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The students at Hogwarts are experiencing teenage hormones which brings up some jealousy amongst the students. Meanwhile Harry is being prepared for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Dumbledore is helping him and together they work to find the key to unlock Voldermort's defenses.
Fantasy Adventure - Like the other five films in the series, this is an effects-heavy
fantasy adventure aimed primarily at older pre-teens to young adults
but will have appeal for all demographics. While this film has a
gentler PG rating than the last two films, some dark and scary
moments make the film a bit too intense and heavy for young children.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good The sixth Harry Potter movie has its share of flaws but nevertheless represents solid entertainment, and it extends a remarkable streak for a franchise that has gone six deep without one failure.
Roger EbertFull Review Good I admired this Harry Potter. It opens and closes well, and has wondrous art design and cinematography as always, only more so.
USA TodayFull Review Very Good Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is spellbinding, even though it is more grounded in reality and less fanciful than previous installments.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 128 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:They loved "The Half Blood Prince."
TEENS:The female reviews are very high. They all loved it. The male reviews are also high but about half liked it more than loved it.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Outstanding reviews from both males and females. Nearly everyone loved it.
ADULTS:These reviews are very good, but not quite great. About half, of both males and females, loved it, rating it "Excellent," or higher, which is great. Most of the remaining half enjoyed it very much, rating it "Very Good."
Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort's defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn't counted on Romilda Vane's chocolates! And then there's Hermione, simmering with jealously but determined not to show her feelings. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.