Critic Review -

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)


patz l.

patz luat

totally agree.. those three are really great in the way they portray their characters. it's just that the directing is wrong.. again, the important scenes are missing

Sep 24 - 09:56 PM

Yve S.

Yve Stone

Finally an accurate critique of this movie! My kids loved the books and all of the movies but this one. It was a disappointment when we walked out of the theatre and not really worth buying the video when available. Some of the scenes were visually too dark, choppy, and disjointed. Although the content is dark, the books and movies are magical and engaging, this movie was neither.

Nov 7 - 11:36 PM

Ima V.

Ima Volavka

Was anyone as disappointed in the ending as I was? Anyone who is a fan of the books, and read them, would know that Harry, no matter what Dumbledore said, would not stay down below while Dumbledore was in trouble. I certainly hope the screenwriter and/or the director does a better job following the book in the Deathly Hallows movies.

Nov 14 - 10:52 AM


Steven Plodger

Seriously. Harry was frozen in place by a spell in the book, but in the movie, they f**k that all to hell. Unless Snape learned to cast spells by going "Shh...".

Dec 7 - 01:17 PM


Juanita Johnson

totaly agree, they completley ruined a great book, and that is such a big part of Harry,, he would never have stood there and watched.

Jan 2 - 09:32 PM


Sam Finney

ummmmm thats what happened in the book.....

Mar 16 - 11:37 AM


Tallulah Robinson

This has successfully articulated what I've been thinking...I did still really like this movie, but not as much as the others. His 'adherence to realism' is spot on, and it does stifle up the magic that is present in the book, even though it's darker.

Jun 7 - 03:16 AM

Tyler W.

Tyler White

I hated Order of the Phoenix at first, but came to kind of like it. I definitely don't like Yates. This movie is awful though, by far the worst HP movie of the series. All of them were good except for 5 and 6.

Jul 9 - 03:25 PM

jen g.

jen g

I definately agree with this, all the time they spent on the non-important things like the bit where harry is in the lil cafe as well as the part where the burrow gets set on fire, could've got towards important parts from the book. Another thing, where on earth are they meant to be having the wedding for Bill and Fleur seeing as they destroyed the burrow? Very poor directing in this movie to be honest

Jul 28 - 09:58 PM


Shobi Seneviratne

Couldn't agree with you more

Aug 23 - 03:05 AM

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