In a new review by The Daily Gamecock, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” is held up as the best Potter film yet. The reviewer also calls Tom’s performance genuine and intense:
The real star of this film is Tom Felton, who plays the antagonist Draco Malfoy. In the previous films, Felton was seen sporadically and was merely the bully of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. A big change has occurred for Felton’s character, however, and Draco has become a backbone of the film’s plot. Given an assignment by the Dark Lord himself, Draco fights his inner demons and overworks himself to complete the task at hand.
Felton’s performance is so genuine and intense that it makes the viewer sympathize for Draco and provokes personal feelings of distress and discomfort.