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The Guardian gives HBP three out of five stars The Guardian gives HBP three out of five stars

090703 ReviewAndrew Pulver of The Guardian has posted an early review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Pulver gave the film three out of five stars, and here’s why:

Putatively winsome all this may be, but what it actually does is throw the series’ biggest weakness into sharp relief: film-making can (and does) control pretty much everything – except how the cute juvenile leads grow up. Still, director David Yates knows how to play all the cards. Although a touch ungainly, his film is solidly constructed, with lots of fine effects. If, as Potter approaches his final confrontation with Voldemort, the wizardly battles begin to resemble Lord of the Rings, it’s hardly a handicap; this is tried and tested cinematic language, and does all it needs.

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