Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
  • PG
  • 2h 33m
  • 2009
Certified Fresh83%
Common Sense Media Iconage 12+
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Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for his sixth year--to face a growing danger that may be more than a match for his strengthening powers as a wizard . . . While Death Eaters emboldened by the return of Lord Voldemort wreak havoc in both the Muggle and Wizarding worlds, Harry suspects new dangers lie within Hogwarts. Dumbledore, racing to prepare Harry for a final battle that he knows is fast approaching, brings him on a perilous mission to find the key to unlock Voldemort's defenses. Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a different adversary as teenage hormones rage: Harry's friendship with Ginny Weasley grows into something deeper; Lavender Brown lavishes her affections on Ron; Hermione simmers with jealousy . . . and a box of love potion-laced chocolates ends up in the wrong hands. Academy Award nomination for Best Achievement in Cinematography.
© 2009 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved. HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Certified Fresh83%
Critics Consensus: Dark, thrilling, and occasionally quite funny, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is also visually stunning and emotionally satisfying.
Reviews
Film.com
Laremy Legel
Fresh

I think it's the best of the series, fairly easily, and a testament to why occasionally throwing a...

June 22, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald
Giles Hardie
Fresh

If Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a roller coaster, it's the tiny train meant for only...

June 21, 2017
New Yorker
Anthony Lane
Rotten

All in all, despite the verve that drives the grander set pieces, it's hard to avoid the sensation...

June 21, 2017
Chicago Reader
Cliff Doerksen
Fresh

Director David Yates presides over some gorgeous CGI set pieces, but all the real magic comes from...

June 21, 2017
Denver Post
Lisa Kennedy
Fresh

With its deft handling of teen yearning and affection, Half-Blood Prince maneuvers mysteries of he...

October 30, 2018
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Terrific but intense mix of love, friendship, fear, sorrow.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is extremely edgy for a PG movie -- in all ways, it's very similar to the previous two movies, which were rated PG-13. This film continues the series' trend toward darker, more intense material. For young children, the death of a major beloved character could be extremely upsetting. Other characters are bloodied, kicked, and cursed in frightening ways, and a very scary scene involving scary, skeletal characters is sure to scare the pants off of little kids. There are also some big emotional upheavals and scary attacks. And there's notably more sexuality -- albeit playfully depicted -- than in the past movies. Because the characters are now teens, much of the interaction between them and their friends centers on getting a boy or girlfriend, and there's plenty of snogging (making out). While Harry and his friends continue as strong positive role models, other characters' motives and plans become more ambiguous. And there are also a few scenes that include alcohol consumption -- including one in which a professor serves his students.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Action, Fantasy
  • Release Date:July 15, 2009
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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