'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   37 reviews
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  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    80
    J.K. Rowling's boy wizard gets a spectacular, yet not entirely satisfying finale.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    The thrilling conclusion to a phenomenal cinematic story 10 years in the telling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 is proof that authentic movie excitement is its own form of magic.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    My, how the children have grown - and the movies too.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    This is such an entertaining, beguiling, charming and exciting picture. It reminded me of the thrill I felt on seeing the very first one, 10 years ago.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    88
    It has been extraordinarily fun, and now the decade-long saga has reached its grand finale. The best has been saved for the last.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    75
    With its heartening final note of hope and renewal, Deathly Hallows -- Part 2 provides an altogether fitting finale to a series that has prized the fans above all.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    88
    A fitting, expertly made final chapter, freighted with hard-won emotions, shot through with a sense of farewell, and fully aware of the epic stakes involved.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Schager Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Part 2 is a magnificent finale for this fantasy opus, one that pays ample justice to Harry's long-in-the-making showdown with He Who Must Not Be Named, a battle in which life and death, the past and the future, precariously hang in the balance.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    80
    It's wonderful. Epic and heartbreaking and just as grand as it needs to be.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    The best possible end for the series that began a decade ago.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    100
    Well done, Harry! You've saved the best for last.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nancy Churnin Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    92
    Fasten your seat belts. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2is an emotional roller-coaster ride.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    88
    In the 10 years since Harry's first big- screen close-up, the spell has never been broken. And we Muggles have been made better for the magic.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    80
    In the end the thing works like, well, magic...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    HPATDH 2 works like a charm. A funereal charm, to be sure, but then, there's no time left for larks.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    When the movie was over, a young boy sitting behind me said, "That was great!" He was satisfied, and rightly so.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    This movie is impressively staged, the dialogue is given proper weight and not hurried through, there are surprises which, in hindsight, seem fair enough, and "Harry Potter" now possesses an end that befits the most profitable series in movie history.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    It's virtually non-stop action, though director David Yates, who has taken good care of these final four, ever-meaner Potter adventures, does a very crafty thing, following adapter Steve Kloves' screenplay.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Cinematographer Eduardo Serra underscores the sense of dread with a rich charcoal palette, and the outstanding CGI and 3D effects make the otherworldly threats more corporeal.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    88
    The movie puts a spell on you.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    100
    The final chapter ends with an epilogue that puts a lump in your throat and makes you want to watch them all again from the beginning. That's the definition of a classic.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    75
    Deathly Hallows Part 2 sends Harry off into the pop culture pantheon on a thrilling high note. Well played. Well played indeed.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    With shifting loyalties, unlikely heroes, truths revealed and a little help from friends, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" winds the series up in a most-satisfying fashion.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    75
    What fun to feel like a kid again. I had a marvelous time.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    With its accelerated rhythm, relentless flow of incident and wizard-war endgame, Part 2 will strike many viewers as a much more exciting, involving picture than the slower, more atmospheric Part 1.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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