and superbly mounted.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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Whenever it hits its stride, it's a well-acted, vividly executed, full-speed-ahead special-effects extravaganza that puts as much bang as possible into every remaining scene.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Newell vividly conjures up a world fraught with real danger.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

As young wizard Harry Potter continues to mature, so too does this exciting fantasy franchise.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Goblet again serves up a delicious who's who of British acting, with hilarious contributions from newcomers Brendan Gleeson as instructor Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody and Miranda Richardson as nosy reporter Rita Skeeter.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Very boring, recycled from the previous installments, and immensely underwhelming.

June 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Wait a minute. Sequels aren't supposed to get better.

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

A huge cast, plenty of special effects and Harry gets a battering -- pretty much as you'd expect.

June 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

The Goblet of Fire is a more mature story and its young stars prove they have the acting skills to grow with their characters.

April 26, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieWeb
MovieWeb

Easily the best Harry Potter film so far.

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Comments (4)
ComingSoon.net

The story is engrossing, but Mike Newell's adaption is a little too dull and by-the-numbers following Alfonso Cuaron's visual tour-de-force.

November 6, 2010 Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Comment (1)
IGN DVD

Chapter four in the boy-wizard franchise, and still no good scenes, interesting characters, or true imagination

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comments (13)
CinePassion

Followers of the series will find a more mature Harry and a more mature style, less sugary but not actually drier than the previous films.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Comments (3)
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A solid but mostly uninspired melding of the adventure and fright that have been the benchmarks of the franchise.

July 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Like a fine wine, Harry Potter continues to improve with age as each succeeding film version of Rowling's books seemingly surpasses the last.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons | Comments (2)
Dark Horizons

Finally we're seeing Harry (the character and the series) grow up.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Comment (1)
Big Picture Big Sound

The action in Goblet of Fire is more exciting and faster-paced than in previous Potter films, and visually, it is by far the most splendid.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

This new story starts off as just another adventure, more or less, but by the end, the situation faced by its protagonists has become much darker, and much more dire.

September 28, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

A solid installment in the Harry Potter series. Exciting with incredible special effects. Competent acting by young'uns that have grown up in the films. (Spectarcular performance by Fiennes, even if only for a few brief moments!) The films really begin to hit their stride in this installment. (Too bad we had the Half-Blood Prince to cock it all up....)
June 8, 2013
cchclaw

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Action packed and much, much darker, this installment introduces a whole lot of new characters and one in particular in its one-hell-of-an ending. Full review later.
March 10, 2013
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Thomas Bowler

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Director Mike Newell takes the helm for this, the 4th entry in the Harry Potter series. I would have preferred that Alfonso Cuaron remain, but whatever.

For his 4th year at Hogwarts, Harry finds himself unwillingly entered into the Tri-Wizards Tournament: a lauded, but quite dangerous competition between Hogwarts and two other European wizarding schools. Not only that, but he's also got to deal with his increasing hormones, as well as the fact that He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (aka Lord Voldemort) is potentially making a comeback.

Having read the book, and enjoying it very much, I need to say that this film really isn't that stellar of an adaptation. Granted, the book is like 734 pages, and this film runs 157 minutes (with credits, so of course much trimming is needed. But I suppose that where the film fails to include all the little details (including many subplots and a few characters), it does decently where getting the broad strokes of the story are concerned, even though it did seem a tad bewildering and choppy at times. All in all though, it gets the point across, even if they could have done a slightly better job translation the page to the screen.

The principle cast have returned, and they have gotten quite a firm grasp on the characters. The teenage performers are admittedly somewhat awkward, but it works in their favor as they and their characters are going through puberty, making the awkwardness a little more understandable. Welcome additions to the cast include Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort, Robert Pattinson as Cedric Diggory- one of the competitors in the tournament, and a wonderfully scene stealing turn from Brendan Gleeson as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, complete with false leg and a neat trick eye. Pattinson is actually pretty decent, and far more interesting here than in his later role in the Twilight series. Gleeson is a ham, and, while it is a deliciously fun performance, I think even more so in that regard would be the brief appearances by Miranda Richardson and David Tennant. Unfortunately, Oldman gets reduced to a far too brief cameo, and that's one of the few changes that actually really bugged me legitimately.

The seeds of darkness were sowed with the previous entry, but they really start to bloom here, giving a foreshadowing of what is to come. As a result of the increasing dark subject matter, this became the first, though certainly not last, entry to get a PG-13 rating. There's still some whimsy and light hearted moments in places, but not as many as in the book.

There's some great set pieces, strong effects, and some great cinematography here. This is some really stunning stuff, and I just love all that is done to really make this world come alive. John Williams is absent as composer, but what we get is still good, and it does provide a nice variation on Williams's theme.

Overall, a flawed, but still really good film.
January 18, 2013
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Chris Weber

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After Azkaban, it was clear that this series was getting darker and more mature with each installment. It isn't as artfully realized and beautiful as Cuaron's vision of the Potter universe, but what Newell lacks in that area he more than makes up for in pure thrills and fun. Goblet is a great time and the actors/actresses involved just kept getting better. This is a slight step back in the artful direction the series was taking after Cuaron, but a major step forward in pacing and entertainment value. This is one of the best books in the series and even though they had to cut out a bunch of the details, the movie does not suffer from it in my opinion. This is the installment I throw in if I just want to have a good time in a well thought-out fantasy world. Newell lacked the imagination much like Columbus, but his popcorn thrills were much obliged.
December 19, 2012
jlewis07

Super Reviewer

    1. Cedric Diggory: Dragons. They kill you know?
    2. Harry Potter: What?
    3. Cedric Diggory: Oh, don't worry, they only breath fire.
    – Submitted by Dan Chi T (17 months ago)
    1. Lord Voldemort: Welcome, my friends. Thirteen years it's been, and yet, here you stand as if it were only yesterday. I confess myself disappointed. Not one of you tried to find me. Crabbe! Macnair! Goyle! Not even you, Lucius.
    2. Lucius Malfoy: My Lord, had I detected any sign, a whisper of your whereabouts.
    3. Lord Voldemort: Oh there were signs, my slippery friend, and more than whispers.
    4. Lucius Malfoy: I assure you, my Lord, I have never renounced the old ways. The face I have been obliged to present since your absence. That is my true mask.
    – Submitted by Raisul I (18 months ago)
    1. Minerva McGonagall: What are you doing?
    2. Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody: Just teaching.
    3. Minerva McGonagall: Wait. Is that a student?
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (19 months ago)
    1. Ron Weasley: What the bloody hell was that?
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (19 months ago)
    1. Harry Potter: Dragons. That's our first task.
    2. Cedric Diggory: Are you serious?
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (19 months ago)
    1. Hermione Granger: You better see Hagrid.
    2. Harry Potter: Well you can tell-
    3. Hermione Granger: I'm not an owl!
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (19 months ago)
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