Early Reviews for “Deathly Hallows: Part 1″


Nov 13, 2010

Posted by Mel

Some reviews have already come out for “Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” and many comment on the merits of splitting the film into two parts. All of them have varying degrees of spoilers in them.

Total Film gave the movie 3 out of 5 stars.

Reuters UK review.

Variety review.

The Telegraph gave the movie 4 out 5 stars.

The Guardian gave the movie 2 out of 5 stars.

For a collection of short snippets from reviews that contain spoiler free assessments of the movie you can go here to Metro.

67 Responses to Early Reviews for “Deathly Hallows: Part 1″

Avatar ImageLiderc says: Reviews for these films, while important to some, are not necessarily pertinent to the fans. Being a writer myself, I understand the reviewers ability to remove emotional ties to the series and write a complete review, but it seems as though some of the reviewers were not just "non-fans" but "haters" of the series, which also gives a bias that makes them hard to swallow. We all know that this may not end up being our favorite film of the series, but it is most definitely something we're looking forward to and is very important in the storyline that is leading us to the end of this franchise.Avatar ImageGinnyPotter88 says: Totally agree with Liderc about the reveiws!! Only a 3 out of 5? come on it must be 5 out of 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageGinnyPotter88 says: That Total film review seems totally from a "haters" perspective!!Avatar Imagejoeys_mommy says: i never trust reviews from Critics, 9 times out of 10 they are wrongAvatar Imagerizzijl says: I can't believe the last one... did someone from the movies or j.k. rowling personally offend him??? ugh... 5 DAYS!Avatar Imagejoeys_mommy says: The last review was Harsh and totally untrue! Half-Alive? Hmph, Maybe he better recheck how many fans were at the premeir and How many people go see the movie. I wonder if the Idiot is a dementor because that review seriously depressed me.Avatar ImageSindi says: Well, i dont want to see the ones with the spoilers, but from what im reading from metro, the rating arent so great... its annoying, they seem very biased, which in this case is not good....... Personally, i doubt this film will disappoint.. Jk Rowling loves it and she wouldnt let it be released if she didnt think it was good... I guess we will just have to wait and see... Avatar Imagejimmalou78 says: Liderc: I couldn't have said it better myself. I agree completely!Avatar ImageSindi says: The Daily Mail’s Christopher Tookey feels that some fans will be disappointed that Part One is essentially the first half of a treasure hunt and they’ll have to wait for the climax next July.... OH NO DON'T SAY THAT! If I wasn't disappointed with Half Blood Prince... im sure ill really like this oneAvatar Imagestinka says: when i read these reviews, it makes me wonder if the reviewer had bothered seeing the previous films? i cannot expect them to read the books, but sometimes, it's like they don't have a clue as to what the film is supposed to represent. regardless, i do enough research on my own, will see this movie regardless.Avatar Imagelptaylor101 says: That last one is awful. Saying the movie didn't have any closure (there is still a 2nd part) and saying it lacked warmth (does he even know what the book is about?)...it just felt rude and and uneducated. Like he has a bitter past with HP that he doesn't want anyone to know about. haha Either way, I'm still super excited! Way to not have done an effective job in turning me away! ;)Avatar Imagemollywobbles23 says: Oh, pish posh. They always give the films a low review and the films always amaze the fans. Sometimes I think critics just like to be contrary because it makes them feel smart. They'd rather do that than admit that a "children's" story swept them up in the moment, which is what a film should do. Avatar ImageHagiographer13 says: "The Times’ Kate Muir was also on the fence with her judgement, rating Deathly Hallows part one a three out of five, saying that the 146-minute film with be a ‘nightmarish place’ for five-year-olds." Hmmm....not even the first book was aimed at 5-year-olds, and the movie is rated PG-13, so this assessment is absurd, and shows the typical ignorance of the news media at-large. I always make up my own mind, and most reviewers seem to hold HP to higher standards due to its popularity (sour grapes, methinks.) Thus, HP can never win a game that is stacked against it. Ah well, 5 days and I can make up my own mind. Everything I've seen so far says "best yet." Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: most of these reviews just well suck. i dont care what these people have to say. all i know is that im going to love it no matter whatAvatar Imagereed0077 says: guys rotten tomatoes has so far 15 reviews, the film for now is 80% fresh, which is not bad . here's the link http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/harry_potter_and_the_deathly_hallows_part_i/Avatar Imagesnowyholly123 says: im extremely annoyed by total film and guardian reviews.... come on, seriously? biased and sarcastic enough? 2 out of 5 stars! these reviewers obviously are harry potter haters. i've read many others reviews online about the screening of the movie months back, and the reviews stated it was the best harry potter film yet~and that was without the special effects! screw these total film guardian reviewers, their close minded and rude comments prove how wrong some movie reviews really are! i think we'll all just have to wait until friday at 12:01 to prove these idiots wrong ;) Avatar Imagechikitcorpuzvesterbaek says: The only critics I recognize are the viewers. I have read some of these "reviews" - the writers obviously have not read the books, thus not knowing the "mood and tone" which the DH part 1 is trying to convey. They probably know that we will see the movie anyway - despite their Rita Skeeter tactics. ;-)Avatar Imagelgghanem says: Guys, calm down, the one negative review comes from a guy with half a brain cell if he thinks the series was never alive to begin with, and the lukewarm reviews' only complaints are the lack of closure (did no one notice the big "Part 1" in the title?), the long middle section (accurate to the book), and the fact that it's dark (something fans welcome). DH Part 1 is obviously a movie for fans more than critics, especially with the split. Besides, 80% on Rotten Tomatoes, that's definitely something to brag about if we keep this up.Avatar Imagehermione198k says: I don't know whether these reviewers have read the books or even seen the previous movies because it seems to me that they don't even know what the movie is supposed to convey. I was most annoyed at the fact that some of the reviews questioned the fact that there are 2 installments and said it is too faithful to the book. What most book fans are looking for is a way to convey the meaning and the message of the books through the movies. We don't want the fast paced movie with just the plot line and none of the flavour of the books like order of the phoenix. David Yates may not be the best director of the movies but if he has been faithful to the books then in my opinion the movie is going to be much better than the previous two. Avatar ImageEeyore says: Honestly, I don't know why I always look at reviews. I usually end up not liking movies that critics tout as the best films ever, and love the ones they hate. I started with the Guardian and realized that the reviewer really doesn't like anything about Harry Potter. Surely they could have found someone to review the movie who even vaguely liked the books or previous movies. And I skimmed the other reviews and some of the comments. The one that made me giggle was the mother who said her kids got bored because they didn't find any depth in the books. Clearly, they didn't read the same books that I read, or maybe they just have a short attention span. At any rate, I'm so excited to see the movie. I loved the last book and I'm glad they are including so much detail in the last two installments. It all needs to be in there to complete the series. My daughter and I have decided to wait till Friday during the day, instead of going at midnight (which we have done for the last 4). It's turned very cold and rainy here and the idea of standing out in the rain that long is just not something we are doing this time around. Now I know why I like summer releases better than fall/winter ones.Avatar Imageanne1 says: Actually from what I've read on RT they're pretty good overall, the Guardian reviewer is obviously a hater who let his bias get in the way so I have discounted that. From the others I get the feeling that the film-makers have been true to the feel of the book, which makes me very happy and very excited to see this. The book is dark and there's a sense of hopelessness about the first half. As long as the trio have got across the right emotions, then I'm happy.Avatar Imageeccentricalice says: The people that they get to review these films are just bonkers. They think that bashing brilliant films from a brilliant, truly amazing book series will make them look really cool. I realise that HP might not e everybody's cup of tea, but even those people don't come up with the claptrap that those reviews are filled with.Avatar ImageVerdande says: A newspaper here in Norway gave it 2 out of 6. One of the reasons why the person didn't like it was the murder in the beginning of the movie. Apparently it was so violent that the movie wasn't a family movie anymore. I think that's great. DH was never meant to be a family movie.Avatar Imageblackhair says: Well i personally go for movies to enjoy them and not in the hope of whether its gonna be good or bad. Go and watch the movie to enjoy it and understand why they did what they did. Unless u see Part2 u cannot suggest that Part was dull or too stressed if u r to review the movie u should analyse in the perspective of why did they split final book into 2 movies probably they wanted to practically film the entire content as much as possible and make it as true as possible to the book, so if u say that the movie was too long then i think u shouldn't have reviewed at allAvatar Imageeruanna317 says: I'm a little bewildered by these reviewers. Did they not realize that when you split a story in half, the first half is always going to have "little in the way of resolution"? Or that, if the story is involves a quest for something, the first film by definition will be "the first half of a treasure hunt"? It seems the star range on some of the reviews gives a better indication of the reviewer's intelligence in these matters, not the actual content of the films. I imagine we'll hear similar hogwash in a few years when "The Hobbit Part 1" comes out.Avatar Imagerotfang07 says: Weird reviews that essentially amount to: 1. Don't watch this film because it's just too like the book (oh, and the books and films are all rubbish). 2. Don't watch this film because it's just too scary. 3. Don't watch this film because it's not for 5 year-olds. 4. Don't watch this film because the acting, cinematography, production values, direction, and sound track, are all too good and too true to the book. 5. Don't watch this film because it doesn't have the final battle scene in it, and it isn't the last one. 6. Don't watch this film because you'll have to, god forbid, watch the trio actually act in dramatic scenes outside Hogwarts. Well, blimey, that's really put me off ... Avatar ImageLissomeElixir says: Seriously - the people who do these reviews need to be impartial and make a decision based on the film itself and it's credibility; NOT because they may not like the series or that they think it's a stupid kids film! But, it doesn't matter - we're the fans, so why should we care whether the 'non believers' like it or not :) We'll make our verdict when we see it, we're the people who matter!Avatar ImagePetra says: I never really care what they are writing .For them is horribble, for me is fantastic. And come on, we all know Deathly Hallows movie will be EPIC!! Right? RIGHT! :DAvatar ImageMovieGeek says: Xan Brooks never liked Back to the Future either. So don't listen to him when he says he didn't like Deathly Hallows. I really liked it. Here's my review http://wp.me/p19wJ2-3vAvatar Imagechikitcorpuzvesterbaek says: @Petra: Yes, it will be EPIC! LOLAvatar Imagechikitcorpuzvesterbaek says: @MovieGeek: Thank you for that honest assessment. I am looking forward to seeing it next weekend. Avatar Imageksddancer says: Very interesting reviews. I definitly think 4 stars at a minimum. What were some of them thinking? Do they have any idea how lucky they were to see it early? Many people would pay a fortune to see it early and nowthey are saying it's not such a great movie. They could however just not like how the scene is changing with thetrio going off camping in different places instead of returning to hogwarts to continue their education. The actors are growing up so the feelings are different. Overall I think that the movie will be amazing and that the fans have the ultimate say in if the movie is just amazing or AMAZING!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageIwishIwas@Hogwarts says: I cant read these anymore! I told myself I wasnt going to read reviews before I seen it and here I am reading each one and cursing at the computer screen. I'm not going to lie I am excited as I am nervous to see this movie because out of all of the movies,and im sure most people feel the same on here, this is the one that has to stick to the book most. I cant wait to see reviews(after I watch the movie) from REAL Potter fans. These jerks above just dont get it.Avatar ImageLLcruize says: Too often I find that the reviews of films become an event all to themselves. We fans look to these early reviews as a barameter of our expectations. So in a sense, we give them WAY too much power. They (the reviewer) get consumed with this power and thus their review becomes more than what it should be, which is, supposedly, an informed/educated critique of the art. The review from the Guardian is an example of grandstanding. Not because it is counter to my expectations or that I feel EVERYONE must love HP movies. But that a great deal of the review is not specific to the film, but to the franchise as a whole. It is obvious that Mr Brooks spent far more time coming up with his pithy swipes at the franchise than any attempt to genuinely review the film that I suppose they viewed. I say "suppose" because I really don't get a sense they attended a screening of the film. We get some commentary on the film, but three quarters of the review is spent quipping on the franchise. The comment about no closure is one of the biggest laughs as well as one of the biggest indicators they really had no intentions to objectively critique the film. Going intto a film that is a known part 1 and leveling a complaint like that, you show an ignorance of not only the source material, but an overall sense of storytelling. I wonder what Mr. Brooks thought about Empire Strikes Back, LOtR: Two Towers, Back to the Future 2, etc. All films with endings that are not the traditional neatly tied in a bow ending because they were the 2nd act of a 3 act story. The first Deathly Hallow is the obvious lead in to the finale that Mr. Brooks is clamoring for. But I have no doubt, even if the bow had been tied and the package neatly wrapped, he would still have comlains galore. All that the review accomplishes is giving Mr. Brooks a second of notoriety that will take up space, but he, not Potter, will leave no trace. Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: 2 out of 5 stars! It's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows we're talking about! Either way, I'm not looking at the reviews, I can't handle anymore spoilers and I want to feel the magic myself, not by some reviews.Avatar ImageMaryMalfoy says: These reviews sound so uneducated and just plain stupid at times. Of course DH Part 1 doesn't have much of a resolution, IT'S ONLY PART 1. Geez. I don't pay any attention to these reviews though. I feel usually that people who aren't fans don't fully understand how great these films really are. I'm so excited to see the film myself, and I'm sure it will be great. These are just non sense. Avatar ImagePeverellForever says: Wow. I think the person from total film just hated HP. He seemed to have more to say about how bad he thought the book was than what he thought of the move.Avatar Imagesueml says: Like everyone else - I agree that these reviews (Guardian and Total Film) are more about showing how much the reviewer doesn't like (or understand) Harry Potter. The points that they complain about are scenes that will thrill Harry Potter fans - these are the scenes we've been waiting for! Then some people say - but the movie has to appeal to people who haven't read the books. Do they though? The Harry Potter series is one of the best sellers of all times (especially considering it first came out only 13 years ago). I would say a majority of people going to the movies are also fans of the books too. Variety (whose review I liked by the way), said it best: "Still, the filmmakers are to be applauded for not pandering to the few Potter virgins who may be in the audience, and for pushing the series ahead into unapologetically darker realms." This is a paper who understands - the movies are, in the end, for fans of the book. The movies are no longer "family films", the long drawn-out emotional scenes between our beloved trio are not dull, and, I'm sorry, but Emma Watson (as much as I love her portrayal as Hermione) is not "as usual, the star." In the end - who cares what the reviewers say - the movie will make multi-millions, and we'll like it.Avatar Imagekmac23va says: I thought the Telegraph's review was the most interesting. First for bringing up the non-book dance scene between Harry and Hermione, which I'm sure was done to pander to us who would've preferred them as the final pairing, as well as taking advantage of the marketability of Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson as a duo. Which leads to the second part about how Rupert Grint plays Ron's jealousy against those two...there's a part of me that wonders if someone took him aside and said "you know Dan and Emma get all the press, you get noted for the ice cream truck..." and he found some true emotion to play that off. Let's be honest, most movie posters have Ron look afraid or goofy, while Harry and Hermione look like they're going to kick your butt and make you cry.Avatar Imageabandonedboyjon says: Im actually liking what i'm reading. All the things they didn't like are huge positives for the fans. About time, I say. and it's impossible to say the split had no artistic reasoning without seeing Part II.Avatar ImageGinnywobbles says: That Guardian reviewer is a self-satisfied twit! He's like the child who never liked a food before, and insists on still disliking it, just to prove his narrow-minded point that it couldn't have been good in the first place. We get it, he doesn't like it, never did, so why waste newspaper space with his words. MILLIONS of fans, the WORLD OVER have loved the books and movies, or him, a lone git, suffering delusions of grandeur at opposing a legacy. If he gave any valid arguments or sounded informed at all, it could be a reasonable disagreement, but he's a bored bag of hot air trying to get his 15 minutes of fame by poo-pooing a phenomenon. (Actually not worth the time I spent writing this--why did I care--but there you go.)Avatar Imagerunlikethewind says: The last review makes me soo angry. "Sometimes an illuminated deer will trot over to show them something important." UGH! Obviously this person has no imagination or appreciation for the whole series. He is completely biased and maybe has never even read the books! I'm not saying the movies are perfect, because they are far from it, but they are still great representations of the book, the story, and the love many fans have for the series. This reviewer is only mocking the books, movies, and JK Rowling's amazing work! If he took the time too look into the meaning of the series as a whole instead of being a stubborn twit, then maybe he would realize what a brainless a** he is. sorry, that's my rant. I'm super excited for this movie :)Avatar Imagemagicmaniac says: this is crap don't listen to it. they aren't fans they're haters!!Avatar ImageLaura Potter says: Really liked the Variety review, it structured its opinions well, giving reasons and yet looking at the film without any bias, giving an honest review (and assuring me that the film will not have eaten JK's work :P), and even gave great info about what to expect. Could not believe some of the people these newspapers and magazines choose to do reviews for them, I had no idea what they were hoping to achieve, cos all I got from the first one is that someone has a very horrible sense of humour, and simply pulled out everything they disliked about the film, exagerated it, mocked it and then ignored anything good that they found in the film! I can understand there being some complaints (I have had some over the years, and have found some moments where I think the film makers are mad), but to completely diss the whole series!?!?!? Damn you evil reviewers just trying to make a name for yourselves by attempting to be funny!!! :(Avatar ImageMaxtina Potter says: OMG! THEY HATE THE SERIES, NOT ONLY THIS MOVIE!!! AND WE HATE *THEM* NOW!!Avatar ImageMaxtina Potter says: The ONLY people I care about their reviews are: * Roger Ebert - Sun times * Peter Travers - Rolling Stone * Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter * Kenneth Turan - LA Times * Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly NO ONE else! I DESPISE the people who just want to BASH HP becasue they want attention!Avatar ImageMaxtina Potter says: What IS WRONG with that Guardian critic!?!? UGH!Avatar Imagejessyginny says: They NEVER give 5 stars to anything!! I think it´s someone really old who just hates it!! I think a HP fan should rate it, or Jo herself, that way you really get to know what it´s like! The people who rate it doesn´t know a thing about it!Avatar Imagebudgie says: Some of these reviewers seem not to get what the series is all about.Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: I can't read any of the reviews! I don't want it to impact my opinion of the movie! Just reading the titles and how could the Guardian only give it 2/5??!!Avatar ImageLLcruize says: We live in a time where the review, in many cases, takes on more importance than the film being critiqued. It is an opportunity for the reviewer to grind an axe, to push an agenda. The Guardian review is an example of this. There is no attempt to offer any kind of objective point of view. No attempt at properly informing the readers. It is an example of how not to write a review. To suggest these films will be forgotten, as the reviewer does, is ludicrous and shows an absolute unwillingness to recognize the overall phenomenon that Harry Potter is. We have created these reviews in a sense, by our hyperbol reaction to these films. We jump on anything extreme; good or bad. This guy knows fans will eventually read his words and he will have his 15mins of fame and that is exactly what he wants. But, as I said in my first comment, it is he, not the films, which will be forgotten soon. His words proven the inferior, not the films. His words proven the lessor by the films being beloved decades later, inspite of his opinion. Because really, the only thing he knows about, speaks with any authority on, is his own opinion. It does not represent my opinion, or anyone elses opinion. It is just his little ole opinion. Avatar ImageSohumdore says: These reviewers are totally biased and do not understand the essense of Harry Potter. With unrelated insults such as lack of warmth, it displays a stupid critic for the books have no warmth in them. Great job Yates, no matter what the critics say!Avatar ImageHmrc5 says: Sorry but I use to guide myself from The Guardian and also from Premiere, but must confess that The Guardian Review to this movie was really bad, does that guy even saw the movie? Or does he like Harry Potter books? That's very odd, that a critics like the Guardian publish what looked like a personal criticism to a worldwide movie!!Avatar Imagecrikeyhunter says: I just saw "SAW 3D" and loved it....it got one star.....the critics ratings mean nothing.....as fans we are even psyched over the trailers and clips....rock on Potter.Avatar ImageLaura Potter says: I remember when Troy came out, it got awful reviews, but earnt so much money, and was so popular with audiences! most reviews are simply made to get attention, or to point out perhaps one part of a movie that the critic views as a negative without exploring why it was done that way, and what the reasons were for it, and whether it was the right decision! often critics are extremely wrong, harsh or narrow minded :( agree with crikeyhunter here, so true!Avatar ImageJrg1990 says: http://platform-online.net/2010/11/review-harry-potter-and-the-deathly-hallows-part-one/ - Here is a review from a Leaky staffer (myself), just to counteract the terrible Guardian reviews. If i was giving it a star rating, it would be 5 stars!!!Avatar ImageMissHermione says: these reviews were extremely confusing, especially the last oneAvatar Imagegreenfinch says: tough crowd.Avatar Imagejoeys_mommy says: Jrg1990-I loved the review!Avatar Imagethevoid99 says: Film critics can be fair or otherwise biased. With people like Roger Ebert and James Berardinelli. They're fair. It's the idiots and quote-wh*res that should be avoided. People like Pete Hammond, Ben Lyons, Jeffrey Lyons, and Shawn Edwards. Even if they praise the film. They're only doing it to get their names in the papers. Then there's Armond White. He is pretty much the worst critic out there. He may claim to be intelligent but his reviews are completely idiotic with the intellectual mumbo-jumbo he creates. He's a contrarian. Never read a review from him. He's likely to pan this film along with every Harry Potter film. Don't take anything he says seriously. He's just a moron.Avatar ImageHinkypunkmum says: The film scares the little ones ? GOOD !! Then it's doing its job ! Keep 'em home !!!!!Avatar ImageLiderc says: I don't mind reviews from people who aren't fans of the movies/books, it's actually a good thing to know if the movie works for them, but it seems like these people didn't even know who the target audience is? Saying it's too scary for 8 year olds? It's a pg13 movie, the characters are now 17? in the storyline, these are adults basically on a quest and avoid being murdered. It's a real movie now, not a kids show.Avatar ImageFilthyMudblood___ says: I often don't pay attention to reviews, as HP fans see these films from such a different perspective. To me, any HP film is going to be brilliant!Avatar ImageCurandera says: It seems a common complaint is that there isn't enough "action" to warrant a 2-movie split. Except for the escape from Privet Drive. Oh, and the attack at the wedding. And the Ministry of Magic section. The problem seems to be all that "talking" and "acting" when things aren't exploding. Okay, good. Because this isn't "Rambo." This is actually about people, relationships and a storyline with things called "lessons." By the way, do they really think that a movie with the scenes they liked, those mentioned above, in the detail and time given to them could also include a full battle at Hogwarts and resolution of all the open threads too in one movie?! I'm sure if Warners had tried, they would have been complaining that everything went too fast and they should have split it into 2 movies. They are nothing more than Dementors.Avatar ImageMistic Willow says: I really do not know what to make of all that, how about I DON'T CARE WHAT THEY SAY!!! I KNOW THIS WILL BE A GREAT MOVIE!!!! AND IT SHOULD HAVE GREAT REVIEWS!!!! Avatar ImageDaegen says: The real problem is that the past movies have glossed over some substories that have now become important to pull into the final movies. So, unfortunately, they are having to try explain so much in so little time. It would have worked much better if they would have waited for ALL the books to be completed and then made the movies. The storylines and ideas would be much more comprehensible and important details would have been included from the beginning.Avatar ImageBlutiful says: And, Empire gave it 3 out of 5 stars.

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