Dumbledore tries to prepare Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) for the final battle with Voldemort, while Death Eaters wreak havoc in both Muggle and Wizard worlds, and tragedy looms on the horizon, .
" The Half-Blood Prince is a beautifully paced feat of filmmaking, one that navigates potentially choppy shifts in scale with grace and ease. "
" There is still magic, but it all has dramatic purpose -- and much of it points to the final two films. "
" Unlike most film series, the Potter movies haven't weakened along the way. "
" With its deft handling of teen yearning and affection, Half-Blood Prince maneuvers mysteries of heart and hankering that resound in worlds magic and Muggle. "
" All in all, despite the verve that drives the grander set pieces, it's hard to avoid the sensation of a film toiling overtime to convince itself of its own solemnity. "
" Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth and worst installment yet, is two and a half hours of paralyzing tedium, featuring another colossal waste of British talent and a plot a real witch couldn't find with a crystal ball. "
" Potions play a pivotal part in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and I wish I'd been able to find one for patience. "
" Radcliffe, in particular, comes off bored and distant, more hitting the marks than baring the soul. "
" Steve Kloves has written five of the Harry Potter screenplays, and The Half-Blood Prince reeks of formula. "
" The lag time between the final books and the movies has drained much of the urgency from this screen adaptation, which, far more than any of the previous films, feels like an afterthought. "
" While the romantic sweetness that it's peddling is a guilty pleasure, it's also a distraction from the gathering storm that the series had been charting so well. "
" Despite the preponderance of (PG-rated) snogging, there are pleasures to be found along this movie's meandering path. "
" Director David Yates presides over some gorgeous CGI set pieces, but all the real magic comes from the scrum of ace British character actors. "
" Harry is better than ever, a triumph of visual wonder and emotional storytelling. "
" Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince isn't great family entertainment -- it's great entertainment, period, a blockbuster with true heart and real humanity alongside the high-stakes struggles and brilliant effects. "
" I think it's the best of the series, fairly easily, and a testament to why occasionally throwing a massive budget at an endeavor of this scope can be considered a reasonable decision. "
" I'd be lying if I didn't say this movie gave me as much innocent pleasure as any I've seen this year. "
" It really helps in these situations to have first-rate actors. "
" It's a more mature magic. ... Now subject to the same raging hormones as any other 16-year-olds, our spell-casting heroes are learning to brew love potions this year, with results mostly played for laughs. "
" The filmmakers have found a way to refresh our eyes and enhance our appreciation for this rich, amazing creation. "
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