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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
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.
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
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
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
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
R. L. Shaffer
May 16, 2011
Far more emotionally complex and scary than any previous entry - Potter 7.1 is the franchise's best chapter yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 4, 2011
Fortunately, the good outweighs the mediocre, so in the end this is one of the better installments in the series.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Kevin A. Ranson
January 17, 2011
No more professors, no more books; no more Potter's defiant looks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4.0
Jordan Hiller
January 10, 2011
The domineering final stretch of a story that has become as much popcorn distraction as old, reliable friend is shaping up to be part family reunion, part merciless slugfest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Black
December 21, 2010
The magic is lost on the very young because of the films' even darker tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
December 14, 2010
The saga of Harry Potter definitely heats up before it winds down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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