Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
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The first installment of the two-film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows follows Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) as they search for the pieces of Voldemort's (Ralph Fiennes) soul that he extracted from his being and hid in obscure locations both far and wide. If the trio is unable to locate and destroy them all, Voldemort will remain immortal. Despite their long friendship, a combination of dark forces, romantic tensions, and long-held secrets threaten to sabotage the mission. David Yates directs. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Part 1, like its predecessors, has been made with great care, craft and attention to detail. It is also darker and more foreboding."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is slower and stranger than any of the previous films, simultaneously raising hopes for a haunting finale while dimming hopes for a magical one."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 isn't close to being a bad movie, but it is arguably the weakest among the seven films in the series."
‑ Michael Smith, Tulsa World
"Yates does a pretty good job with the heavy lifting, but there's not much poetry to this exercise that brings the story of the boy wizard one step closer to its conclusion."
‑ Katherine Monk, Canada.com
"As J.K. Rowling wove a conclusion as ominous as it was elegant in the final installment of the Potter series, so too has director David Yates in Part 1 of Deathly Hallows."
‑ Tracie Cooper, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The trouble with Harry, as becomes clear from this seventh and penultimate installment, is not that we have lost the plot -- the film is as tangled and as corkscrewed as Bonham Carter's hair -- but that we are in danger of losing everything else."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"By any measure, Deathly Hallows is a ripping thriller."
‑ Claire Martin, Denver Post
"It feels like the longest, deathliest panto ever made -- and still it isn't over."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Deathly Hallows is the first Harry Potter film that fully delivers on the promise of J.K. Rowling's works, expertly balancing a tricky and expansive narrative, along with quiet character moments and some rollicking action sequences."
‑ Kirk Baird, Toledo Blade
"Sure, there are some rearranging and compressing of scenes and facts, but the two-and-a-half hour runtime for half a book allows screenwriter Steve Kloves and director David Yates the space to faithfully retell a really good story."
‑ Josh Jackson, Paste Magazine
"There is much to love in the latest offering from the Potter franchise."
‑ Laremy Legel, Film.com
"This one is a long, archetypal journey that screeches to a halt a few stops short of its destination."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Maybe Harry Potter could cast a magic spell over us before we see his new movie."
‑ Dann Gire, Daily Herald (IL)
"The entire cast does the subtlest work we've seen in a Potter film, right down to the supporting and single-scene players."
‑ Mike Russell, Oregonian
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is beautifully shot with wonderful atmosphere and an appropriately dark tone, making it a very enjoyable experience."
‑ Will Chadwick, We Got This Covered
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