Box art for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

action & adventure, children & family, drama

Lord Voldemort has returned, but the Ministry of Magic is doing everything it can to keep the wizarding world from knowing the truth.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
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common sense

ON for kids age 12
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
3 out of 5

Riveting fifth movie finds Harry angry, brooding.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that even kids who can't read know about Harry Potter, and some kids who are too young for the content will want to see this fifth Potter movie. As has been the case with each succeeding movie, as the central characters have gotten older and taken on bigger challenges, the themes darken, the danger becomes more intense, and the climatic battle scenes with "You Know Who" and his minions are downright frightening. Spoiler alert: There's a very upsetting (but bloodless) death of someone near and dear to Harry. As a result, he grows even more introspective and angry. At the very least, he does enjoy his first kiss (no spoiler to Potterheads), and Ron and Hermione continue their flirtatious bickering.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movies' increasingly mature themes as Harry grows into a full-blown adolescent. Why is Harry so angry? Do you think Harry and his friends act and feel like real teenagers?
  • Even though this movie and the last one are rated PG-13, they're heavily marketed to younger kids -- do you think that's OK, or are the later movies too scary for little kids?
  • Potterheads: What parts of the book were best depicted in the film? What got left out that you would have included? What scenes included heavy foreshadowing of things to come?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: This is the bleakest Potter installment to date, and under David Yates's choppy direction, Maggie Smith, Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, and David Thewlis have little more than walk-ons.

- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Thursday, July 12, 2007

Fresh: By focussing the story on Harry (a leaner and slightly meaner Daniel Radcliffe) and his exploits, Yates dispenses with many of the novel's subplots and is able to push the story forward, ominously foreshadowing the dark times to come.

- Bruce Diones, New Yorker, Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Rotten: Yates lacks a steady grip on the shape and rhythm of the film.

- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Audience Reviews

5 stars

this is the best harry potter film. I love this movie. it's a true masterpiece. A

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Saturday, November 13, 2010

5 stars

Am I really wrong to think Emma Watson is not only hot but going to be such a good actress. I probably only watch Potter movies for three reasons 1/ Emma Watson is cute 2/ Ruper Grint is funny in an adult way 3/ i like the lore.

- rezpatriot, Monday, March 8, 2010

2 stars

whatever but screw you David Yates! I hate you for ruining Harry Potter's series.

- citawijaya, Monday, February 22, 2010