By Mandi Bierly
July 17, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

Is there too much time spent on young love in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? That’s something we’ve discussed before, but now Entertainment Weekly‘s film critics, Lisa Schwarzbaum and Owen Gleiberman, have weighed in. Watch their chat below, and you find out that Owen, who still ranks the film among the Harry Potter series best, believes the hormones hurt the movie. “The actors are appealing, but I think it really bogs the movie down because all the little romantic plots, and seeing these characters develop crushes, isn’t really wound into the story. It’s just kind of there.” Lisa counters: “But it makes you feel that they are people that you could really understand. That actually inside, internally, there’s a magic going on in a teenager’s life, which, to each teenager, is almost as big as dealing with good and evil.”

It’s been jokingly suggested that women will like Half-Blood Prince more than men. Does it come down to a gender issue when you’re talking romance at Hogwarts? Let’s find out. Vote in the poll below.

More ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’:
‘Harry Potter’ geeks: Vent your frustrations about the movie changes here!
Read Lisa Schwarzbaum’s full review
Dalton Ross and Josh Wolk talk ‘Half-Blood Prince’ romance on Must List Live!
‘Half-Blood Prince’: 8 exclusive pics from EW’s photo shoot