Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The 6th installment in the Harry Potter juggernaut 3.2 out of 5 based on 13 reviews
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Certificate PG
Genre Family / Children
Director David Yates
Cast Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon, Helena Bonham Carter Daniel Radcliff
Studio Warner Bros UK
Release Date July 2009
Running Time 153 minutes
 

The 6th installment in the Harry Potter juggernaut

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Reviews

The Daily Telegraph

Sarah Crompton

Watching with pleasure, I couldn’t help occasionally wondering what a newcomer to the series would make of it all. I suspect the plot would be almost overwhelmingly confusing. But for fans both of the films and the books, this is an elegant addition to the canon — even if it is only there to set the scene for the final conflict in the next two movies.

07/07/2009

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Variety

Todd McCarthy

Dazzlingly well made and perhaps deliberately less fanciful than the previous entries, this one is played in a mode closer to palpable life-or-death drama than any of the others and is quite effective as such.

05/07/2009

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The Sunday Telegraph

Freddie Ruddle

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is very interesting and the best Harry Potter film so far. I am a really big Harry Potter fan and I love them all. The only reason I like the new one best is because the special effects and the graphics are better than the rest.

08/07/2009

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The Independent

Ella Thorold

The Half-Blood Prince is frightening, funny, romantic and entertaining but as the end credits rolled, I still felt disappointed. I had waited all year to see my second-favourite Potter book brought to life. If I wasn't a die-hard fan, I'm sure I would have loved it. My gripe is that the film was simply too different from the book – the writers inserted pointless scenes and took out others crucial to the narrative.

08/07/2009

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The Scotsman

Alistair Harkness

For the most part, however, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince succeeds in being a much more immersive film than normal, and comes close to capturing on film some of the texture and richness of Rowling's books.

08/07/2009

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The Times

Charlie Ruddle

Clever, witty, gripping what else do you want from a movie?. Sadly this is not what I can say about The Half Blood Prince. Although I was really excited about the new Harry Potter film and I thought that the start was brilliant, I have to say it started fading away about half way through.

08/07/2009

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Empire Magazine

Angie Errigo

We’re marking time before the final battle between Good and Evil, with the promised darkness sitting somewhat clumsily with teen romance and humour.

11/10/2009

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The Evening Standard

Nick Curtis

Complaints about the plot, or the disjunction between the lead characters’ adolescent attitudes and the actors’ obvious physical maturity, feel redundant. The Harry Potter films are a phenomenon, as powerful as any Hogwarts love potion. Resistance is useless.

07/07/2009

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The Daily Express

A Harry Potter Fan

The picture does not have the suspense of Phoenix, feeling more like a staging post to the big finale.

06/07/2009

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The Guardian

Andrew Pulver

Although a touch ungainly, his film is solidly constructed, with lots of fine effects. If, as Potter approaches his final confrontation with Voldemort, the wizardly battles begin to resemble Lord of the Rings, it's hardly a handicap; this is tried and tested cinematic language, and does all it needs.

04/07/2009

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Time Out

Wally Hammond

Longer than the last, the sixth episode of the adventures of the increasingly burdened magic warrior of Privet Drive is a more human affair than its predecessors. It’s as full of the romantic dalliances of the maturing students as it is of warring set-pieces, creature shocks and detours down dark Dickensian alleys. We can already sense the two-part seventh and final saga on the horizon, and the whole less-frenzied affair is tonally and emotionally suggestive of a post-battle re-grouping before a final cinematic assault.

16/07/2009

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The Times

Wendy Ide

The latest instalment is more of the same tried and tested formula to be sure, but it’s a formula that produces pure gold as far as the fans are concerned. The Potter movie experience is bigger than the sum of the individual talents that contribute to its making. David Yates, the director, orchestrates the picture with dizzying energy and confidence, but the might of the Potter phenomenon dwarfs his individual artistic contribution.

08/07/2009

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Total Film

Jonathan Crocker

Twilight with laughs? Sort of. One of the Potter franchise’s breeziest entries yet offers flashes of darkness but lashings of teen tension. Less a movie than a set-up for next year’s epic conclusion. Bring on V-day.

07/07/2009

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