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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Reviews

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
December 8, 2014
In its last third, The Goblet of Fire builds to a climax of such overpowering dread that you might just forget the rest. Harry grows up in an instant, and the film does, too.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
December 8, 2014
Kloves has streamlined J. K. Rowling's 700-plus-page opus into cinematic fighting form. And the special effects, which threatened to overwhelm the first two movies, are seamlessly integrated.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 22, 2013
Goblet of Fire is more effective in these smaller, more intimate moments than in the bloated bombast of its larger set pieces.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 16, 2011
It's downright scary how good this movie is.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 27, 2011
A marked disappointment after Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, this fourth installment in the franchise is a 157-minute holding pattern.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
Goblet has enough sense of real kids maturing and believably facing problems to cast some genuine spells.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Goblet is deliciously dark, wickedly funny and superbly mounted.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
December 6, 2005
Whenever it hits its stride, it's a well-acted, vividly executed, full-speed-ahead special-effects extravaganza that puts as much bang as possible into every remaining scene.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 21, 2005
What will allow the remaining films to prosper, is the words that we hear at the start, from an elderly caretaker: "Bloody kids."
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 21, 2005
The special effects are first rate but I think it's always going to be about the characters. And they're great characters.
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November 21, 2005
It's always a treat to see what big-studio-franchise cash can produce in the way of top-flight British (and Irish) actors.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 18, 2005
Screenwriter Kloves deserves a tip of the wizard's hat for cutting Rowling's immense tome (636 pages) down to size, and for keeping the story moving despite a surfeit of characters and incidents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 18, 2005
Not just an efficient babysitter but a wizard of a movie.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
November 18, 2005
The real hero of the fourth Harry Potter film isn't the teenage wizard but screenwriter Steve Kloves, who has magically transformed J.K. Rowling's bloated, 734-page novel into a more swiftly paced, entertaining script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 18, 2005
Newell deftly mixes in sweet teenage angst and lighter moments of physical humor.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 18, 2005
This edition advances the Potter saga through the presentation of a variety of set pieces, some quite spectacular. And if the movie sometimes loses momentum, it contains enough grand sights and magical mayhem to stir even skeptical imaginations.
Read More | Original Score: B
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November 18, 2005
Frankly, the entire film felt like the cinematic version of Hamburger Helper -- too little meat trying to do too much.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 17, 2005
There's ample reason to stay with this series. When Harry says 'I love magic,' you believe it.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 17, 2005
The fourth installment (yes, it never ends) in the series about the little wizard with the round glasses grows so violent and ghoulish that it drains the appeal of stories that are best when they stay innocuous.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 17, 2005
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is probably the most engaging Potter film of the series thus far.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 17, 2005
The strongest film of the bunch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
November 17, 2005
Goblet offers its own brew of wondrous chimera combined with the wonders of human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 17, 2005
Though the special effects in this film are often breathtaking, the real drama is here is exactly where it should be: in a young man's frightened but resolute eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 17, 2005
It's scarier than the previous three movies and more poignant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 17, 2005
It's not until Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire that a film has successfully re-created the sense of stirring magical adventure and engaged, edge-of-your-seat excitement that has made the books such an international phenomenon.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 17, 2005
A movie that assures us that the journey we are on will be worth the time and emotion that's been invested in it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 17, 2005
More impressive than wondrous, it won't transform the series, but it moves it along, pushing its charges toward adulthood and the mean sorcery of the grown-up world.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 17, 2005
Easily the most involving of the movies so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 17, 2005
There's a darkness on the edge of Hogwarts, and its name is adolescence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
November 17, 2005
The visual magic of the story, as well as some enormously welcome glimmerings of humor, gives it the solid feel of a well-tended franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 17, 2005
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, fourth in the fantasy franchise, is the most fun and the most fraught with conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 17, 2005
The film follows in the fantasy tradition of stretching perceptions of the possible, and it does so in a richly realized and recognizably human universe.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 17, 2005
It balances the exhilaration of independence -- one of the great joys of growing up -- with the sobering realization that being a grown-up means there's no one around to protect you.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
November 17, 2005
Adolescence is no less sticky a situation for multibillion-dollar movie franchises than it is for young witches and wizards, and what is a Part 4 if not the cinematic equivalent of those awkward tween years?
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
November 17, 2005
Goblet shifts effortlessly from dark to light to dark again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 17, 2005
Goblet of Fire is indisputably the best movie in the franchise thus far.
Read More | Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 17, 2005
[Newell] balances delicately between whimsy and the ominous, on the uncertain middle ground where Harry lives, poised between fun at school, teenage romance and the dark abyss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 16, 2005
The fourth and most boring entry in the franchise.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 16, 2005
Childhood ends for the young wizard with the zigzag scar in the happily satisfying film adaptation of the fourth book in J. K. Rowling's series.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 16, 2005
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire does have its quota of antic marvels.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
November 16, 2005
Radcliffe is literally and figuratively growing into his role, while Watson shows greater fire and depth. And Grint's rubbery charm is intact.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 16, 2005
Harry Potter has become a rare cinematic constant -- something to be anticipated every year or two.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ed Park
Village Voice
November 15, 2005
To this viewer and reader, the decade-old juggernaut is as deeply felt as it is flawed, dense and illogical and laudably weird.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 15, 2005
Exactly what fans are looking for, offering eye-boggling spectacle and lots of well-executed action scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 14, 2005
It's hard to resist.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 9, 2005
The best one yet.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
November 9, 2005
The filmmakers keep the narrative screws fastened tight, which gives The Goblet of Fire an intensity that rarely flags.