Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 8, 2009
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Dark, thrilling, and occasionally quite funny, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is also visually stunning and emotionally satisfying.

Laremy Legel
Film.com

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.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

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Amy Taubin
Artforum

Mostly I love Harry Potter for the actors

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

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.

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Bob Mondello
NPR

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.

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Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

I thought Rupert Grint came out of this the best of all of them.

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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader

Director David Yates presides over some gorgeous CGI set pieces, but all the real magic comes from the scrum of ace British character actors.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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.

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Leah Rozen
People Magazine

Half-Blood is a sustaining visit with beloved old (if not in age) friends.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Decent addition to the harry potter franchise but beginning to get a bit long in the tooth. Good thing this will be wrapping up soon.
Nikhil Nandu
Amazing opening sequence, absolutely stunning. A fun movie with a series undertone. Great acting, funny at times. A great set-up for the last two films. As the… More
Daniel Mumby
When I reviewed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I described the film as "the beginning of... the long, slow consolidation of the… More
Christian C
There is absolutely no question that this is the WORST film in the bunch...but then again, it's likely also the worst book. I don't know how anybody… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
It's a sophisticated, beautifully filmed movie that transcends its genre in every way, from the subtle humor, to the powerful acting, to the splendid… More
Thomas Bowler
Not the strongest of the series, simply for the fact that it has to introduce a whole lot of plot which won't pay off until two films afterwards. However,… More