The Critics Take On “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2″

The newest and final installation of the “Harry Potter” series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ will be premiering at midnight tonight. Perhaps you already have your tickets, or perhaps you haven’t yet decided whether you need to be one of the first to see it. Well, the critic’s reviews are trickling in and, overall, everyone is saying it’s the best of the seven. After the jump, some choice excerpts from reviewers, so you can decide if you will grab your sleeping bag and head to the theater tonight or if you’ll wait until the hype dies down (or at least until a reasonable hour on Friday) to see it. Justin Chang of Variety thinks audiences will be disappointed with “The End.”:

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ surges ahead with tremendous urgency, superb spectacle and powerful, even overwhelming emotion, only to falter with a hasty sendoff that seems to buckle under the weight of audience expectations. Tears will be shed as fans bid farewell to Hogwarts, but catharsis remains just out of reach. [Variety]

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian credits the finale as the best in the series:

“There are some superb set-piece scenes – and now the plot has so much more zing, these scenes have a power that comparable moments in earlier movies did not have. The colossal achievement of this series really is something to wonder at.” [The Guardian]

Philip Womack of the Daily Telegraph gives the film a backhanded compliment:

“This is monumental cinema, awash with gorgeous tones, and carrying an ultimate message that will resonate with every viewer, young or old: there is darkness in all of us, but we can overcome it. Perhaps the greatest triumph of this final film is its ability to overcome the deficiencies of J K Rowling’s writing.” [Daily Telegraph]

Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter claims fans (and kind of fans) will be pleased:

“Fully justifying the decision, once thought purely mercenary, of splitting J.K. Rowling’s final book into two parts, this is an exciting and, to put it mildly, massively eventful finale that will grip and greatly please anyone who has been at all a fan of the series up to now. If ever there was a sure thing commercially, this stout farewell is it.” [Hollywood Reporter]

Stephen Whitty of The Star-Ledger provides tips for the best Potter experience possible:

“Re-watch your DVD of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.’ Brush up on who’s who, and what’s what (the properties of magical wands become particularly important here). And be sure to arrive at your seat with plenty of popcorn — and tissues. You’re going to need both.” [The Star Ledger]

Elizabeth Weitzman of The New York Daily News gives the finale major props:

“Like most important goodbyes, the second—and concluding–chapter of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ has been simultaneously anticipated and dreaded. But now it’s here, and all that matters is this: it’s wonderful. Epic and heartbreaking and just as grand as it needs to be.” [New York Daily News]

So, what’s it gonna be? Will we see you at midnight?

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