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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Reviews

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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.
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Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Ultimately the success of the film lies in the characters, and the emotions that they trigger in us.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Regardless of its cinematic shortcomings, the Harry Potter film series still has a ton of life in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
May 30, 2007
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.
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Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
May 2, 2007
A menagerie of menacing and morphing computer-generated special effects make the movie worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
September 25, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 26, 2006
[Director] Cuarón's imagery delights again and again
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Compared to its predecessors, this is a more wintry, thoughtful and rewarding movie.
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
What we're treated to is less a story than a series of vignettes.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeremiah Lewis
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Two and a half hours of neck-cramping semi-entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 17, 2005
The childlike whimsy of the previous Potters is dead, replaced by an encroaching loss of innocence and a foreboding sense of darkness. A new punch of life for the series.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Gregory Weinkauf
November 3, 2005
Consistently glorious to the eye.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
This is a luminous movie -- luminous, imaginative and affecting. For Harry Potter, at least, the third time is the charm.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
David Medsker
July 5, 2005
Growing up is hard enough for us Muggles; it certainly can't be any easier for wizards and witches. This is the first Potter movie that examines this.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
June 26, 2005
Despite generic constraints and audience expectations, Cuaron has succeeded in making a personal film
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Visually marvelous.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
March 14, 2005
One of the best films so far this year and a big step up from two previous solid efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
March 6, 2005
Cuaron has imbued a touch of the night into Harry and rendered the series a good deal more intriguing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 5, 2005
The ordinariness of the magical world is a theme that runs throughout the film. Where Columbus went to great lengths to highlight every fantastical thing about this universe, Cuaron treats it matter-of-factly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
Entertaining, but it drains any kind of suspense from Harry's adventures by giving the magicians every variety of spell that they need just when they need it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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