Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Reviews

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Top Critic
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
November 16, 2014
Cuarón brought to the Potter franchise a quality curiously missing from the two previous films: magic.
Mark Kermode
New Statesman
November 16, 2014
OK, so the narrative may be a tad shaky, but what lends Azkaban its edge is the unabashedly creepy tone that Cuaron conjures.
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
November 16, 2014
Turning 13 suits our intrepid Hogwarts students just fine in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Borrelli
Toledo Blade
November 16, 2014
It's the most moving and inventive live action children's film in years (and therefore, just as magical for adults, if not more).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
November 16, 2014
You could call this one Harry Potter Grows Up. At the very least, the transition from Chris Columbus to Alfonso Cuaron has helped propel J.K. Rowling's hero from childhood into the difficult teen years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 28, 2013
It's arguably the most fun Harry Potter film to watch: inventive, quick-moving, playful, beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
David Walker
Willamette Week
August 3, 2013
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.
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 3, 2013
The right word for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is wondersful -- as in full of wonders, great and small.
Mike Goodridge
Screen International
August 3, 2013
Cuaron delivers a genuinely spooky and emotionally involving adventure which gives the world of Potter much-needed character and atmosphere.
David Aldridge
Radio Times
August 3, 2013
Alfonso Cuarón brings a darker, edgier, scarier feel to this installment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Total Film
August 3, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 3, 2013
For the first time, the non-converted may actually see what all the fuss is about.
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
August 3, 2013
This is easily the best Harry Potter film yet, though a few qualifiers need to be added to that endorsement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
August 3, 2013
Just like the books that the films are based on, this franchise gets better with each installment.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 15, 2013
The best of the franchise so far...
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Fantastic, but kids are older, themes are darker.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
November 6, 2010
Cuarón filigrees his film with brilliantly outsized projections of Harry's fears and underlying realities. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
November 4, 2010
Potter's third year is his most inventive yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 8, 2010
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.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Ultimately the success of the film lies in the characters, and the emotions that they trigger in us.
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