Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Reviews

  • The filmmakers have found a way to refresh our eyes and enhance our appreciation for this rich, amazing creation.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • The lag time between the final books and the movies has drained much of the urgency from this screen adaptation, which, far more than any of the previous films, feels like an afterthought.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Darker, more hormonal, more teenage-angsty and sadly more boring.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • David Yates knows how to play all the cards. Although a touch ungainly, his film is solidly constructed, with lots of fine effects.

    Andrew Pulver — Guardian [UK]

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is spellbinding, even though it is more grounded in reality and less fanciful than previous installments.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • [Half-Blood Prince] might be the most enjoyable Harry Potter movie yet for people who don't particularly care about Harry Potter movies.

    Dan Kois — Washington Post

  • Steve Kloves has written five of the Harry Potter screenplays, and The Half-Blood Prince reeks of formula.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • I'd be lying if I didn't say this movie gave me as much innocent pleasure as any I've seen this year.

    Scott Foundas — Village Voice

  • As for the ever-impressive supporting cast, neither a delightfully befuddled Jim Broadbent nor a wild-eyed Helena Bonham Carter can upstage Alan Rickman, who again proves invaluable as the slithery Prof. Snape.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • 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.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • So many actors shine in so many ways: Carter hisses deliciously, Broadbent sucks up beautifully. Watson shudders with frustration and heartbreak, Felton shudders with anger and fear.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Readers may decry the way the script deletes some scenes and adds others. But this film offers its own unique contribution to J.K. Rowling's beloved series.

    Nancy Churnin — Dallas Morning News

  • 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.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince isn't great family entertainment -- it's great entertainment, period, a blockbuster with true heart and real humanity alongside the high-stakes struggles and brilliant effects.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • No, it's not a larky kid-pic. We're firmly in the realm of English horror, as one set of sallow Brits battles another even sallower.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • 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.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • I admired this Harry Potter. It opens and closes well, and has wondrous art design and cinematography as always, only more so.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • As the concerns of novelist Rowling's characters gravitate increasingly toward matters of the heart and the hormones, the Potter films are leaving childhood behind. Yet the friendship of the central trio remains the key to the magic.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Director David Yates presides over some gorgeous CGI set pieces, but all the real magic comes from the scrum of ace British character actors.

    Cliff Doerksen — Chicago Reader

  • Half-Blood Prince is a bubbling cauldron of hormonal angst, rife with romance and heartbreak, jealousy and longing.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

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