Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Reviews

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November 20, 2013
It feels like the longest, deathliest panto ever made -- and still it isn't over.
November 20, 2013
Maybe Harry Potter could cast a magic spell over us before we see his new movie.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 14, 2013
The biggest plus of this film is that the story is brought out of Hogwarts and into a greater world.
May 26, 2013
It's just a lot of smoke - literally and figuratively - that evaporates into thin air without meaning or context.
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.
January 6, 2013
This penultimate entry in the series lacks the life and the imagination of its worthy predecessors.
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.
April 15, 2012
Fans may think 2 1/2 hours is just right. Some of us would have preferred a little pruning.
November 5, 2011
... Radcliffe, Grint and Watson have grown into their roles so well.
August 15, 2011
A terrific set-up to the final chapter of our favorite boy wizard's saga.
May 16, 2011
Far more emotionally complex and scary than any previous entry - Potter 7.1 is the franchise's best chapter yet.
April 10, 2011
A water-treading sequel sans emotional momentum which simply serves as a setup for this summer's grand finale.
April 4, 2011
Deliberate, nervy sequel that wisely matures with the fanbase...The deliberation and general caution of the picture is a perfect way to say good-bye to this amazing run of feature films.
April 4, 2011
...a sort of fantasy video game where the heroes must find their way through a maze to obtain all the needed magical articles to win. (Blu-ray Combo Edition)
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