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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0
    81

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The best one yet.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Kids may be appropriately terrified, but to this overgrown Potter fan, Voldemort, the Darth Vader of the black arts, was a heck of a lot scarier when you couldn't see him.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It's hard to beat the last movie, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," and this film is not better, but it has much to recommend it.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The studio, like plucky Harry, passes with flying colors. The new one, directed by Mike Newell from another astute script by Mr. Kloves, is even richer and fuller, as well as dramatically darker. It's downright scary how good this movie is.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Excellent, but the PG-13 is accurate.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film has two deaths (including a really sad one), scary creatures, some romantic yearnings, and edge-of-the-seat scenes. With each film the scariness quotient increases. This movie features fighting dragons, tortured bugs, a scary huge maze, and an underwater horror show. Young kids who don't understand the difference between fantasy and reality should stay clear. So should kids going through an anxious time about unnamed terrors or unwanted separations, as one of the death scenes is upsetting. The action is sometimes rowdy, and camera movements/edits are aggressive, all of which increase the scary effects. One of the deleted scenes featured on the DVD shows teen couples after the Yule Ball getting caught kissing, etc., in carriages -- it's a little more sexual content than you get in the feature film.

  • Families can talk about the film's more mature content and who this movie is targeted to. Young kids are going to want to see this -- should the movie have been toned down or is the violent content appropriate given the age of the characters?
  • For kids who read the book, which plot points got left out that you missed? Why do you think they left out the house elves? What role did they serve in the books?
  • Cheating is rampant among the teachers and judges involved in the Triwizard competition, but not among the competitors. Why do you think this is?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: It's a good and evil story ... no surprises here. Friendship, love, bravery, and loyalty are always major themes in the series. So is the idea of making good choices.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Diverse cast and strong female characters.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Two deaths, including one very stirring death of a teen. No blood is shown, but lifeless bodies are. Children are in peril, often at the hands of magical creatures: dragons burn, chase, and cut Triwizard competitors; mermaids brandish spears as students are held captive underwater. A spider is tortured in a class demonstration. A hand is severed and sacrificed, and Harry is tortured by a curse, writhing in pain.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Some references to 14-year-olds' sexual interest; Harry is accosted in the bathtub by a ghostly girl; some couples kiss in the shadows after the Yule Ball.

  • language false1

    Language: "Bloody hell," "piss off," and similar words.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: While the candy mentioned wasn't originally real, it is now: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, Chocolate Frogs, Jelly Slugs, and more. And then there are the action figures, Lego playsets, wands, Band Aids... you name it.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Madame Maxime's horses only drink single-malt whiskey. Students drink butterbeer -- a magical-world drink with a pinch of alcohol.

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