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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 also bravely faces the future, slipping with expert ease among the thrilling mass of complications (and complicated set pieces) that Rowling throws fans in the final sprint, then guiding the faithful to the fate that awaits everyone in this world, the moment called The End.
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USA Today

By Scott Bowles
Menacing and meditative, Hallows is arguably the best installment of the planned eight-film franchise, though audiences who haven't kept up with previous chapters will be hopelessly lost.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Don't you expect any hand-holding, either. Director David Yates throws us straight into Harry's waking nightmare, as he searches for a way to defeat Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) while keeping himself and his friends alive.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Among the leads, Radcliffe alternates between playing the wet blanket and the dry wit, and Grint strikes a few sparks as his ambivalent protector. It is Watson who catches fire as the strategist and soldier of this penultimate Potter quest. Watson's so good that one wishes Rowling had built her septology around Hermione Potter.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
For a studio so clearly willing to take risks with so many of its movies, this particular movie has a whiff of exploitation. Rowling wrote one epic funeral that Warner Bros. requires us to attend twice.
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By Bob Mondello
Deathly Hallows I actually manages to be involving and kind of artful about the boredom and loneliness of heroism, while sounding a long throbbing drumroll for next summer's grand finale.
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Rolling Stone

Part I is more disappointment than disaster. It merely rolls along like something off an assembly line. Untouched by human hands.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
More than even the most faithful of the earlier episodes, this film feels devoted above all to reproducing the novel onscreen as closely as possible, an impulse that drags it toward ponderousness at times and rather sorely tests the abilities of the young actors to hold the screen entirely on their own, without being propped up by the ever-fabulous array of character actors the series offers.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
What's worse, some mysterious movie curse has turned the three once-lively adventurers into wood.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
This one is a long, archetypal journey that screeches to a halt a few stops short of its destination.
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65 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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