[Director] Cuarón's imagery delights again and again
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Compared to its predecessors, this is a more wintry, thoughtful and rewarding movie.
What we're treated to is less a story than a series of vignettes.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Two and a half hours of neck-cramping semi-entertainment.
The childlike whimsy of the previous Potters is dead, replaced by an encroaching loss of innocence and a foreboding sense of darkness. A new punch of life for the series.
| Original Score: A-
Consistently glorious to the eye.
This is a luminous movie -- luminous, imaginative and affecting. For Harry Potter, at least, the third time is the charm.
Growing up is hard enough for us Muggles; it certainly can't be any easier for wizards and witches. This is the first Potter movie that examines this.
| Original Score: 4/5
Despite generic constraints and audience expectations, Cuaron has succeeded in making a personal film
| Original Score: B+
One of the best films so far this year and a big step up from two previous solid efforts.
The ordinariness of the magical world is a theme that runs throughout the film. Where Columbus went to great lengths to highlight every fantastical thing about this universe, Cuaron treats it matter-of-factly.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Entertaining, but it drains any kind of suspense from Harry's adventures by giving the magicians every variety of spell that they need just when they need it.
I'm really happy with how this installment turned out. I can easily recommend that you grab the kids and catch it on the big screen.
...a good, atmospheric stepping stone in the Potter chronology, with yet something missing to make it an entirely satisfying movie on its own. (Ultimate Edition, Blu-ray)
| Original Score: 7/10
The overall look is purposely grim and downbeat.
| Original Score: B
Just like Hagrid when he's faced with the certain death of his faithful pet Buckbeak, the audience falls into the emotional trap that Cuarón creates.
A picture that's not only a franchise peak but a high point of the whole summer. For the first time in four years of half-trying, I'm gathering what all the fuss is about.
A refreshing change of pace. Sophisticated and distinctive.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
More thoughtful, but still entertaining.