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Early Reviews for "Deathly Hallows: Part 1"

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Posted by: Mel
November 13, 2010, 11:29 PM

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.

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5503 Points

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!!!!!!!!

Posted by ksddancer... ROAR!!!!!!! on November 14, 2010, 09:48 AM report to moderator
348 Points

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.

Posted by IwishIwas@Hogwarts on November 14, 2010, 09:51 AM report to moderator
33 Points

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.

Posted by LLcruize on November 14, 2010, 09:59 AM report to moderator
1740 Points

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.

1258 Points

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.

Posted by Darth Mary on November 14, 2010, 10:46 AM report to moderator
157 Points

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.

Posted by PeverellForever on November 14, 2010, 11:17 AM report to moderator

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.

Posted by sueml on November 14, 2010, 11:30 AM report to moderator

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.

Posted by kmac23va on November 14, 2010, 12:38 PM report to moderator
803 Points

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.

Posted by abandonedboyjon on November 14, 2010, 01:32 PM report to moderator
310 Points

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.)

Posted by Mollywobbles on November 14, 2010, 01:36 PM report to moderator
29 Points

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 :)

Posted by runlikethewind on November 14, 2010, 02:09 PM report to moderator
1479 Points

this is crap don’t listen to it. they aren’t fans they’re haters!!

Posted by magicmaniac on November 14, 2010, 02:30 PM report to moderator
123 Points

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!!! :(

Posted by Laura Potter on November 14, 2010, 02:31 PM report to moderator
23699 Points


Posted by Maxtina Potter (Aty) on November 14, 2010, 02:32 PM report to moderator
23699 Points

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!

Posted by Maxtina Potter (Aty) on November 14, 2010, 02:40 PM report to moderator
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