Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The sixth of the series, The Half Blood Prince fittingly revisits Harry Potter in his sixth year at Hogwarts. He discovers an old book of potions at the academy library that used to belong to the half-blood prince, teaching him new spells both useful and dangerous. At the same time he starts private tuition with Professor Dumbledore, learning the secrets of Voldemort's past in an effort to find a method through which to defeat him. He also finds himself stuck in the middle of Ron and Hermione's deteriorating friendship when Ron starts dating Gryffindor student Lavender, whose precocious attitude isn't everyone's cup of tea. A busy boy is our Harry.

2009Rating: M, contains fantasy violence153 minsUK, USA
AdventureFantasy
33%
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

One of the Potter franchise’s breeziest entries yet offers flashes of darkness but lashings of teen tension. Less a movie than a set-up for next year’s epic conclusion. Bring on V-day.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Although a touch ungainly, his film is solidly constructed, with lots of fine effects. If, as Potter approaches his final confrontation with Voldemort, the wizardly battles begin to resemble Lord of the Rings, it's hardly a handicap; this is tried and tested cinematic language, and does all it needs.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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

0
Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

Admirable acting to be seen on the part of all, however the ending may not impress.

4.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

A good solid effort from director David Yates, the perfect lead-in to a grand finale.

4.0
0
Newshub

Newshub

press

The modern day JK Rowling legend is in good hands, with plenty more money to be made, and fans to please.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A jerky start of exposition and backstory gives way to vigorous storytelling in the latest chapter of Harry Potter.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

We’re marking time before the final battle between Good and Evil, with the promised darkness sitting somewhat clumsily with teen romance and humour.

3.0
0

Rubbish

What a disappointment! I love the Harry Potter books, and the first few movies stuck reasonably close to the plot - but this bore no resemblance to the book. I think the writers used the names, threw the book away and made up their own story!! which is sheer arrogance when you consider how well-written and gripping the books were.. The Deathly Hallows had...

1.0
0

greatest movie ever

best movie yet

5.0
0

greatest movie ever

best movie yet

5.0
0

Worst Happy Potter Film Ever

Disappointing movie that promised a lot but delivered very little. I think that this franchise has run its course.

2.0
0

Awesome Adaptation!

I loved it! It stuck to the book really well as far as a film goes, decent length, and you guys who thought it didn't climax very well, it IS the build up to the Deathly Hallows! Great film soundtrack again from Nicholas Hooper, especially Harry & Ginny's theme and the scene where everyone holds up their wands in memory of Dumbledore. It's a movie that sets...

5.0
0

fantastic

0

not worth watching

waste of money

1.0
0

Suddenly... Nothing happened!

An hour in to this and I found myself thinking, "something has to happen soon", but it didn't. Same old scenes, same whispered conversations, same red herrings.... You know when a franchise has had its day and for Harry Potter this was it. The climax was even half-hearted. Over two hours of nothing going nowhere. Yes, beautiful images, yes arresting sfx,...

2.0
0

Hmmm let down

It seems the movie had a great story line to play with but i don't think it was used to its full. It seemed rather long unlike the other films there was always something going on to keep you entertained. But The Half Blood Prince didn't really do it for me, it just took a long time to really get to one point, Many things were dragged out. Just like the...

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

One of the Potter franchise’s breeziest entries yet offers flashes of darkness but lashings of teen tension. Less a movie than a set-up for next year’s epic conclusion. Bring on V-day.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Although a touch ungainly, his film is solidly constructed, with lots of fine effects. If, as Potter approaches his final confrontation with Voldemort, the wizardly battles begin to resemble Lord of the Rings, it's hardly a handicap; this is tried and tested cinematic language, and does all it needs.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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

0
Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

Admirable acting to be seen on the part of all, however the ending may not impress.

4.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

A good solid effort from director David Yates, the perfect lead-in to a grand finale.

4.0
0
Newshub

Newshub

press

The modern day JK Rowling legend is in good hands, with plenty more money to be made, and fans to please.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A jerky start of exposition and backstory gives way to vigorous storytelling in the latest chapter of Harry Potter.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

We’re marking time before the final battle between Good and Evil, with the promised darkness sitting somewhat clumsily with teen romance and humour.

3.0
0

Rubbish

What a disappointment! I love the Harry Potter books, and the first few movies stuck reasonably close to the plot - but this bore no resemblance to the book. I think the writers used the names, threw the book away and made up their own story!! which is sheer arrogance when you consider how well-written and gripping the books were.. The Deathly Hallows...

1.0
0

greatest movie ever

best movie yet

5.0
0

greatest movie ever

best movie yet

5.0
0

Worst Happy Potter Film Ever

Disappointing movie that promised a lot but delivered very little. I think that this franchise has run its course.

2.0
0

Awesome Adaptation!

I loved it! It stuck to the book really well as far as a film goes, decent length, and you guys who thought it didn't climax very well, it IS the build up to the Deathly Hallows! Great film soundtrack again from Nicholas Hooper, especially Harry & Ginny's theme and the scene where everyone holds up their wands in memory of Dumbledore. It's a movie that...

5.0
0

fantastic

0

not worth watching

waste of money

1.0
0

Suddenly... Nothing happened!

An hour in to this and I found myself thinking, "something has to happen soon", but it didn't. Same old scenes, same whispered conversations, same red herrings.... You know when a franchise has had its day and for Harry Potter this was it. The climax was even half-hearted. Over two hours of nothing going nowhere. Yes, beautiful images, yes arresting sfx,...

2.0
0

Hmmm let down

It seems the movie had a great story line to play with but i don't think it was used to its full. It seemed rather long unlike the other films there was always something going on to keep you entertained. But The Half Blood Prince didn't really do it for me, it just took a long time to really get to one point, Many things were dragged out. Just like the...

3.0
0