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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Reviews

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James Keith La Croix
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 3, 2013
Prisoner of Azkaban lacks the depth that those of us old enough to drive may have enjoyed in the earlier Potter installments.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 4, 2004
While voluptuously bringing to luscious life the kid-lit world of witchcraft, wizardry and bizarre creatures, has script and plotting as bland as the Hardy Boys.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
June 10, 2004
Even though Azkaban in many ways is a far more accomplished film than its predecessors, it comes dangerously close to shutting out the nonreader.
| Original Score: C+
Todd Gilchrist
June 4, 2004
A spell whose effect - though effectively and expertly cast - will not likely last much longer than the time it takes to watch it.
Christopher Null
June 2, 2004
nothing much happens to enhance any of the characters aside from the tenuous hand-holding of Ron and Hermione - and Azkaban generates very little energy along the way
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
June 3, 2004
It is perfect evidence for the obvious truth Potter fans must face. The only great Harry Potter movies will be those we create in our minds as readers.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Erik Childress
June 3, 2004
At some point you have to start asking with all the mystical potions and gifts of foresight, how do these wizards keep fingering the wrong people for these crimes?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
June 8, 2004
Cuarón's involvement should have made this the best of the series, but "'Prisoner'" once again falls prey to author Rowling's tendency towards a lack of sophistication.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeremiah Lewis
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Two and a half hours of neck-cramping semi-entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jackie K. Cooper
June 3, 2004
Audiences won't be wild about this "Harry" with its dark, humorless approach
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
David Keyes
June 12, 2004
The Prisoner of Azkaban is basically a routine vehicle that plods its way through details without giving much incentive to feel engaged by the specifics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Brian Lowry
May 27, 2004
Much like a child going through puberty, the maturation of the Harry Potter franchise has yielded awkward growing pains for the third film in the series.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
June 18, 2004
Though Harry's now a teenager, Daniel Radcliffe hasn't grown an inch as an actor. No charmer, Radcliffe is barely the British version of Macaulay Culkin.
Annette Dasey
May 27, 2004
A dark and sombre film that is spookier but less amusing than the first two.
Edward Havens
June 4, 2004
This chapter leaves me little enthused for the future.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
June 16, 2004
[It] has moments that come alive, but is confined by an attitude that fantasy needn't pertain to anything beyond itself.
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Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
June 1, 2004
It isn't worth sitting through almost two-and-a-half hours of a movie without enough for anyone other than a certified Potter fan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
June 3, 2004
...there is very little about this bloated package that delivered anything of great impact, particularly its story-line...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Top Critic
Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 3, 2004
The silliest, as well as the most contrived -- and confusing -- of them all.
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