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The sixth installment of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is now mere weeks away. It sweeps into theaters on July 15th and like the rest of you, here are Cinema Blend are left fidgeting with our wands while we wait for our chance to see it. For a few lucky critics though, the first ever Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince screenings happened this weekend and that of course, means the reviews have started rolling in.

There’s good news here. Of the eight reviews I was able to find online so far, none of them were negative. They range from mediocre, to the fancifully perhaps unrealistically positive. Hollywood.com for instance, is already screaming for a slot in the newly expanded Best Picture category at this year’s Oscars.

Best picture seems unlikely, but the early buzz on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is shaping up to be wonderfully positive. For those of you who weren’t happy with what Michael Bay did with his Transformers sequel, it looks like Harry Potter may finally be the blockbuster we can all sink our teeth into.

Here’s a quick sampling of the opinions in some of the web’s earliest reviews. Keep checking back with us, and we’ll have our review posted here on Cinema Blend as soon as we’re able.

Early Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Reviews:

“I was blown away like a Quidditch player on a supercharged broomstick. Not only that, halfway through, I’m thinking the unthinkable: Ten academy awards nominations are available this year ... hmm, I wonder ....” Paul Dergarabedian, Hollywood.com

“The more human side of the story covering the interplay of burgeoning romances doesn't interfere with what is essentially an action extravaganza, making it a great all round viewing experience.” - Pink News

“If you're a fan, you're sure to find something to grumble about; ditto if you're a critic; but for the dwindling amount of people who just want to go to the movies to watch a fun and interesting movie, you could do a lot worse than Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince.” - The Shiznit [3/5]

“David Yates has found his footing in his second outing as a Harry Potter movie maker after 2007s Harry Potter And The Order of the Phoenix and his decision to use cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel was a masterstroke. The film looks great and Delbonnel gives the picture a palette of dark hues that lure us into the story and keep us there.” - Daily Mail

“David Yates has learned from his mistakes and here he turns in the most confident, stylish, individual, warm-hearted and witty Harry Potter yet.” - The Sun

“Although a touch ungainly, his film is solidly constructed, with lots of fine effects. If, as Potter approaches his final confrontation with Voldemort, the wizardly battles begin to resemble Lord of the Rings, it's hardly a handicap; this is tried and tested cinematic language, and does all it needs.” - Andrew Puliver, Guardian [3/5]

“Dazzlingly well made and perhaps deliberately less fanciful than the previous entries, this one is played in a mode closer to palpable life-or-death drama than any of the others and is quite effective as such.” - Todd McCarthy, Variety

“A jerky start of exposition and backstory gives way to vigorous storytelling in the latest chapter of Harry Potter.” - Kirk Honeycutt, THR

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