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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Mystery . Family . Fantasy . Adventure

Returning for his fifth year of study at the venerable Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the ever-maturing Harry Potter is stunned to find that his warnings about the return of Lord Voldemort have been ignored. Left with no choice, Harry takes matters into his own hands, training a small group of students -- dubbed "Dumbledore's Army" -- to defend themselves against the dark arts.

Actors: Brendan Gleeson , Helena Bonham Carter , Maggie Smith , Richard Macklin , Jason Boyd , Harry Melling , Alan Rickman , Robbie Coltrane , Ralph Fiennes , Michael Gambon , Emma Watson , Rupert Grint , Daniel Radcliffe
Directors: David Yates
Country: UK , USA
Release: 2007-07-11
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  • Colin Bertram

    It's action-packed, darker, more epic and thankfully schmaltz-free. And it's the best "Harry Potter" film yet.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    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.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    In narrative terms, not that much happens, but as for Harry's emotional journey--well, that's nearly epic.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Not just a ripping yarn but a powerful, poignant coming-of-age story.

    Time Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    It will hook you good and keep you riveted.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    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.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    For those who have gotten their Harry Potter fix entirely through the cinematic incarnation, the script is lucid and fast-moving.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The flourishes don't answer the question most on Potterites' minds -- who lives, who dies? -- but they briefly stupefy.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • William Arnold

    Yet, as good as it is in so many ways, there's no getting around the fact that this briefest Harry and first directed by an unknown filmmaker (David Yates) is the least substantial of the bunch.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    The whole film is about innocence and experience, and if it isn't a Blakean song, it is a sturdy and vibrant piece of prose.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Helen O'Hara

    It won't win new fans, but as Potter movies go, this is the most filmic of the lot, suspenseful and action-packed.

    Empire Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    Screenwriter Michael Goldenberg and director David Yates 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.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Timely metaphors abound in The Order of the Phoenix, but the story (of which there is much) stands on its own magical merits, dark and darker still though they may be.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Destined to be remembered as the one that handed the screen Harry his first kiss. Like much of the film, the smooch comes and goes briskly, without a lot of fuss.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The most amazing magic yet for the wildly popular franchise: It is genuinely engrossing.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Darker, leaner, less expansive , and meaner, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is all business, and it casts a spell utterly unlike the first four films.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    Pheonix is smartly-constructed enough that non-acolytes interested in checking out Harry's world won't need too long to catch up.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Is there an admired British thespian who hasn't toiled in Potter's field?

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Given a choice between this and the navel-gazing of the novel, I'll take the short ride on a fast machine.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    On balance, the filmmakers do a terrific job with one of the weaker stories. It's welcome news that Yates is coming back for one of the stronger ones; he's set to direct "Half-Blood Prince."

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Harry comes through loud and clear as a conflicted, edgy, avid young man. He's turned into EveryTeen.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    This is a gangly, confusing sprawl, and yet there are enough patches of beauty scattered throughout that it's impossible to reject it wholesale. Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    A sleek, swift and exciting adaptation of J. K. Rowling’s longest novel to date.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    The movie is brisk and lively, if not exactly action-packed.

    Slate Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Considerably grimmer and grittier than the previous pictures.

    Variety Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Save for the thrilling opening sequence, there's not much to remember about the film beyond Staunton (Vera Drake), who masks her bottomless malevolence behind a pasted-on patrician smile.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Whatever happened to the delight and, if you'll excuse the term, the magic in the "Harry Potter" series? As the characters grow up, the stories grow, too, leaving the innocence behind and confusing us with plots so labyrinthine that it takes a Ph.D from Hogwarts to figure them out.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Standouts are Gary Oldman as Sirius Black, Harry's sly father-surrogate, and Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    This fifth film should please fans who rate the films based on their fidelity to the canonical texts. But for the uninitiated, it's a dry and slightly dreary introduction to the world of Hogwarts and Azkaban.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    "Phoenix" might go down as the problematic film, full of plot but little fun.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Joanne Kaufman

    Director David Yates, who is new to the Potter franchise, moves the story along briskly, at the expense of texture and nuance.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    There are lots of special effects, but sadly, no real magic.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Taken as a motion picture, the new "Harry" comes up short. But taken as a visual aid to the experience of reading a book, the new "Harry" does its job.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    Something of a letdown. Previous statements aside, I understand Warner Bros. has to set the table for "Half-Blood Prince" and "Deathly Hallows," but too much of Phoenix is filler. And with only two movies left, we better get to the main course in short order.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    It finally can't transcend the limitations inherent in being no more than a way station in an epic journey, a journey whose cinematic conclusion is several years away.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Ansen

    The storytelling seems occasionally disjointed, but more important, for all the special-effects wizardry, that touch of film magic never surfaces.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Andrea Gronvall

    Less magic also means less fun and discovery, as Harry battles depression and a hostile press; 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.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
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