Reviews

May 6, 2011
I think it's the best of the series, fairly easily, and a testament to why occasionally throwing a massive budget at an endeavor of this scope can be considered a reasonable decision.
Jul 22, 2009
If Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a roller coaster, it's the tiny train meant for only the very youngest kids, the one that seems to go round and round forever without really ever picking up any pace.
Jul 20, 2009
All in all, despite the verve that drives the grander set pieces, it's hard to avoid the sensation of a film toiling overtime to convince itself of its own solemnity.
Jul 17, 2009
Director David Yates presides over some gorgeous CGI set pieces, but all the real magic comes from the scrum of ace British character actors.
Jul 17, 2009
With its deft handling of teen yearning and affection, Half-Blood Prince maneuvers mysteries of heart and hankering that resound in worlds magic and Muggle.
Jul 17, 2009
David Yates is a solid hand as director, he does nothing but let the taps run, leaving us with little more than a bath full of comfortable if lukewarm water.
Jul 17, 2009
The strangest thing about the new Harry Potter movie is not that it's unusually good, which it is, but that it unequivocally illustrates just how poorly we've been served by the previous five instalments in the franchise.
Jul 17, 2009
It's a more mature magic. ... Now subject to the same raging hormones as any other 16-year-olds, our spell-casting heroes are learning to brew love potions this year, with results mostly played for laughs.
Jul 17, 2009
David Yates knows how to play all the cards. Although a touch ungainly, his film is solidly constructed, with lots of fine effects.
Jul 17, 2009
Darker, more hormonal, more teenage-angsty and sadly more boring.
Jul 17, 2009
David Yates feels a safer pair of hands than ever, underlining the Potter world's essential Englishness in a string of atmospheric locations.
Jul 17, 2009
Dear me, what a dull fight this has become. At points in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince I feared slipping into a persistent vegetative state.
Jul 17, 2009
This film is a bit like a summer cold: you just have to sit there while it runs its course.
Jul 17, 2009
The present film is a stepping stone, neither classic Potter nor scintillating adventure, but it proves the depth and wholeness of Rowling's imagined world.
Jul 17, 2009
To say that HP6 is light on incident is like saying that the new Transformers film occasionally gets a wee bit noisy. Understatement of the frickin' Quidditch season.
Jul 16, 2009
"After all these years, I just sort of go with it," shrugs Harry Potter. Six films in, so do we.
Jul 16, 2009
It's always a pleasure to be in the company of Potter, and when looking back at the just-competent first outings, well, baby, you've come a long way. But still: Where's the magic, huh?
Jul 16, 2009
Potions play a pivotal part in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and I wish I'd been able to find one for patience.
Jul 16, 2009
For non-readers, the films are now borderline incomprehensible, because so much prior knowledge is assumed, but I understand from loyal book readers that, especially in this new film, a great deal of important incident has been deleted.
Jul 16, 2009
Who would have thought, after five movies and so much hype, that the sixth Harry Potter movie would be better than most of its predecessors?