'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   36 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   241 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    For all the action -- and there's plenty of it, even if it's only a portion of what was crammed into Rowling's 870 pages -- the most important stuff is what takes place in Harry's head.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    Although Order of the Phoenix is not a great movie, it is a pretty good one, in part because it does not strain to overwhelm the audience with noise and sensation.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    50
    And so the Harry Potter saga continues. It's essentially deeply conservative, with battles, and crashes, and giants and explosions and is shaping up to be an extraordinary real-time experiment for Daniel Radcliffe.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    [The filmmakers] have transformed J.K. Rowling's garrulous storytelling into something leaner, moodier and more compelling, that ticks with metronomic purpose as the story flits between psychological darkness and cartoonish slapstick.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    This series is growing up with moody blockbuster urgency. More emotionally wracked with each new entry, the Potter franchise has become a mainstream fantasy metaphor for adolescent crisis. It's Rebel Without a Curse.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Colin Bertram New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    100
    It's action-packed, darker, more epic and thankfully schmaltz-free. And it's the best Harry Potter film yet.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Joanne Kaufman Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Director David Yates, who is new to the Potter franchise, moves the story along briskly, at the expense of texture and nuance.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Louis B. Parks Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    88
    Partly due to its intensity, Order of the Phoenix is better than the first four in the series. Also credit a much tighter, meatier script and better acting.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Nancy Churnin Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    92
    To their credit, new director David Yates and new screenwriter Michael Goldenberg never lose the heart of the tale. Even in the midst of an incredibly thrilling magical battle of whippeting wands, flashing light and furor, they focus on Harry's inner war.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    Truth be told, it's the lad's many onscreen allies that prove the film franchise's richest draws. (Thank you, Alan Rickman, for your wonderfully embittered turn as Severus Snape.)
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Did I mention that, for all its portentousness, this is the best Harry Potter picture yet? In some ways, it improves on J. K. Rowling's novel, which is punishingly protracted and builds to a climactic wand-off better seen than read.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    Whatever happened to the delight and, if you'll excuse the term, the magic in the Harry Potter series?
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    The most striking aspect of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is its contrast between the hormonally and supernaturally tormented teenager at its center and the modestly well-made and easygoing picture unfolding all around him.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    This is the bleakest Potter installment to date, and under David Yates's choppy direction, Maggie Smith, Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, and David Thewlis have little more than walk-ons.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    Yates lacks a steady grip on the shape and rhythm of the film.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    While the film doesn't have the imaginative magic of The Prisoner of Azkaban or the chummy warmth of The Goblet of Fire, it's a serviceable bridge to the story's final chapters.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    75
    Yates is wise not to stuff too many characters into this yarn, and plays everybody well, if sparingly. He can't offer a sense of completion -- more movies to come, you know -- but he offers a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting transition.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Kerry Lengel Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    This movie feels less like a plot-point checklist than the last one did, and there's enough visual razzle-dazzle to entertain those who haven't read the book and might miss a twist here or a turn there.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    The metaphors are all implicit and have a lot to do with just growing up and facing unpleasant realities, but they increasingly contribute to the feeling of nervousness and unease creeping into the series.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Brought me straight back to one of the most enduring of childhood feelings: boredom.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    A fruitcake-of-a-movie dense with exposition and woefully short on payoff.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    It feels for all the world like what it is: a table-setting for the last two Potter novels-into-films, pages turning into scenes that take us toward graduation or some other decisive conclusion.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    A movie much more in the mode of a conventional thriller than previous Potter outings.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    It seems that love and friendship are qualities worth rattling your wand over. En route, we can once more ooh-and-aah at the franchise's impressive array of acting talent.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
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