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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Reviews

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Top Critic
David Elliott
San Diego Reader
November 14, 2016
Maturing performances are a bonus, but the show's the thing, and by now it seems much richer than any theme park that could ever be made from it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Half a movie at full price, it exists only to supply laborious setup for next summer's final installment.
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
November 20, 2013
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 isn't close to being a bad movie, but it is arguably the weakest among the seven films in the series.
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
November 20, 2013
It feels like the longest, deathliest panto ever made -- and still it isn't over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald
November 20, 2013
Maybe Harry Potter could cast a magic spell over us before we see his new movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Katherine Monk
November 20, 2013
Yates does a pretty good job with the heavy lifting, but there's not much poetry to this exercise that brings the story of the boy wizard one step closer to its conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade
November 20, 2013
Deathly Hallows is the first Harry Potter film that fully delivers on the promise of J.K. Rowling's works, expertly balancing a tricky and expansive narrative, along with quiet character moments and some rollicking action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Russell
November 20, 2013
The entire cast does the subtlest work we've seen in a Potter film, right down to the supporting and single-scene players.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Rafer Guzman
November 20, 2013
Part 1, like its predecessors, has been made with great care, craft and attention to detail. It is also darker and more foreboding.
Tracie Cooper
TV Guide
November 20, 2013
As J.K. Rowling wove a conclusion as ominous as it was elegant in the final installment of the Potter series, so too has director David Yates in Part 1 of Deathly Hallows.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Josh Jackson
Paste Magazine
November 20, 2013
Sure, there are some rearranging and compressing of scenes and facts, but the two-and-a-half hour runtime for half a book allows screenwriter Steve Kloves and director David Yates the space to faithfully retell a really good story.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.3/10
Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered
November 9, 2013
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is beautifully shot with wonderful atmosphere and an appropriately dark tone, making it a very enjoyable experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
October 14, 2013
The biggest plus of this film is that the story is brought out of Hogwarts and into a greater world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
It's just a lot of smoke - literally and figuratively - that evaporates into thin air without meaning or context.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 13, 2013
Alternately funny and touching, it's the best film in the series, an "Empire Strikes Back" for these wizards and their wizarding world. And those effects? They're so special you don't notice them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
January 6, 2013
This penultimate entry in the series lacks the life and the imagination of its worthy predecessors.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jeff Beck
September 22, 2012
It seems unfair to chide the entire film for one sagging act, so in the end, this first part gets a slight recommendation for its characters, art direction, and some thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
April 15, 2012
Fans may think 2 1/2 hours is just right. Some of us would have preferred a little pruning.
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
November 5, 2011
... Radcliffe, Grint and Watson have grown into their roles so well.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 15, 2011
A terrific set-up to the final chapter of our favorite boy wizard's saga.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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