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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
    79%
  • Audience Score
    81%

common sense

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

  • 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?
  • 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?

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

4 stars

I originally believed this to be the best of the series, but I have to take that back. I still believe that The Prisoner of Azkaban has the finest narrative of all of the films in the series. Don't get me wrong, though. The later films aren't by any means bad. The Order of the Phoenix, for example, is one of the most gut-wrenching and intense films of the series. The only thing that brings it down a bit is the narrative, which is a bit uneven in the overall scheme of things, but not quite as much the films before it. You can tell that the filmmakers, namely David Yates, are ironing out exactly how to tell these tales. This one has a lot of emotion going on in it, probably more than the ones before it... but that's nothing compared to what's to come.

- FilmFanatik, Saturday, August 6, 2011

3 stars

Hagrid: It's changing out there. Just like last time. There's a storm coming, Harry. And we all best be ready when she does. "Evil Must Be Confronted" Order of the Phoenix is my least liked Harry Potter movie. With that said, I still really like it. We see the addition of Bellatix Lestrange who is played really well throughout the rest of the films by Helena Bonham Carter. She is an evil follower of Voldermort and doesn't waste much time before she kills. Another new face in this one is Umbridge. Easily the easiest person for me to hate in the series. Umbridge is what we in the muggle world call a bitch(Well, I guess Mrs. Weasley will say it too). Umbrich is the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher and she is doing the ministries business. She lays down a bunch of ridiculous rules and takes magic completely out of the classroom. Her and Fudge refuse to admit that the Dark Lord is back and instead blame everything that is happening on Sirius Black. The cool thing about the book and movie is that Harry has to take command and start training students to defend themselves, since Umbridge isn't. They call themselves Dumbledore's Army and practice as much as is possible under heavy watch and scrutiny from Umbridge. This is the first attempt by David Yates who would go onto helm the rest of the movies. Although this movie isn't as good as it should be, Yates only improves from here on out. I like that one director made the last four movies. It gives some stability to the movies and their tones.

- blkbomb, Wednesday, July 20, 2011

3 stars

Hagrid: It's changing out there. Just like last time. There's a storm coming, Harry. And we all best be ready when she does. "Evil Must Be Confronted" Order of the Phoenix is my least liked Harry Potter movie. With that said, I still really like it. We see the addition of Bellatix Lestrange who is played really well throughout the rest of the films by Helena Bonham Carter. She is an evil follower of Voldermort and doesn't waste much time before she kills. Another new face in this one is Umbridge. Easily the easiest person for me to hate in the series. Umbridge is what we in the muggle world call a bitch(Well, I guess Mrs. Weasley will say it too). Umbrich is the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher and she is doing the ministries business. She lays down a bunch of ridiculous rules and takes magic completely out of the classroom. Her and Fudge refuse to admit that the Dark Lord is back and instead blame everything that is happening on Sirius Black. The cool thing about the book and movie is that Harry has to take command and start training students to defend themselves, since Umbridge isn't. They call themselves Dumbledore's Army and practice as much as is possible under heavy watch and scrutiny from Umbridge. This is the first attempt by David Yates who would go onto helm the rest of the movies. Although this movie isn't as good as it should be, Yates only improves from here on out. I like that one director made the last four movies. It gives some stability to the movies and their tones.

- blkbomb, Wednesday, July 20, 2011