Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
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Young wizard-in-training Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) returns to Hogwarts for his fifth year of studies, only to find that the magical community seems to be in a curious state of denial about his recent encounter with the sinister Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) in the fifth installment of the popular fantasy film series based on the best-selling books by author J.K. Rowling. Rumor has it that the dreaded Lord Voldemort has returned, but Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge (Robert Hardy) isn't so sure what to make of all the hearsay currently floating around the campus of Hogwarts.… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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"By focussing the story on Harry (a leaner and slightly meaner Daniel Radcliffe) and his exploits, Yates dispenses with many of the novel's subplots and is able to push the story forward, ominously foreshadowing the dark times to come."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"Installment five boosts his [Harry's] rebellion to enjoyable levels of British pique."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"The older these kids get, the darker and more engrossing the Harry Potter movies become."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"Yates leaps into big-budget cinema like a kid in a candy store, packing in nearly every compelling image from the 870-page source material."
‑ Steve Heisler, Time Out Chicago
"The director, Peter Yates, pastes on the chiaroscuro, but under it is the summer-camp flatness that's always been the franchise's trademark"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Performances are more mature, the soundtrack (by Nicholas Hooper) less grandiose, and Yates executes some thrilling set-pieces."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"We do get terrific work from the all-star British cast, and the special effects are as seamless as ever."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"It's clear that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has left the dewy-eyed awe of childhood magic and entered the brooding angst of adolescent powerlessness."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Harry's got quite a lot on his plate this time around and that's both the strength and weakness of Order of the Phoenix."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"The franchise staff (ostensibly led by Brit-TV director David Yates) dive right in, smooshing Rowling's biggest book into the shortest film and treating the rich subtext -- as well as much of the text -- as dispensable."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Boston Phoenix
"Brought me straight back to one of the most enduring of childhood feelings: boredom."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Director David Yates, who is new to the Potter franchise, moves the story along briskly, at the expense of texture and nuance."
‑ Joanne Kaufman, Wall Street Journal
"An emotional and involving installment in this hit or miss series"
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Además de la afortunada dirección, el que este episodio tuviera un buen resultado, era de esperarse. Con un presupuesto elevado, la mayor parte del elenco repitiendo y el talento histriónico de Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Ca"
‑ Luis Martinez, Cinenganos
"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a gripping, evocative movie. David Yates has two great strengths to apply to the project. He is cinematically adept, and character is a priority for him."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
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