'Harry Potter' reviews: Is 'The Deathly Hallows Part 1' the best yet?
Zap2it has rounded up some of our favorite reviews below to hopefully give you all an idea of what to expect before you grab your wand and the "invisibility cloak" your mom made you (hey, there's no shame) and head to the theater for that midnight screening.
The Telegraph: "Without doubt, this is the scariest Potter film so far. There are moments when even adult film-goers will be watching through their fingers - a scene in which Hermione is tortured, albeit heard rather than seen, another in which a Hogwarts teacher comes to a very unpleasant end. (And if you're scared of snakes, you might want to give this film a miss altogether.)" [4/5 Stars]
The Baltimore Sun: "By conventional "wow" standards it offers the least magic and conventional energy of the films so far. Much of screenwriter Steve Kloves' adaptation covers the lengthy road trip in search of the Horcruxes, with Death Eaters eternally threatening and the skies eternally portending eternal doom. Halving the series' final chapter, Kloves probably couldn't avoid fashioning a script that comes with the faint sound of a drumroll, setting up the finale." [3/5 Stars]
Boston Globe: "'The Deathly Hallows' ends as it begins, in Lord Voldemort's creepy thrall. But the film has enough moments of silence and shots of its three heroes doing nothing so much as looking spiritually put-upon to pass muster at European art houses. On one hand, scenes of Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson), and Ron (Rupert Grint) trekking through the woods and across moors are precious filler. On another, they're daring"
Salon.com: "Hermione, perhaps the series' strongest character, must bid farewell to her Muggle parents in more than one sense; in a heartbreaking scene, she actually erases herself from their memory, to save them from becoming targets of evil. When Ron vanishes from the story for a while (I say no more than that!), Harry and Hermione dance together wistfully, late one night... The sexual tension between those two remains unconsummated and barely acknowledged, but there's a flicker -- and if you ask me, that subterranean flame keeps the whole story going."
Los Angeles Times: "To be fair to "Deathly Hallows," the filmmakers have tried hard to fill the proceedings with battles and chases and debilitating curses. Genuine filmmaking excitement, however, is harder to provide. One look at the most visually striking part of the film, a vibrant and involving animation sequence supervised by Ben Hibon that tells the Deathly Hallows origin story, demonstrates more vividly than any review could exactly what this film has been missing."