Title: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: David Yates
Writer(s): Steve Kloves (screenplay) J.K. Rowling (novel)
Staring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality.
Running Time: 153 min (2 hr and 33 min)
Synopsis: As Harry Potter begins his 6th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he discovers an old book marked mysteriously "This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past.
Roger Ebert: 3 Stars
Michael Phillips: 3 ½ Stars
EW: Lisa Schwarzbaum: A-
At The Movies: Ben Mankiewicz: See It, Ben Lyons: See It
Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter: 87% (Fresh), Top Critics: 90% (Fresh), RT Community: 66% (Fresh)
Metacritic: Critics: 80 out of 100, Users: 7.9 out of 10
MRQE Metric: 73: (21.8% A, 54.4% B, 22.2% C, 0.0% D, and 0.0% F)
Yahoo Movies: Critics: B+ Users: B+
Source Material: Based on the book with same title written by J.K. Rowling
Acting and Dialogue: B: There is a good amount of comic relief that makes the film entertaining but then you get to the end and a piece of the dialogue becomes pointless because the filmmaker forgot to add the mystery behind The Half-Blood Prince and his potions book , which now Harry owns. Acting between the trio (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson) is very good.
Art Direction: A: Harry Potter’s production design and art direction has always been top notch and this film continues to that trend.
Cinematography: A: I love that this film it mix cool and beautiful shoots.
Direction: B: David Yates could be the best thing that happened to the Harry Potter franchise. His style and vision fits the grown up Harry Potter, were the family film Harry Potter fits with Chris Columbus style. So it is the ultimate trade off.
Sound and Music: B: It wasn’t John William like in the first but it was fitting.
VFX: A: Magical but grounded in the real world.
Overall: A-: Very good film over all. I going to warn super Harry Potter fans you maybe disappointed like you always am. Film fans you may get a bit confused because you haven’t read the books. But trust me it is good.