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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

TOMATOMETER

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

Critics Consensus: 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
Reviews Counted: 49
Fresh: 42
Rotten: 7

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

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 1,552,789

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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating:
PG (for scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality)
Genre:
Drama , Action & Adventure , Kids & Family , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
J.K. Rowling , Steve Kloves
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Dec 8, 2009
Box Office:
$301.9M
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

All Critics (263) | Top Critics (49) | 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.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Film.com
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 20, 2009
New Yorker
Top Critic

Director David Yates presides over some gorgeous CGI set pieces, but all the real magic comes from the scrum of ace British character actors.

Full Review… | July 17, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 17, 2009
Denver Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 17, 2009
NPR
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 16, 2009
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Half-Blood is a sustaining visit with beloved old (if not in age) friends.

Full Review… | November 22, 2013
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.

Full Review… | November 22, 2013
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.

Full Review… | November 22, 2013
Paste Magazine

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

Full Review… | November 22, 2013
Radio Times

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

Full Review… | May 26, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 29, 2012
TheShiznit.co.uk

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.

Full Review… | August 13, 2012
Time Out Chicago

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

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Movies.com

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

Full Review… | March 22, 2011
ComingSoon.net

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

Full Review… | November 18, 2010
Movie Talk

[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.

Full Review… | October 27, 2010
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.

Full Review… | April 13, 2010
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.

Full Review… | March 11, 2010
Cinenganos

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.

Full Review… | January 18, 2010
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review… | January 6, 2010
Bangitout.com

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

Full Review… | December 12, 2009
Cinema Sight

Visually appetizing sixth installment in the Harry Potter series.

Full Review… | December 1, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...one of the longest yet most-delightfully entertaining installments in the series.

Full Review… | November 30, 2009
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.

Full Review… | September 20, 2009
Suite101.com

Audience Reviews for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Decent addition to the harry potter franchise but beginning to get a bit long in the tooth. Good thing this will be wrapping up soon.

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jmanard52
John Manard

Super Reviewer

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!

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Nikhil N.
Nikhil Nandu

Super Reviewer

½

There is absolutely no question that this is the WORST film in the bunch...but then again, it's likely also the worst book. I don't know how anybody could follow this film if they hadn't read the books. In the last five minutes, there's a surprise reveal, "Hi, I'm the Half Blood Prince!" without ANY explanation whatsoever or mulling over of the titular mystery. Really bad effort at crafting a screenplay from the book. Still -- it's gets a slightly better than average rating BECAUSE it is Harry Potter and because even Spielberg can't cough up such fantastic visual effects.

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cchclaw
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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.

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TomBowler
Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Quotes


Horace Slughorn:
All mine each and everyone, ex-students of course.
– Submitted by Adam P (14 months ago)
Horace Slughorn:
Your mother was one of my favorites.
– Submitted by Adam P (14 months ago)
Horace Slughorn:
Your way like your father you know, but your eyes are your mothers.
– Submitted by Adam P (14 months ago)
Horace Slughorn:
The moguls who own this place are up at the canaries.
– Submitted by Adam P (14 months ago)
Horace Slughorn:
Merlin's Beard, no need to disfigure me.
– Submitted by Adam P (14 months ago)
Professor Albus Dumbledore:
Horace? Horace?
– Submitted by Adam P (14 months ago)

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