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Metascore

Based on 37 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
For all its portentousness, this is the best Harry Potter picture yet. In some ways, it improves on J.K. Rowling’s novel, which is punishingly protracted and builds to a climactic wand-off better seen than read.
100
It's action-packed, darker, more epic and thankfully schmaltz-free. And it's the best "Harry Potter" film yet.
90
Not just a ripping yarn but a powerful, poignant coming-of-age story.
88
Rolling Stone
It will hook you good and keep you riveted.
83
Yet, as good as it is in so many ways, there's no getting around the fact that this briefest Harry and first directed by an unknown filmmaker (David Yates) is the least substantial of the bunch.
80
It won't win new fans, but as Potter movies go, this is the most filmic of the lot, suspenseful and action-packed.
70
Variety
Considerably grimmer and grittier than the previous pictures.
60
"Phoenix" might go down as the problematic film, full of plot but little fun.
50
Newsweek
The storytelling seems occasionally disjointed, but more important, for all the special-effects wizardry, that touch of film magic never surfaces.
50
Taken as a motion picture, the new "Harry" comes up short. But taken as a visual aid to the experience of reading a book, the new "Harry" does its job.

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