Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Reviews

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Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
July 11, 2007
Snape says it all right in the book: 'You have no subtlety, Potter.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.75/4
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
July 14, 2007
For almost the entirety of Order of the Phoenix, we see much the same thing we did in Goblet of Fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 10, 2007
Whatever happened to the delight and, if you'll excuse the term, the magic in the Harry Potter series?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 10, 2007
It feels like Charlie Brown getting ready to kick the football that Lucy's holding. He's sure she's going to pull it away once again, but Charlie gives it another try anyway, because it's there, and who knows, maybe this time will be different.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
The director, Peter Yates, pastes on the chiaroscuro, but under it is the summer-camp flatness that's always been the franchise's trademark
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 30, 2007
There is the fact that this [movie] is a watershed of backstory, revelations and plot clarifications before heading into the two remaining chapters. So while Phoenix is a necessary film, it's quite possibly the least enjoyable of the lot so far.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 10, 2007
Now that Harry has ditched childhood, it seems high time the franchise also dispatches with its immature and draggy literal-mindedness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 22, 2007
With a script heavy on exposition almost completely devoid of sustained action sequences, Harry's latest is long on spiel and short on spells.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 5, 2007
Brought me straight back to one of the most enduring of childhood feelings: boredom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joshua Tyler
July 9, 2007
The script just doesn't work unless you've got a Cliff's Notes version of the novels there with you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric Kohn
New York Press
July 12, 2007
Despite the smooth transition of the wondrous Potter mythology from Rowling's pen to the screen -- thanks to the efforts of several talented filmmakers -- the gradually unfurling plot remains grounded in routine.
Sarah Crompton
Daily Telegraph
July 9, 2007
Characters are given less room than usual to grow and shine, and despite its relatively short running time, the film occasionally goes through the motions of telling a story rather than actually doing so.
Staci Layne Wilson
July 11, 2007
The story falls flat.
Christopher Null
July 10, 2007
not a bad way to spend an afternoon, but even in a summer of uncommonly weak blockbusters, casual fans can probably find more thrilling ways to spend two hours
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Melin
July 10, 2007
As the number of pages gets higher, the movies are having a tougher time squeezing them all into one cohesive narrative.
| Original Score: 2/4
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
July 11, 2007
A severely streamlined, stiff series low. Aside from Imelda Staunton's spirited performance and Daniel Radcliffe's typically impressive stoicism, this adaptation reduces J.K. Rowling's zesty prose to lumpy, gray porridge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Pais
July 9, 2007
The movie's all set-up and no payoff, merely a placeholder until the series' next cash cow moos into theaters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
July 25, 2007
Mostly Hogwarts.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kent Turner
July 13, 2007
Harry Potter fanatics will have a field day pointing out the numerous omissions from the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 9, 2007
There's a really good one-hour movie here, but you'll have to blast through 138 minutes to find it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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