GoF Review Round-upMovie Reviews
Lots more reviews are hitting newspapers, magazines and the internet this week, in advance of the release of Goblet of Fire. While our summary will be as spoiler-free as possible, please note that all of the reviews listed here will contain some degree of spoilers for the film.
The Scotsman's review was generally positive. "Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire may not break with all the Potter traditions, but the fourth film is far more ambitious than its predecessors, conjuring up a gothic complexity that has earned the series its first 12A certificate."
The Phillipine Daily Inquirer says, "For all this burden of adaptation and translation, 'Fire' moves with a straightforward, no-nonsense self-assuredness, a growing sense of purpose, not unlike that of Radcliffe who is imbuing his Harry with a more urgent energy and, dare we say it, angst as 'The Boy Who Lived' struggles to come with terms with the fact his destiny has begun to sink its reptilian claws into him."
FilmFocus states that "Newell delivers the first of the five-star Potters, adding a level of boarding-school charm the series was desperately lacking."
Also in the UK, Time Out is concerned that "those who haven't read any of the Harry Potter books may find this latest episode particularly confusing: characters flit in and out without explanation and scenes change without warning..." TotalFilm gives the movie three stars (a "good" rating) and concurrs with Time Out that the film moves "at a pace that isn't too fussed about holding newcomers' hands." They also write that GoF is a "crowd-pleasing picture of spell and spectacle."