Newell vividly conjures up a world fraught with real danger.
| Original Score: 3/5
As young wizard Harry Potter continues to mature, so too does this exciting fantasy franchise.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Goblet of Fire is more effective in these smaller, more intimate moments than in the bloated bombast of its larger set pieces.
Very boring, recycled from the previous installments, and immensely underwhelming.
Wait a minute. Sequels aren't supposed to get better.
It's downright scary how good this movie is.
A huge cast, plenty of special effects and Harry gets a battering -- pretty much as you'd expect.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A marked disappointment after Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, this fourth installment in the franchise is a 157-minute holding pattern.
The Goblet of Fire is a more mature story and its young stars prove they have the acting skills to grow with their characters.
Easily the best Harry Potter film so far.
| Original Score: 8/10
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.
| Original Score: 7/10
Chapter four in the boy-wizard franchise, and still no good scenes, interesting characters, or true imagination
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.
| Original Score: +2 out of -4..+4
Goblet has enough sense of real kids maturing and believably facing problems to cast some genuine spells.
A solid but mostly uninspired melding of the adventure and fright that have been the benchmarks of the franchise.
| Original Score: 3/4
Like a fine wine, Harry Potter continues to improve with age as each succeeding film version of Rowling's books seemingly surpasses the last.
Finally we're seeing Harry (the character and the series) grow up.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 3/4