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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Reviews

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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
November 26, 2013
By focussing the story on Harry (a leaner and slightly meaner Daniel Radcliffe) and his exploits, Yates dispenses with many of the novel's subplots and is able to push the story forward, ominously foreshadowing the dark times to come.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Performances are more mature, the soundtrack (by Nicholas Hooper) less grandiose, and Yates executes some thrilling set-pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
July 19, 2007
Installment five boosts his [Harry's] rebellion to enjoyable levels of British pique.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 16, 2007
We do get terrific work from the all-star British cast, and the special effects are as seamless as ever.
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
July 13, 2007
Director David Yates, who is new to the Potter franchise, moves the story along briskly, at the expense of texture and nuance.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
July 12, 2007
The darkest and most menacing by far of the five [films, [Phoenix] is also the only series entry outside of the third that feels like the product of a vivid cinematic imagination and not just a slavishly faithful transposition.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 12, 2007
Truth be told, it's the lad's many onscreen allies that prove the film franchise's richest draws. (Thank you, Alan Rickman, for your wonderfully embittered turn as Severus Snape.)
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 12, 2007
Yates, especially given the sinister subject matter on hand, does a rather workmanlike job of traffic-managing the action. But some of the magic effects are indeed magical.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
July 12, 2007
This is the bleakest Potter installment to date, and under David Yates's choppy direction, Maggie Smith, Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, and David Thewlis have little more than walk-ons.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
July 10, 2007
The whole Hogwarts faculty is so beautifully cast, it reinforces the American impression that in Britain great actors must be piled up on the side of the road in heaps.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 10, 2007
For all the action -- and there's plenty of it, even if it's only a portion of what was crammed into Rowling's 870 pages -- the most important stuff is what takes place in Harry's head.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 10, 2007
This is a gangly, confusing sprawl, and yet there are enough patches of beauty scattered throughout that it's impossible to reject it wholesale.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 10, 2007
It seems that love and friendship are qualities worth rattling your wand over. En route, we can once more ooh-and-aah at the franchise's impressive array of acting talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
July 10, 2007
There's still enough suspense built into the saga to keep us watching, but after five installments, this dazzling box office wizard is slowly running out of tricks.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
July 10, 2007
Order Of The Phoenix feels a little too complacent at times, though it has moments of visual wit, and it doesn't soft-pedal the dark mood that has eclipsed the series.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
July 10, 2007
To their credit, new director David Yates and new screenwriter Michael Goldenberg never lose the heart of the tale. Even in the midst of an incredibly thrilling magical battle of whippeting wands, flashing light and furor, they focus on Harry's inner war.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 10, 2007
[The filmmakers] have transformed J.K. Rowling's garrulous storytelling into something leaner, moodier and more compelling, that ticks with metronomic purpose as the story flits between psychological darkness and cartoonish slapstick.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 10, 2007
Continuing the increasingly darker, more adult trend of the series, the film version is swiftly paced, engrossing and often thrilling.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 10, 2007
Yates lacks a steady grip on the shape and rhythm of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 10, 2007
It all feels a little safe. The movie's full of spells, all right. But where's the magic?
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 10, 2007
A fruitcake-of-a-movie dense with exposition and woefully short on payoff.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 10, 2007
While the film doesn't have the imaginative magic of The Prisoner of Azkaban or the chummy warmth of The Goblet of Fire, it's a serviceable bridge to the story's final chapters.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 10, 2007
It's the familiar faces that help make Phoenix the best Potter movie yet. Director Yates, who is expected to return for the next installment, continues the shift away from set design and toward performance.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 10, 2007
Yates is wise not to stuff too many characters into this yarn, and plays everybody well, if sparingly. He can't offer a sense of completion -- more movies to come, you know -- but he offers a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting transition.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
July 10, 2007
Partly due to its intensity, Order of the Phoenix is better than the first four in the series. Also credit a much tighter, meatier script and better acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 10, 2007
There is a lot of story here, complex and compelling.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 10, 2007
A movie much more in the mode of a conventional thriller than previous Potter outings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 10, 2007
This series is growing up with moody blockbuster urgency. More emotionally wracked with each new entry, the Potter franchise has become a mainstream fantasy metaphor for adolescent crisis. It's Rebel Without a Curse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
July 10, 2007
This movie feels less like a plot-point checklist than the last one did, and there's enough visual razzle-dazzle to entertain those who haven't read the book and might miss a twist here or a turn there.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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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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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 9, 2007
The special effects continue to be masterful, but villains are given a new twist, and Order of the Phoenix is all the more fun because of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 9, 2007
Although Order of the Phoenix is not a great movie, it is a pretty good one, in part because it does not strain to overwhelm the audience with noise and sensation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 9, 2007
For all its gloominess, Order of the Phoenix is, in several ways, the best Potter picture yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 9, 2007
The movie is at times brilliant with a powerhouse performance by Imelda Staunton.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
July 9, 2007
If you've read all the books and seen all the movies up to this point, you may not mind the extra weight. But a newcomer to the Potter chronicles making his or her acquaintance with this film may be forgiven for wondering where the magic is.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 9, 2007
With its fifth cinematic outing, the Harry Potter film series has ascended to another level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 9, 2007
Thinned down from the series' longest book, Phoenix can't shake an episodic feeling that makes it difficult to develop momentum.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 9, 2007
The most striking aspect of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is its contrast between the hormonally and supernaturally tormented teenager at its center and the modestly well-made and easygoing picture unfolding all around him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
July 9, 2007
Familiarity is not quite breeding contempt for Harry and his friends and enemies. But it's starting to breed indifference.
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Colin Bertram
New York Daily News
July 8, 2007
It's action-packed, darker, more epic and thankfully schmaltz-free. And it's the best Harry Potter film yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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David Ansen
Newsweek
July 8, 2007
The storytelling seems occasionally disjointed, but...for all the special-effects wizardry, that touch of film magic never surfaces. There's fireworks and action and much swooshing about, but this interim installment seems stuck in one nightmarish gear.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 7, 2007
Did I mention that, for all its portentousness, this is the best Harry Potter picture yet? In some ways, it improves on J. K. Rowling's novel, which is punishingly protracted and builds to a climactic wand-off better seen than read.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 6, 2007
Potter 5 [is] not just a ripping yarn but a powerful, poignant coming-of-age story.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 6, 2007
Order of the Phoenix, the best of the series so far, has the laughs, the jitters and the juice to make even nonbelievers wild about Harry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 30, 2007
The metaphors are all implicit and have a lot to do with just growing up and facing unpleasant realities, but they increasingly contribute to the feeling of nervousness and unease creeping into the series.