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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Reviews

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Christopher Kelly
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
November 18, 2014
For 10 years and eight films we've gotten to watch these young actors grow as people, as performers and as characters. It has been a true coming-of-age saga, in the fullest and most moving sense of the term.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Elliott
San Diego Reader
November 18, 2014
The grand finish, if not always inspired, feels necessary. In a sustained, imaginative way, this is the best of any movie series.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
January 4, 2012
Fiennes and Rickman get the actorly moments they've been building toward for so long, and the film is most fun when it sticks to mechanics: roller coaster rides, battle scenes, close calls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 15, 2011
In the 10 years since Harry's first big- screen close-up, the spell has never been broken. And we Muggles have been made better for the magic.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
July 15, 2011
It's a pleasant irony that, just as the first installments of Rowling's oeuvre were better suited to page than screen, the final installments have reversed the relationship.
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David Denby
New Yorker
July 15, 2011
When the movie was over, a young boy sitting behind me said, "That was great!" He was satisfied, and rightly so.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
July 14, 2011
This is the way The Harry Potter saga was meant to end.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
July 14, 2011
Fasten your seat belts. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2is an emotional roller-coaster ride.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 14, 2011
The best possible end for the series that began a decade ago.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 14, 2011
The final chapter ends with an epilogue that puts a lump in your throat and makes you want to watch them all again from the beginning. That's the definition of a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 14, 2011
It is not often that we can chart a series over 10 years featuring the same child stars as they grow into adults. This phenomenon gives Deathly Hallows 2 a particular poignancy.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 14, 2011
This is a terrific, smartly designed adolescent adventure, visually rich, narratively satisfying, and bound to resonate for years to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 14, 2011
Deathly Hallows Part 2 sends Harry off into the pop culture pantheon on a thrilling high note. Well played. Well played indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
July 14, 2011
Considering that it began with genial formula of spell-casting and flying broomsticks, the phantasmagorical imagery and violence in the eighth installment is fairly adult.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 14, 2011
Like the previous seven movies, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" obliviates the line between art and craft, but the witchcraft conjured for this satisfying finale is uniquely generous.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 14, 2011
Ten years and eight films after the boy wand-twirler's cinematic adventures began, the saga resolves in ways suspenseful, romantic and thrilling.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 14, 2011
A movie with no beginning and no middle but two-plus hours of thundering, momentous ending...
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
July 14, 2011
Yates and Kloves find the grand scope in Rowling's book, and mine it for all the excitement and pathos it's worth.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 14, 2011
Exactly what it needs to be: artfully filmed, tautly paced, just sentimental enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 13, 2011
My, how the children have grown -- and the movies too.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 13, 2011
It has been extraordinarily fun, and now the decade-long saga has reached its grand finale. The best has been saved for the last.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 13, 2011
The Harry Potter films, like the boy wizard himself, have had their creative ups and downs, so it's especially satisfying that this final film, ungainly title and all, has been worth the wait.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 13, 2011
With its heartening final note of hope and renewal, Deathly Hallows -- Part 2 provides an altogether fitting finale to a series that has prized the fans above all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
July 13, 2011
Cinematographer Eduardo Serra underscores the sense of dread with a rich charcoal palette, and the outstanding CGI and 3D effects make the otherworldly threats more corporeal.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
July 13, 2011
Well done, Harry! You've saved the best for last.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
July 13, 2011
Tears are shed for the lost, cheers are raised for the (often unexpectedly) brave and noble, and, in the movie's final moments, there is a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment rarely achieved in filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
July 13, 2011
It's always hard to predict how a work of art will age over time, but I have the feeling that, like its three young leads, the Harry Potter series will turn out just fine.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 13, 2011
It's virtually non-stop action, though director David Yates, who has taken good care of these final four, ever-meaner Potter adventures, does a very crafty thing, following adapter Steve Kloves' screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 13, 2011
This movie is impressively staged, the dialogue is given proper weight and not hurried through, there are surprises which, in hindsight, seem fair enough, and "Harry Potter" now possesses an end that befits the most profitable series in movie history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
July 13, 2011
This is a masterful and worthy final chapter in one of the best franchises ever put to film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 13, 2011
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 puts a triumphant capper on a decade of Pottermania.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 13, 2011
It's almost impossible for the convergence of good and evil to meet inflated expectations. What matters here is that the story is told clearly and with faithfulness to the book, and that it resolves a conflict that has simmered for a decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 13, 2011
The movie puts a spell on you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 13, 2011
A fitting, expertly made final chapter, freighted with hard-won emotions, shot through with a sense of farewell, and fully aware of the epic stakes involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 13, 2011
Be sure to arrive at your seat with plenty of popcorn -- and tissues. You're going to need both.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 13, 2011
What fun to feel like a kid again. I had a marvelous time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
July 12, 2011
Part 2 is a magnificent finale for this fantasy opus, one that pays ample justice to Harry's long-in-the-making showdown with He Who Must Not Be Named, a battle in which life and death, the past and the future, precariously hang in the balance.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
July 12, 2011
The final Harry Potter movie, above all others, supplies Radcliffe with the gravitas of not just an epic story come to completion, but some real dramatic heft. Not so bad for a Hogwarts dropout.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 12, 2011
We'll miss you, Harry. But oh, what a way to go out.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
July 12, 2011
While it's unfolding, this is just terrific fun: eye-scorching, ear-battering, heart-pounding cinema of pure spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 12, 2011
It's wonderful. Epic and heartbreaking and just as grand as it needs to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 12, 2011
Everything a summer blockbuster should be but rarely is - a whip-smart, slam-bang piece of entertainment where we deeply care about the fate of the central characters (and many subsidiary ones who return for their last bows).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 12, 2011
With shifting loyalties, unlikely heroes, truths revealed and a little help from friends, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" winds the series up in a most-satisfying fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 11, 2011
The sublime supporting cast, brought back if only for glimpses here, remind us that the series is a luscious, perhaps unparalleled showcase for this generation's most endearing British actors.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
July 11, 2011
In the end the thing works like, well, magic...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 11, 2011
The thrilling conclusion to a phenomenal cinematic story 10 years in the telling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 is proof that authentic movie excitement is its own form of magic.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 11, 2011
While "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" offers long-promised answers, it also dares to pose some eternal questions, and it'll stay with you after the final chapter has closed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 11, 2011
HPATDH 2 works like a charm. A funereal charm, to be sure, but then, there's no time left for larks.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
July 6, 2011
If you've been a devoted follower of the Potter saga in print and at the movies, you'll come away from this final chapter with a feeling of catharsis and, perhaps, a slightly damp handkerchief.
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Justin Chang
Variety
July 6, 2011
With its accelerated rhythm, relentless flow of incident and wizard-war endgame, Part 2 will strike many viewers as a much more exciting, involving picture than the slower, more atmospheric Part 1.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2011
An outstanding capper to the most lucrative film franchise of all time.