Rotten Tomatoes‘ Consensus:
“Dark, thrilling, and occasionally quite funny, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is also visually stunning and emotionally satisfying”
Six films in, and the franchise managed to bring something new to the table every time that the Warner Bros. logo flashes across the screen. Half-Blood Prince is a movie that takes the Harry Potter franchise to the next level, and sets the stage for the dramatic finale.
With a story that is missing Voldemort and focusing heavily on the origins of the dark wizard, Half-Blood Prince manages to create a solid and engrossing atmosphere that entertains and retains focus for its lengthy run time.
What works so well for Half-Blood Prince is the way that Yates approaches the installment. He keeps the magic that makes every year at Hogwarts intact while making a darker and more edgy story, perhaps enlightening the intensity and the tone of the battle to come.