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Reviews of the Phoenix

Published July 8, 2007 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros.
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Have I not been fair? After posting some mixed reviews for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix last week I received an explosive amount of email with links to other, positive reviews.

After look at all the reviews suggested, I must admit that having the first two reviews for OotP be mixed ones does seem slightly jaded; especially since almost all of the latest reviews have been extremely positive.


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Reviews


Just like all who wrote in wanted, here are two more early reviews for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Yes, both are positive.

New York Mag
Did I mention that, for all its portentousness, this is the best Harry Potter picture yet? In some ways, it improves on J. K. Rowling’s novel, which is punishingly protracted and builds to a climactic wand-off better seen than read. (I can’t wait to ogle the Imax 3-D version.) Yates directed the great 2003 British mini-series State of Play, a literate newspaper drama with a vein of sublimated violence.

Having confidently proclaimed that David Chase would learn the lesson of John Updike’s Rabbit and not kill off Tony Soprano too early (Come on, folks, he’s dead, dead, dead), I’m loath to predict what July 21—and the final Potter book—will bring. But the film of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the best enticement imaginable. It rekindles the dread, the ache in your stomach that says, “He can’t die!”—and at the same time, “How can he defeat everything racist, repressive, and murderously Fascistic in the world without making the ultimate sacrifice?”



NY Daily News
It's action-packed, darker, more epic and thankfully schmaltz-free. And it's the best "Harry Potter" film yet.

In previous "Potter" movies, nonessential story lines and silly character set pieces added little but minutes to the film's running time. Here, British director David Yates (TV's "Sex Traffic" and "The Girl in the Cafe") keeps the subplots, the over-sentimentality (most notably in a crucial death scene) and regular supporting cast (Emma Thompson, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman) firmly in check.


Check out both reviews for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by clicking the bold links above.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix opens to theaters on July 11th.

For the trailers, posters, movie stills, synopsis and more movie info, go to the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.


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