Half-Blood Prince Review Roundup: Radcliffe Has Never Been Better Than Here


Jul 07, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

There are a whole host of new reviews for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince online today before the UK premiere of the film later today in London. Most are very positive about the film, notable are comments from the Telegraph that remark on performances from both the adult actors and the Trio, especially on Dan Radcliffe as Harry Potter: “Increasingly, they give the
films their backbone, a central truthfulness on which all the magic hangs.
Radcliffe in particular, has never been better than here, displaying new
maturity and subtlety.” The review continues:

“But these young actors are surrounded by one of the finest groups of British
acting talent ever assembled, and as the films get meatier, they shine ever
more brightly. Here Gambon, moved from the periphery to centre stage,
combines whimsy ” “oh to be young and feel love’s keen sting” ” and real
authority. Helena Bonham Carter, as the shriekingly wicked Bellatrix
Lestrange, enlivens proceedings considerably; Alan Rickman motors
effortlessly from malice to pure malevolence as Snape; Maggie Smith brings
emotion as well as humour to the part of Professor McGonagall. New characters are effortlessly absorbed into this Rolls Royce of an ensemble:
Helen McCrory is both sinister and febrile in a tiny scene as Malfoy’s
distraught mother; Jim Broadbent is a joy as the social-climbing Horace
Slughorn, who makes his first appearance disguised as an armchair.”

The Evening Standard is less enthusiastic, however still gives the film three stars out of five, saying: “Broadbent is affecting as a man thoroughly out of his depth, unaware of
how his habit of picking teacher’s pets has been exploited. Gambon’s
performance as Dumbledore is shot through with looming pathos.

Sound-Screen UK emailed us with their review, giving high marks to Tom Felton’s performance as the conflicted Draco Malfoy:

“Set a mission of his own Draco Malfoy (Felton) is elevated from one
dimensional school bully to a tortured and desperate, lonely teenager.
Increasingly afraid and with little hope of achieving his goal Felton
gives his Hitler Youth poster boy hitherto unseen layers and proves
himself worthy to the task. Acting with emotion and more than a little
class you may find yourself sympathising with the previously odious
Malfoy. In many ways the Half-Blood Prince is as much Draco’s tale as it is Harry’s, his actions changing Hogwarts forever.”

Finally CHUD is also quite positive on the movie, speculating that the terrific performance by Jim Broadbent as Horace Slughorn (“a thing of beauty’) might be an Oscar worthy one:

“And it has Jim Broadbent. Could a Harry Potter film make a showing at
the Oscars in a non-technical category? If Warner Bros plays their
cards right I believe that they could easily wrangle a nod for
Broadbent, who plays new Potions teacher Horace Slughorn. While
Slughorn, a retired teacher who Dumbledore needs back at Hogwarts as he
holds a vital clue to defeating the resurrected Voldemort, was never a
favorite of mine in print, Broadbent takes the role and does
unbelievable things with it. He plays a level of buffoonery that’s
hilarious – we’re introduced to Slughorn when he’s morphed himself into
a recliner – but the actor also manages to bring a level of sadness
that is palpable and affecting. Slughorn ‘collects’ students; his
self-image comes from being the mentor to witches and wizards who went
on to do great things. In a momentary lapse of judgment he helped young
Tom Riddle, the boy who would grow up to be Voldemort, find the key to
a kind of immortality. Broadbent keeps the sadness and shame and regret
just under the surface, and when he fully brings it out he doesn’t
overdo things. The performance is a thing of beauty.”

39 Responses to Half-Blood Prince Review Roundup: Radcliffe Has Never Been Better Than Here

Avatar Imagebudgie says: I love seeing a good review!Avatar ImagePetra says: wow... reviews are very good... I mean excellent... I believe that all of them did a good job... especially Tom Felton as Draco... his preformance will be great... Can't wait for HBP...Avatar ImageLuce_depp says: sounds good. Reviewers never liked these kinds of movies...it must be awesome... did i ever think otherwise...never hahahaAvatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: They said some interesting things about Draco.. "Proves himself worthy to the task" You can say that again! BUT we all know that the actors are going to be at their best here... then again DH.Avatar Imageharrypotterlover10 says: Great Reviews. I sooooo can't wait to see it!Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: They said some interesting things about Draco.. "Proves himself worthy to the task" You can say that again! BUT we all know that the actors are going to be at their best here... then again DH.Avatar ImageDARKIRONPOTTER says: Half blood Prince has gotten 100% on RottenTomatoes.com! For 2 days in a row! That'll mean it'll go the Star Trek and Up way (96%-98%)!Avatar Imagecghambright says: Wow!!! I love how every single review highlights a particular actor or part of the story. So pretty much every actor has been praised at this point. Especially Rupert, Jim Broadbent, and Tom Felton!! I can't wait!!!!! :DAvatar Imagecghambright says: And WHOA!! It does have a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes! That's really good. But someone has to give it a bad review! Lol. It's bound to happen. So far all the reviews have been Very Positive or Moderately Positive, but no bad ones so far which is a good sign. Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: Im glad HBP is getting good reviews. All the more reason to see it, Even if it had all bad reviews id still go see it because I love everything Harry Potter.Avatar Imageravensmith says: Awesome, about a week now...Avatar ImagetheREALGinnyWeasley says: yay good reviews!!!! i cant wait to see it!!!! Avatar ImageLillylove says: So glad to hear these actors getting praise for their efforts. I would think it is much more challenging to portray characters that people already have fixed ideas about from preceding literary works. The excitement keeps building!!!!!Avatar Imagehpbruin says: ARGH! I am so excited for this movie. Everything that I'm reading just makes me want to see it more. Only 1 week left! I'm glad to see that everyone is really stepping up their acting skills and have really made these characters their own. It's going to be so satisfying to see all 8 movies on screen and have the same actors growing up in their rolls. Avatar ImageSirEdwardsGuardian says: Aha aha aha. And the 5 cents of news worth are were exactly?Avatar ImageBwaySaint says: One week away! It's so exciting to see these positive reviews come out - I can't wait!!! This movie will be mind-blowing! :)Avatar ImageCandyCane2304 says: The more reviews I see, the more excited I get. Also one of my local critic's is reviewing the film this thursday and will ahve interviews with the monday. That's WGN for those of you in Chicago. Don't know about the other local news channel's.Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: Wow ... these reviews are so positive, it's refreshing to see great reviews. I like how they focus on actors and their roles & skills & dont just bunch everyone & everything into a generalized description. I will be really upset if I cant go see this movie ... if I dont go, it will be the first HP movie that I didnt go see at the theater :(Avatar Imagebengtson_98 says: One more week I can not wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Avatar Imagebettb says: I'd be hard pressed to choose from among all the stand-out performances -- from what the reviewers are saying -- to speculate who might get an Oscar nomination. I DEARLY hope that this movie will be the one to start getting Academy recognition. I'll see it in a week and a day!!Avatar Imageele0206 says: Wait wait wait...are we talking about OSCARS?? YAAAAY! I bet this is the best HP film ever!!Avatar ImageErinM says: Great Reviews!Avatar ImageGTHunter says: I love seeing critics stop ripping on the HP movies.. This is a nice changeAvatar ImageWON_TWO says: I find it interesting that the reviewers are not issuing any caveats that this is after all, a "children's" movie... Perhaps we are finally past that?Avatar ImageTamyris says: Awesome review!Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: great interview!!!Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: positive reviews are always really good to read! :)Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Really cool reviews! It makes me more excited already to see it!Avatar ImageGTHunter says: yay! +reviews! btw rottentomatoes gave the movie a 100%Avatar Imagelupinwandcaster says: Yay good reviews.Avatar ImageRaWr...WeReWoLf says: awesome!!! these reviews were really good!Avatar Imagebadger666 says: Yay! I'm so glad that it's getting good reviews.Avatar Imageblue4t says: Good reviews? Wow. I know everyone (fans) has been so nervous about this movie, but I think there's not much to be nervous about, really.Avatar Imagekes9065 says: this is wonderful!!! :) I am so happy to see and read all these great review for HBP. Now i am confident that its going to be the best one yet. :) Congrats to the whole cast and crew for making a great film!!!Avatar Imagesinwillys822 says: i love seeing good reviews, the one on Draco just makes me want to see the movie even more.Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I am definitely looking forward to seeing Jim Broadbent's performance now.Avatar ImageMellzey72 says: Nice reviews!!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: im trying not 2 read reviews throughly... i dont want the film 2 be spoiled!! i want 2 see it without thinking oh its meant 2 be amazing (although it will be) or oh its gonna be rubbish................. but its going 2 be AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageKC Nox says: "In many ways the Half-Blood Prince is as much Draco’s tale as it is Harry’s, his actions changing Hogwarts forever." yay!!!

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