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New York Daily News

It's action-packed, darker, more epic and thankfully schmaltz-free. And it's the best "Harry Potter" film yet.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It will hook you good and keep you riveted.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
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.
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By James Berardinelli
For those who have gotten their Harry Potter fix entirely through the cinematic incarnation, the script is lucid and fast-moving.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The flourishes don't answer the question most on Potterites' minds -- who lives, who dies? -- but they briefly stupefy.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Darker, leaner, less expansive , and meaner, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is all business, and it casts a spell utterly unlike the first four films.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Standouts are Gary Oldman as Sirius Black, Harry's sly father-surrogate, and Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge.
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Wall Street Journal

Director David Yates, who is new to the Potter franchise, moves the story along briskly, at the expense of texture and nuance.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
"Phoenix" might go down as the problematic film, full of plot but little fun.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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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71 out of 100
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