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100
It's action-packed, darker, more epic and thankfully schmaltz-free. And it's the best "Harry Potter" film yet.
88
It will hook you good and keep you riveted.
88
The special effects continue to be masterful, but villains are given a new twist, and Order of the Phoenix is all the more fun because of it.
88
For those who have gotten their Harry Potter fix entirely through the cinematic incarnation, the script is lucid and fast-moving.
83
The flourishes don't answer the question most on Potterites' minds -- who lives, who dies? -- but they briefly stupefy.
75
Chicago Tribune
Destined to be remembered as the one that handed the screen Harry his first kiss. Like much of the film, the smooch comes and goes briskly, without a lot of fuss.
75
Miami Herald
The most amazing magic yet for the wildly popular franchise: It is genuinely engrossing.
63
Standouts are Gary Oldman as Sirius Black, Harry's sly father-surrogate, and Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge.
60
Director David Yates, who is new to the Potter franchise, moves the story along briskly, at the expense of texture and nuance.
60
The Hollywood Reporter
"Phoenix" might go down as the problematic film, full of plot but little fun.
50
It finally can't transcend the limitations inherent in being no more than a way station in an epic journey, a journey whose cinematic conclusion is several years away.
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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