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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Family . Fantasy . Adventure

The sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry kicks off with a bang for young Harry Potter when he inadvertently discovers a mysterious book that sheds light on the sordid life of the evil Lord Voldemort. Preparing for inevitable battle, Harry and Dumbledore turn to professor Horace Slughorn for help in pinpointing the weakness in Voldemort's forces.

Actors: Dave Legeno , Alan Rickman , Maggie Smith , Michael Gambon , Elarica Gallacher , Robbie Coltrane , Jim Broadbent , Julie Walters , Tom Felton , Emma Watson , Rupert Grint , Daniel Radcliffe
Directors: David Yates
Country: UK , USA
Release: 2009-07-15
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  • Amy Biancolli

    This film is the sharpest since "The Prisoner of Azkaban." It is the most emotionally satisfying, blending spot-on comedy and adenoidal sexual tension, with scenes of gutsy vulnerability.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    The most beautiful magic in it is left unseen. And still, it emerges with absolute clarity. Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    But the story is, still and all, only a pause, deferring an intensely anticipated conclusion. And it's in that exquisite place of action and waiting that this elegantly balanced production emerges as a model adaptation.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    By an order of magnitude --- the strongest (or at least the most mature, subtle and emotional) entry in the series thus far.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    It was splendid! No, it’s not a larky kid-pic. We're firmly in the realm of English horror.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Generally grim, occasionally startling, and altogether enthralling sixth chapter in a movie franchise that keeps managing to surprise just when one would expect it to be puttering along on auto-broomstick.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    This one-of-a-kind film cycle has become as comfortable and reliable as an old shoe, providing a degree of dependability that's becoming increasingly rare.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • 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.

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Getting lost in the hypnotic Half-Blood Prince is what gives the movie its haunting power.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The latest, meticulously atmospheric and wonderfully acted Potter adventure lands happily--broodingly, but happily---near the top of the series heap, just behind Alfonso Cuaron's "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    One of the series's best, with spectacular effects, nuanced performances and witty dialogue.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    It flows like fast-moving lava to a climax filled with pyrotechnics. And for once in a summer blockbuster, the fireworks are both emotional and physical. The movie leaves you sated, yet wanting more -- just what you want from a series with two entries left to go.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The most thoughtfully satisfying of the first six books.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    There's something inherently funny about the romantic predicament of Harry and Ron and Hermione. As if it wasn't bad enough having to deal with the Dark Lord and the Death Eaters and all the rest, now they have to square off against... raging hormones.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    David Yates, in his go at the helm, throws the emphasis on the gathering storm clouds even as Harry and his fellow wizardry students make further discoveries involving the opposite sex.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    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.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    With Half-Blood Prince, again we have a stalwart, satisfying visualization of the Rowling cosmos.

    Time Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    It's a more mature magic than in previous Potter movies.

    NPR Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

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

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Half-Blood Prince is the franchise's “Empire Strikes Back” -- the episode in which the pace slows down a bit, the characters deepen and mature, the good guys take a big hit, and all hell is gearing up to break loose.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    "HP6" is suspenseful and artfully realized. It's a definite improvement over J.K. Rowling's dimly written and exposition-clogged book.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Slower and talkier than the five Potters that came before - but not necessarily in a bad way - Half-Blood Prince is a bubbling cauldron of hormonal angst, rife with romance and heartbreak, jealousy and longing.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Tracie Cooper

    The good news is that it comes closer than any of its predecessors, hitting the mark or coming close to it on almost all fronts. With "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" being split into two films, the final installment stands an excellent chance of getting it right.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The critical question for the movies' producers is whether Harry will be as popular now that his legions of stalwarts know how it all ends. The smart money would be on answering that question with a resounding "yes!"

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    The movie's climax takes Harry Potter into territory that is much more like epic horror than most of what the series has seen before. There is more obvious religious symbolism and apocalyptic violence as Harry emerges into his role as “the chosen one.”

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Director David Yates picks up where he left off with "Order of the Phoenix," assembling a nicely paced and artfully shot adventure.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    This is the darkest, saddest, most sophisticated Harry Potter film yet.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Despite the preponderance of (PG-rated) snogging, there are pleasures to be found along this movie's meandering path.

    Slate Full Review
  • Dan Kois

    The three leads, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron) and Emma Watson (Hermione), give their most charming performances to date.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    It’s always a pleasure to be in the company of Potter, and when looking back at the just-competent first outings – well, baby, you’ve come a long way – but still: Where’s the magic, huh?

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Installment six of the Harry Potter’ series, The Half-Blood Prince, merely gets us one movie closer to the finale, which, apparently is so big (and by big, I mean “$$$$’’) that it’s being split into two parts.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • 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.

    Empire Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Much like its young hero, played by Daniel Radcliffe, the film has begun to show signs of stress around the edges, a bit of fatigue, or maybe that’s just my gnawing impatience.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    For those who’ve lived with the series for more than a decade, this fateful pause may heighten the suspense. For a Muggle like me, the storm does gather slowly.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    We get one lovely, cheering sequence of a trashed room putting itself in order, like the untidy nursery in "Mary Poppins," but the rest of the magic here feels randomly grabbed at.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Cliff Doerksen

    For what it is, it's fine.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
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