Eight years and millions of dollars of popcorn later, here are RevolutionSF's reviews of all the Harry Potter movies so far, by Paul T. Riddell, Martin Thomas, Jason Myers, Mark London Williams, Andrew Kozma, Deanna Toxopeus, Rick Klaw, and Mark Finn.
"Alert the media: for the first time in years (perhaps ever), we have an adaptation of a fantastic novel that's actually faithful to the source material. Not only that, but it isn't painful to watch."
A second opinion: "The child actors were all dead ringers for their literary counterparts. And while I didn't think they were bad actors, it definitely felt like they could've used one more week of rehearsals."
"I can't ever watch (or read about) a Quidditch match without being bothered by it. Okay: the game's over when the Seeker catches the Snitch, right? And the Snitch is worth 150 points, while the goals scored by the other players are worth 10 points a piece. So, unless one team is 150 points ahead of the other, the goals that are scored will have absolutely no effect on the outcome of the game. And, since the game never seems to last long enough for either team to score 150 points in goals, why even bother to try to score goals at all?"
"This movie has the most entertaining end credits I've seen, well, ever."
"This has the lamentable effect of minimizing the return of the Death Eaters — here, they’re more like soccer hooligans gone a bit too far."
"Umbridge pretty much steals the movie out from underneath everyone else. Her giggle alone should garner a best supporting actor nod at the Oscars. And the decorative cat plates on the wall of her office? Creepy."
A second opinion: "I liked the movie, but it felt like a rocket-sled ride through the Cliff's Notes version of the book. Everyone but Harry was pretty much a cameo."