Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Reviews

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December 8, 2014
For those like me who are outside but sympathetic to the faith, it looks like another handsomely made, good-natured and high-spirited family movie, which is dramatically stymied through being locked within school grounds.
December 8, 2014
Goblet is really just a glorified, 157-minute teaser trailer, an empty epic of proportions that truly stagger.
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.
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.
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.
July 16, 2011
It's downright scary how good this movie is.
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.
October 18, 2008
Goblet has enough sense of real kids maturing and believably facing problems to cast some genuine spells.
February 9, 2006
Goblet is deliciously dark, wickedly funny and superbly mounted.
January 17, 2006
It's too episodic, relying on action rather than emotion. The pace is headlong, so that the characterisation suffers.
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.
December 6, 2005
A focussed, efficient film that lacks charm but gets the job done.
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."
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.
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.
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.
November 18, 2005
Not just an efficient babysitter but a wizard of a movie.
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.
November 18, 2005
Newell deftly mixes in sweet teenage angst and lighter moments of physical humor.
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.
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