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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

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Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 244
Fresh: 221 | Rotten: 23

Critics Consensus: Under the assured direction of Alfonso Cuaron, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban triumphantly strikes a delicate balance between technical wizardry and complex storytelling.

92%
Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 49
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: Under the assured direction of Alfonso Cuaron, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban triumphantly strikes a delicate balance between technical wizardry and complex storytelling.

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User Ratings: 1,160,777

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Movie Info

After directing the first two movies in the Harry Potter franchise, Chris Columbus opted to serve as producer for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and passed the baton to Y Tu Mamá También director Alfonso Cuarón. Though "immensely popular" is an understatement when it comes to Harry Potter, Azkaban is somewhat of a departure from its predecessors, and particularly beloved among fans for its surprise ending. Prisoner of Azkaban also marks the introduction of Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), … More

Rating:
PG (for frightening moments, creature violence and mild language)
Genre:
Science Fiction & Fantasy , Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By:
Steve Kloves
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Nov 22, 2004
Box Office:
$249.4M
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

All Critics (244) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (221) | Rotten (23) | DVD (46)

The right word for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is wondersful -- as in full of wonders, great and small.

Full Review… | August 3, 2013
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

For the first time, the non-converted may actually see what all the fuss is about.

Full Review… | August 3, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

Just like the books that the films are based on, this franchise gets better with each installment.

Full Review… | August 3, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Like the first two movies, this is loaded with computer-generated imagery, but for the first time there's a sense of dramatic proportion balancing the spectacle and the story line.

Full Review… | September 8, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Compared to its predecessors, this is a more wintry, thoughtful and rewarding movie.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This is a luminous movie -- luminous, imaginative and affecting. For Harry Potter, at least, the third time is the charm.

Full Review… | July 21, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

It's arguably the most fun Harry Potter film to watch: inventive, quick-moving, playful, beautiful.

Full Review… | September 28, 2013
Antagony & Ecstasy

What makes Prisoner of Azkaban so successful is that, like the earlier films in the franchise, it actually adapts the book from which it takes its name.

Full Review… | August 3, 2013
Willamette Week

Prisoner of Azkaban lacks the depth that those of us old enough to drive may have enjoyed in the earlier Potter installments.

Full Review… | August 3, 2013
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Cuaron delivers a genuinely spooky and emotionally involving adventure which gives the world of Potter much-needed character and atmosphere.

Full Review… | August 3, 2013
Screen International

Alfonso Cuarón brings a darker, edgier, scarier feel to this installment.

Full Review… | August 3, 2013
Radio Times

Given arguably the best book of the series to work from, new director Alfonso Cuarón has turned out the best film to date, too.

Full Review… | August 3, 2013
Total Film

This is easily the best Harry Potter film yet, though a few qualifiers need to be added to that endorsement.

Full Review… | August 3, 2013
People Magazine

The best of the franchise so far...

Full Review… | June 15, 2013
Cinema Crazed

Fantastic, but kids are older, themes are darker.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Cuarón filigrees his film with brilliantly outsized projections of Harry's fears and underlying realities. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | November 6, 2010
Groucho Reviews

Potter's third year is his most inventive yet.

Full Review… | November 4, 2010
IGN DVD

Ultimately the success of the film lies in the characters, and the emotions that they trigger in us.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Regardless of its cinematic shortcomings, the Harry Potter film series still has a ton of life in it.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

Rather than a brand new sense of adventure, there's a sense in this sequel of a rerun, a tendency that even Harry's extreme magic can't seem to overcome.

Full Review… | May 30, 2007
Long Island Press

A menagerie of menacing and morphing computer-generated special effects make the movie worthwhile.

Full Review… | May 2, 2007
Princeton Town Topics

Cuarón has produced the most terrifying and darkly humorous movie adaptation of Rowling's stories to date, giving it a visual flair sorely missing in the previous installments.

September 25, 2006
Christianity Today

Audience Reviews for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The best one in my opinion.

Raajay
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Adds depth to the story-line but can't help but feel as if it diverges from the story a bit. Although the least impacting of the Potter films, its the best acting the three have done to date. Fun filled, faster paced then the other two, a brilliant movie over all

Nikhil N.
Nikhil Nandu

Super Reviewer

½

Brilliant sense of style, depth and breadth, and the successive transition of Harry Potter to the wrings of teenage angst makes this movie one of the best, if not the best of the series through wizardlike pacing that was lacking from its predecessors.

Adriel Lim
Adriel Lim

Super Reviewer

½

A great change in direction for the look of the series and culminating in a fantastic ending. Full review later.

TomBowler
Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Quotes


Remus Lupin: Everybody, Riddkulus! [class] Riddikulus! Draco Malfoy: This class is ridiculous!
– Submitted by Baurushan J (20 months ago)
Harry Potter: Excuse me sir, where's Professor Lupin?
– Submitted by Baurushan J (20 months ago)
Draco Malfoy: Is it true that you fainted? Ron Weasley: Shut up Malfoy.
– Submitted by Baurushan J (20 months ago)
Ron Weasley: We thought you were having a fit or something.
– Submitted by Baurushan J (20 months ago)
Harry Potter: Who's he? Stan Updike: Who is he? WHO IS HE? He's a murderer! Harry Potter: How did he escape? Stan Updike: That's the question. How did he escape?
– Submitted by Baurushan J (20 months ago)
Professor Trelawney: You may be young in years, but the heart that beats beneath your bosom is as shriveled as an old maid's! Your soul as dry as the pages of the books to which you so desperately cleave. Hermione Granger: [Storms out] Professor Trelawney: Have I said something?
– Submitted by Sean G (22 months ago)

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