Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Reviews

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Amy Taubin
June 1, 2015
Mostly I love Harry Potter for the actors
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
June 1, 2015
I thought Rupert Grint came out of this the best of all of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
November 22, 2013
Half-Blood is a sustaining visit with beloved old (if not in age) friends.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade
November 22, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sean Edgar
Paste Magazine
November 22, 2013
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 | Original Score: 8.8/10
Alan Jones
Radio Times
November 22, 2013
Seamlessly and vigorously conveyed, this satisfying segment raises the storytelling and visual-effects bar for the entire series.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
What fun it is to behold our budding wizards and witches learning that love is the one spell they cannot control.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ali Gray
September 29, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Hank Sartin
Time Out Chicago
August 13, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Laremy Legel
May 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: A-
Dave White
April 4, 2011
Okay, so it's a placeholder. But it's a really good placeholder.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Joshua Starnes
March 22, 2011
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 | Original Score: 7/10
Jason Best
Movie Talk
November 18, 2010
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
Simon Miraudo
October 27, 2010
[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 | Original Score: 4/5
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders
April 13, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Luis Martinez
March 11, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 18, 2010
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.
Jordan Hiller
January 6, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
December 12, 2009
For all its focus on teen romantic entanglements, it sure has very little to do with the Half-Blood Prince.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 1, 2009
Visually appetizing sixth installment in the Harry Potter series.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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