Sequels and adaptations are generally types of films that are most susceptible to harsh criticism. Fans of the original movies or source materials often take issue with liberties taken by the filmmakers, unjust representations of characters or events, or a failure to capture the essence of the story. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 has defied all odds and become one of the most well-reviewed movies I’ve ever encountered. No one seems to have a bad thing to say about the film. We’ve compiled a small list of a few of our colleagues’ thoughts on Deathly Hallows Part 2, all singing its unabashed praises.
Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
"It ends well. After eight films in 10 years and a cumulative global box-office take of more than $6.3 billion, the most successful franchise in the history of movies comes to an obligatory -- and quite satisfying -- conclusion in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.…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."
"The best word to describe the second part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is epic. But even that is an understatement. I was blown away by the movie, and it was only the test screening! The final Potter film is a tour de force, with enough momentum that I think it will ride in victoriously during awards season. (Finally!)"
"Non-fans might find it strange at times, but who cares? They shouldn’t have come to a seventh sequel in the first place. This movie is the close-enough-to-perfect cherry on top of a franchise that will be remembered for years to come. It’s ripe, beautiful, and you’ll be sad – but satisfied – when you’re done with it."
Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Sensational, satisfying, surreal ... an explosive final chapter puts the magic back into the Harry Potter franchise."
Justin Chang, Variety
"With its accelerated rhythm, relentless flow of incident and wizard-war endgame, Part 2 will strike many viewers as a much more exciting, involving picture than the slower, more atmospheric Part 1."
Helen O'Hara, Empire Magazine
"A worthy farewell that packs in as much action as its seven predecessors combined and manages not to stint on the emotional beats. Harry Potter leaves us as a quiet, bespectacled, corduroy-wearing hero for the ages."
Sean Munro, What Culture
"Bear with the slow start and what you get in this bookending installment's latter two acts is more pathos, exhilaration, and sheer entertainment value than anything else in the entire eight-film, ten-year saga. Potter has certainly saved the best for last."
"All too soon, in the words of the tagline, 'It All Ends'. Spectacularly. Emotionally. And Wonderfully."
Sam Reynolds, Digital Spy
"It's Harry Potter as a full-tilt action picture, yet unlike the mind-numbing action of Transformers, here you feel totally invested in the protagonists' plight."
Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.com
"Defined by darker mood and greater gravity than previous chapters, this film concludes the series on a high note that should please viewers and get serious attention as Oscar contender."