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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 263
Fresh: 220 | Rotten: 43

Dark, thrilling, and occasionally quite funny, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is also visually stunning and emotionally satisfying.


Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 48
Fresh: 41 | Rotten: 7

Dark, thrilling, and occasionally quite funny, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is also visually stunning and emotionally satisfying.



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Adolescent wizard-in-training Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for another year of schooling and learns more about the dark past of the boy who grew up to become Lord Voldemort in this, the sixth installment of the film series that originated from the writings of author J.K. Rowling. There was a time when Hogwarts was thought of as a safe haven, but thanks to Voldemort's tightening grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds, that simply isn't the case anymore. Suspecting that the castle may

Dec 8, 2009


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All Critics (263) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (220) | Rotten (43) | DVD (11)

I think it's the best of the series, fairly easily, and a testament to why occasionally throwing a massive budget at an endeavor of this scope can be considered a reasonable decision.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)
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All in all, despite the verve that drives the grander set pieces, it's hard to avoid the sensation of a film toiling overtime to convince itself of its own solemnity.

July 20, 2009 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (11)
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Director David Yates presides over some gorgeous CGI set pieces, but all the real magic comes from the scrum of ace British character actors.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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With its deft handling of teen yearning and affection, Half-Blood Prince maneuvers mysteries of heart and hankering that resound in worlds magic and Muggle.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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It's a more mature magic. ... Now subject to the same raging hormones as any other 16-year-olds, our spell-casting heroes are learning to brew love potions this year, with results mostly played for laughs.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: NPR
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Potions play a pivotal part in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and I wish I'd been able to find one for patience.

July 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal | Comments (17)
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Half-Blood is a sustaining visit with beloved old (if not in age) friends.

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

The movie can never shake the feeling that it's one big set-up, a meek prelude to the thrill ride to come in Deathly Hallows.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Toledo Blade
Toledo Blade

Not only is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince an excellent translation of J.K. Rowling's addictive canon, but it's also the first entry to shine on its own devoid of its backdrop mythology.

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

Seamlessly and vigorously conveyed, this satisfying segment raises the storytelling and visual-effects bar for the entire series.

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

What fun it is to behold our budding wizards and witches learning that love is the one spell they cannot control.

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

If you're a fan, you're sure to find something to grumble about; ditto if you're a critic; but for the dwindling amount of people who just want to go to the movies to watch a fun and interesting movie, you could do a lot worse.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source:

For Potter-ites, there are plenty of satisfactions to be had, but the fun mostly comes from recognizing plot points from the novel merely suggested onscreen.

August 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

Okay, so it's a placeholder. But it's a really good placeholder.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

Half-Blood Prince only really shines when the film's darker and lighter sides manage to meet together, usually when Slughorn is around.

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source:

Yates & his technical team ... are the film's true magicians, taking the viewer's breath away ... with their cinematic craft, illusionistic skill and ... spellbinding wizardry

November 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
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[Harry Potter] is now the lone beacon of despair for children in an increasingly pandering and brainless cinematic landscape; a Grimm tale that should satisfy the darker whims of imaginative children.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix

Running an obscene 2 1/2 hours, presenting a story which could have made a halfway decent half-hour episode of a half-assed TV series, this Potter has no focus, a comprehensive plot, any semblance of cohesion, purpose, meaning.

April 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Comments (20)
Entertainment Insiders

A pesar de su extensa duración, 153 minutos, la cinta mantiene un buen ritmo a pesar de su falta de acción. Brillante fotografía.

March 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinenganos | Comment (1)

Those previously in the dark about the story from books or films will remain so, for the 153 minutes make little clear aside from a Be-Sure-To-See-The-Sequel conclusion.

January 18, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews | Comments (4)
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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is an icily grave and somber affair, with few moments of relief amid the mounting turmoil and a finale that blackens an already charcoal gray sky.

January 6, 2010 Full Review Source:

For all its focus on teen romantic entanglements, it sure has very little to do with the Half-Blood Prince.

December 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Visually appetizing sixth installment in the Harry Potter series.

December 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews of the longest yet most-delightfully entertaining installments in the series.

November 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Radcliffe, Grint and Watson are great as always, but director David Yates' adherence to realism stifles J.K. Rowling's trickster-storytelling wiles. Yates' horrifically bad botching of big-ticket moments bodes poorly for the "Deathly Hallows" films.

September 20, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comments (10)

Audience Reviews for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Amazing opening sequence, absolutely stunning. A fun movie with a series undertone. Great acting, funny at times. A great set-up for the last two films. As the series is winding down, the excitement is just heating up! Really worth seeing!
August 7, 2013
Nikhil N.
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Not the strongest of the series, simply for the fact that it has to introduce a whole lot of plot which won't pay off until two films afterwards. However, it does have one or two cracker fight scenes which strengthen the film overall. Full review later.
March 17, 2013
Thomas Bowler

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Being my favorite book of the series, I awaited this one with much anticipation and the unfortunate gap between it and Order of the Phoenix (the largest in the series) was almost unbearable. I was initially a little disappointed when walking out the theater because my favorite part of the book was completely left out: the attack on Hogwarts. Now that the series is over, while I still am bummed that they didn't film it at all, I kind of agree with their decision and reasoning that it would have been too identical to the finale of the series and would have made the impact of it a little less important. That said, the film is just plain beautiful with the best cinematography of the entire series and some of its best emotion moments they ever had. The way they handled the Half-Blood Prince aspect of the storyline, although less important than the overall story arc, is not as compelling as the book, but because of they way they filmed the movie and wrote the script, it wasn't made out to be a big deal in the first place. A little unfortunate considering it is the title of the movie, but not a significant flaw like others have tried to make it out to be. Some didn't like the tone of the movie, but it is perfectly in line with the book and I find the all the hormones and jokes pretty funny. The series continues to mature and the acting is even better. Even though I thought Order of the Phoenix was better despite being a worse book, this is still a great entry.
December 19, 2012

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    1. Horace Slughorn: All mine each and everyone, ex-students of course.
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    1. Horace Slughorn: Your mother was one of my favorites.
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    1. Horace Slughorn: Your way like your father you know, but your eyes are your mothers.
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    1. Horace Slughorn: The moguls who own this place are up at the canaries.
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    1. Horace Slughorn: Merlin's Beard, no need to disfigure me.
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    1. Professor Albus Dumbledore: Horace? Horace?
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