100

San Francisco Chronicle

This film is the sharpest since "The Prisoner of Azkaban." It is the most emotionally satisfying, blending spot-on comedy and adenoidal sexual tension, with scenes of gutsy vulnerability.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
But the story is, still and all, only a pause, deferring an intensely anticipated conclusion. And it's in that exquisite place of action and waiting that this elegantly balanced production emerges as a model adaptation.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Getting lost in the hypnotic Half-Blood Prince is what gives the movie its haunting power.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
One of the series's best, with spectacular effects, nuanced performances and witty dialogue.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
David Yates, in his go at the helm, throws the emphasis on the gathering storm clouds even as Harry and his fellow wizardry students make further discoveries involving the opposite sex.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
As for the ever-impressive supporting cast, neither a delightfully befuddled Jim Broadbent nor a wild-eyed Helena Bonham Carter can upstage Alan Rickman, who again proves invaluable as the slithery Prof. Snape.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Slower and talkier than the five Potters that came before - but not necessarily in a bad way - Half-Blood Prince is a bubbling cauldron of hormonal angst, rife with romance and heartbreak, jealousy and longing.
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75

NPR

By Bob Mondello
It's a more mature magic than in previous Potter movies.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Installment six of the Harry Potter’ series, The Half-Blood Prince, merely gets us one movie closer to the finale, which, apparently is so big (and by big, I mean “$$$$’’) that it’s being split into two parts.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
For those who’ve lived with the series for more than a decade, this fateful pause may heighten the suspense. For a Muggle like me, the storm does gather slowly.
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78 out of 100
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