Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
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Adolescent wizard-in-training Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for another year of schooling and learns more about the dark past of the boy who grew up to become Lord Voldemort in this, the sixth installment of the film series that originated from the writings of author J.K. Rowling. There was a time when Hogwarts was thought of as a safe haven, but thanks to Voldemort's tightening grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds, that simply isn't the case anymore. Suspecting that the castle may even harbor an outright threat, Harry finds his investigation into the matter sidelined by… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I think it's the best of the series, fairly easily, and a testament to why occasionally throwing a massive budget at an endeavor of this scope can be considered a reasonable decision."
‑ Laremy Legel, Film.com
"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
"Half-Blood is a sustaining visit with beloved old (if not in age) friends."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"Seamlessly and vigorously conveyed, this satisfying segment raises the storytelling and visual-effects bar for the entire series."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"For Potter-ites, there are plenty of satisfactions to be had, but the fun mostly comes from recognizing plot points from the novel merely suggested onscreen."
‑ Hank Sartin, Time Out Chicago
"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
"It's a more mature magic. ... Now subject to the same raging hormones as any other 16-year-olds, our spell-casting heroes are learning to brew love potions this year, with results mostly played for laughs."
‑ Bob Mondello, NPR
"The movie can never shake the feeling that it's one big set-up, a meek prelude to the thrill ride to come in Deathly Hallows."
‑ Kirk Baird, Toledo Blade
"What fun it is to behold our budding wizards and witches learning that love is the one spell they cannot control."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Okay, so it's a placeholder. But it's a really good placeholder."
‑ Dave White, Movies.com
"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
"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
"Not only is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince an excellent translation of J.K. Rowling's addictive canon, but it's also the first entry to shine on its own devoid of its backdrop mythology."
‑ Sean Edgar, Paste Magazine
"If you're a fan, you're sure to find something to grumble about; ditto if you're a critic; but for the dwindling amount of people who just want to go to the movies to watch a fun and interesting movie, you could do a lot worse."
‑ Ali Gray, TheShiznit.co.uk
"Half-Blood Prince only really shines when the film's darker and lighter sides manage to meet together, usually when Slughorn is around."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
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