4.0

78

out of 100

Metascore®
Generally favorable reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyLisa Schwarzbaum

    But the story is, still and all, only a pause, deferring an intensely anticipated conclusion. And it's in that exquisite place of action and waiting that this elegantly balanced production emerges as a model adaptation.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    One of the series's best, with spectacular effects, nuanced performances and witty dialogue.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterKirk Honeycutt

    David Yates, in his go at the helm, throws the emphasis on the gathering storm clouds even as Harry and his fellow wizardry students make further discoveries involving the opposite sex.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe Morgenstern

    For those who’ve lived with the series for more than a decade, this fateful pause may heighten the suspense. For a Muggle like me, the storm does gather slowly.

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