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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Reviews

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Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)

Snape says it all right in the book: 'You have no subtlety, Potter.'

Full Review Source: Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine) | Original Score: 2.75/4

July 11, 2007
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies

For almost the entirety of Order of the Phoenix, we see much the same thing we did in Goblet of Fire.

Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies | Original Score: 2/4

July 14, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Whatever happened to the delight and, if you'll excuse the term, the magic in the Harry Potter series?

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 10, 2007
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

It feels like Charlie Brown getting ready to kick the football that Lucy's holding. He's sure she's going to pull it away once again, but Charlie gives it another try anyway, because it's there, and who knows, maybe this time will be different.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

July 10, 2007
Fernando F. Croce

The director, Peter Yates, pastes on the chiaroscuro, but under it is the summer-camp flatness that's always been the franchise's trademark

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 27, 2009
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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There is the fact that this [movie] is a watershed of backstory, revelations and plot clarifications before heading into the two remaining chapters. So while Phoenix is a necessary film, it's quite possibly the least enjoyable of the lot so far.

June 30, 2007
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Now that Harry has ditched childhood, it seems high time the franchise also dispatches with its immature and draggy literal-mindedness.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 10, 2007
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

With a script heavy on exposition almost completely devoid of sustained action sequences, Harry's latest is long on spiel and short on spells.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: C+

October 22, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Brought me straight back to one of the most enduring of childhood feelings: boredom.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 5, 2007
Joshua Tyler

The script just doesn't work unless you've got a Cliff's Notes version of the novels there with you.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 9, 2007
Eric Kohn
New York Press

Despite the smooth transition of the wondrous Potter mythology from Rowling's pen to the screen -- thanks to the efforts of several talented filmmakers -- the gradually unfurling plot remains grounded in routine.

Full Review Source: New York Press

July 12, 2007
Sarah Crompton
Daily Telegraph

Characters are given less room than usual to grow and shine, and despite its relatively short running time, the film occasionally goes through the motions of telling a story rather than actually doing so.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

July 9, 2007
Staci Layne Wilson

The story falls flat.

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July 11, 2007
Christopher Null

not a bad way to spend an afternoon, but even in a summer of uncommonly weak blockbusters, casual fans can probably find more thrilling ways to spend two hours

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

July 10, 2007
Eric Melin

As the number of pages gets higher, the movies are having a tougher time squeezing them all into one cohesive narrative.

| Original Score: 2/4

July 10, 2007
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

A severely streamlined, stiff series low. Aside from Imelda Staunton's spirited performance and Daniel Radcliffe's typically impressive stoicism, this adaptation reduces J.K. Rowling's zesty prose to lumpy, gray porridge.

Full Review Source: State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL) | Original Score: 2/4

July 11, 2007
Matt Pais

The movie's all set-up and no payoff, merely a placeholder until the series' next cash cow moos into theaters.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

July 9, 2007
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Mostly Hogwarts.

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: C+

July 25, 2007
Kent Turner

Harry Potter fanatics will have a field day pointing out the numerous omissions from the book.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 13, 2007
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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There's a really good one-hour movie here, but you'll have to blast through 138 minutes to find it.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

July 9, 2007
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