Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II is Certified Fresh

Plus, Winnie the Pooh is also Certified Fresh.

by | July 14, 2011 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got the conclusion to one of the most popular cinematic franchises ever (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson), and we revisit Hundred Acre Wood (Winnie the Pooh, starring Jim Cummings and Craig Ferguson). What do the critics have to say?



Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

96%

How do you conclude one of cinema’s most beloved franchises? With a bang. Critics say Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II is the perfect send-off to a series that’s enchanted millions: it’s viscerally thrilling, visually majestic, and poignantly acted — especially so because we’ve watched Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint grow up on the big screen. The stage has been set for a final showdown between Harry and the evil Lord Voldemort, whose nefarious ambitions include the destruction of Hogwarts and conquest over the rest of us Muggles, too. Can Harry, Hermione, and Ron save the day? As with every preceding chapter in the Harry Potter saga, Deathly Hallows: Part II is Certified Fresh, and the pundits say director David Yates pulled out all the stops to make this a satisfying, emotionally resonant conclusion, filled with excellent performances from familiar faces, superior special effects, and just the right amount of melancholy — after all, it’s tough to say goodbye to the magical world of Hogwarts. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we run down all of the Harry Potter movies in chronological order.)



Winnie the Pooh

90%

If you’re looking for a sweet, gentle animated film that entertains without resorting to manic bursts of activity and pop culture references, you’re in luck. Critics say Winnie the Pooh brings A.A. Milne’s classic characters into a new era with a light, whimsical touch that recalls the glory days of Disney’s hand-drawn animated features. The plot is simple: Winnie the Pooh is hungry, and goes looking for some honey. Along the way, he must help his pal Eeyore, who’s lost his tail. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Winnie the Pooh is brisk, loveable stuff that has the easy charm of a storybook, and its crisp visuals are both enchanting and pleasingly old-school.

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Errol Morris‘s Tabloid, a documentary about a beauty queen whose wild misadventures captivated the British press in the late 1970s, is Certified Fresh at 88 percent.
  • Life, Above All, a drama about a 12-year-old South African girl who’s struggling to do all she can for her troubled family, is at 84 percent.
  • Daylight, a thriller about a couple and a hitchhiker who play a psychological game of cat-and-mouse, is at 80 percent.
  • Phase 7, a sci-fi thriller about a couple holed up in a Buenos Aires apartment building as a deadly epidemic sweeps the city, is at 80 percent.
  • The Tree, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg in a drama about an eight-year-old who believes her deceased father’s spirit lives on in a fig tree near her house, is at 75 percent.
  • Lucky, starring Colin Hanks and Ari Graynor in a comedy about a lottery winner with a dark secret, is at 33 percent.
  • Snow Flower And The Secret Fan, a drama that explores the close relationships between two sets of friends in 19th Century and modern China, is at 29 percent.
  • Salvation Boulevard, starring Pierce Brosnan and Jennifer Connelly in a comedy about an evangelical minister who gets caught up in some sinful behavior, is at seven percent.
  • The Undefeated, a documentary that chronicles Sarah Palin’s political rise, is at zero percent.

Tag Cloud

HBO Reality A&E 2015 Extras singing competition cooking Pop Toys APB Biopics aliens Emmys discovery Rom-Com Martial Arts Spring TV Trailer President TV thriller Sci-Fi Holidays MSNBC Star Wars Certified Fresh Winners X-Men Bravo Valentine's Day police drama Countdown WGN PBS Rock Calendar ESPN Amazon Opinion Sneak Peek NYCC science fiction biography crime thriller E! Disney Channel Star Trek Drama Masterpiece TBS Set visit El Rey ABC Family Mystery Fantasy Reality Competition Comedy TV Land Character Guide war harry potter Food Network Awards Summer Action travel Exclusive Video Kids & Family Music Sundance NBC History Tomatazos AMC ABC Cartoon Network Oscars CBS All Access Schedule Crackle boxoffice technology SundanceTV Marathons dramedy TCM Grammys Cosplay cinemax Musicals The CW Superheroes politics USA LGBTQ GoT Video Games Year in Review FXX Horror FOX Super Bowl comiccon Red Carpet Trivia BET vampires GIFs TCA serial killer Mary Tyler Moore Rocky Fox News RT History TCA 2017 VICE Starz Winter TV Polls and Games sports Teen Comic Book VH1 Logo First Look Lifetime Netflix adventure Premiere Dates period drama Disney Nat Geo Nominations Hulu OWN Podcast Ghostbusters Nickelodeon Watching Series FX sitcom BBC America CMT Box Office American Society of Cinematographers TruTV Photos crime drama Syfy Universal PaleyFest CNN Writers Guild of America Animation 24 frames Fall TV Election MTV 2016 BBC Pirates Showtime Esquire Infographic IFC CBS Interview Country GLAAD cops Marvel Thanksgiving Freeform DC Comics Tumblr Best and Worst TIFF Comedy Central social media SDCC 2017 TNT DirecTV diversity Adult Swim Lionsgate ITV 007 docudrama