'Harry Potter' and the Half-Blood Prince' is about as critic-proof as a movie can be (with the possible exception of 'Transformers 2,' of course). Reviewers could call it "'Ernest Scared Stupid' of fantasy films" (apologies to any 'Ernest' fans), and Potterheads would still flock to theaters in droves -- multiple times.

Luckily for fans, the sixth installment in J.K. Rowling's beloved boy wizard saga appears to be, for lack of a better word, spellbinding. Reviews have been nothing short of glowing, and ticket sales are decimating those of the year's biggest earner to date, a little sleeper hit entitled 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.'

Long story short, 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' could be the year's highest-grossing movie AND an Oscar contender (thanks for the 10 Best Pic nominees, Academy!). See what critics are saying about Harry's latest adventure after the jump, then chime in with your thoughts on 'Harry Potter 6.' Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'Harry Potter' and the Half-Blood Prince' is about as critic-proof as a movie can be (with the possible exception of 'Transformers 2,' of course). Reviewers could call it "the 'Ernest Scared Stupid' of fantasy films" (apologies to any 'Ernest' fans), and Potterheads would still flock to theaters in droves -- multiple times.

Luckily for fans, the sixth installment in J.K. Rowling's beloved boy wizard saga appears to be, for lack of a better word, spellbinding. Reviews have been nothing short of glowing, and ticket sales are decimating those of the year's biggest earner to date, a little sleeper hit entitled 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.'

Long story short, 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' could be the year's highest-grossing movie AND an Oscar contender (thanks for the 10 Best Pic nominees, Academy!). See what critics are saying about Harry's latest adventure below, then chime in with your thoughts on 'Harry Potter 6.' -- By Tom DiChiara

Roger Ebert: "The climactic scene in 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' takes place in one of those underground caverns with a lake and an ominous gondola as the means of transportation, popularized by 'The Phantom of the Opera.' At first I thought -- no gondola! But then, one appeared, dripping and hulking. In another movie I might have grinned, but you know what? By that point, I actually cared."

Variety: "Kids' stuff is a thing of the past in 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.' Suddenly looking quite grown up, the students at Hogwarts are forced to grapple with heavy issues of mortality, memory and loss in this sixth installment in the series of big-screen adaptations of J.K. Rowling's Potter tales. Dazzlingly well made and perhaps deliberately less fanciful than the previous entries, this one is played in a mode closer to palpable life-or-death drama than any of the others and is quite effective as such."


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New York Times: "That any sense of play and pleasure remains amid all the doom and the dust, the poisonous potions and murderous sentiments, is partly a testament to the remarkable sturdiness of this movie franchise, which has transformed in subtle and obvious fashion, changing in tandem with the sprouting bodies and slowly evolving personalities of its young, now teenage characters."

L.A. Times: "'Half-Blood Prince' demonstrates the ways that the Potter pictures have become the modern exemplars of establishment movie-making. We don't turn to these films for thrilling or original cinema, we look for a level of craft, consistency and, most of all, fidelity to the originals -- all of which we get."

The Hollywood Reporter: "A jerky start of exposition and back story gives way to vigorous storytelling in the latest chapter of 'Harry Potter.'"

The Daily Telegraph: "It is to the enormous credit of 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,' the sixth installment in the sequence, that it doesn't rest too comfortably in this familiarity. It takes the saga in a dark direction, as Harry accepts his role as the Chosen One and sets about preparing to destroy the evil Lord Voldemort. ... For fans both of the films and the books, this is an elegant addition to the canon -- even if it is only there to set the scene for the final conflict in the next two movies."

CHUD: "'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' is a remarkable achievement, a film that is moving, that is funny, that is honest and true and sad and sweet. It's a movie about characters who we have come to know and love, and it's a movie that understands that it's these characters, and not the magic they perform, that is the real hook of the series. And it's a film that is just crowded with beautiful vistas and marvelous effects and that has some of the best performances yet for this series."

BoxOffice.com: "For pure fun, adventure, romance and thrills this is clearly going to be the movie to raise the bar for this summer's blockbusters. With Harry, Ron and Hermione feeling the pangs of love and ominous signs that the final battle is nearing, this is the most spectacular and richly satisfying 'Potter' movie yet, topping all that have come before it."





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