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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Reviews

November 16, 2014
Cuarón brought to the Potter franchise a quality curiously missing from the two previous films: magic.
August 3, 2013
The right word for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is wondersful -- as in full of wonders, great and small.
August 3, 2013
For the first time, the non-converted may actually see what all the fuss is about.
August 3, 2013
Just like the books that the films are based on, this franchise gets better with each installment.
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.
June 24, 2006
Compared to its predecessors, this is a more wintry, thoughtful and rewarding movie.
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-
August 7, 2004
The most powerfully entrancing children's film in years.
June 7, 2004
[E]ven if you're never read a word of the Potter books and you haven't seen the first two films, Azkaban stands alone as a creative triumph.
June 5, 2004
The first true Harry Potter movie -- the first to capture not only the books' sense of longing, but their understanding of the way magic underlies the mundane, instead of just prancing fancifully at a far remove from it.
June 5, 2004
Harry Potter is 13 now, an awkward age for anyone -- even a boy wizard armed with magical powers. But Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third film in the series, couldn't be more self-assured.
June 4, 2004
The third installment in the Harry Potter series, is everything the first two films were not: complex, frightening, nuanced.
June 4, 2004
This is one long sit, made all the more so by a turgid story, a dour visual palette and uninspiring action.
June 4, 2004
Thanks to director Alfonso Cuaron, a dazzling storyteller with a keen eye for whimsical detail, the third film in the Potter franchise is a visual delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 4, 2004
While I confess to being almost utterly lost within the narrative within about 20 minutes, I couldn't take my eyes off the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 4, 2004
A marvelous adventure.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
June 4, 2004
A different kind of Harry Potter movie, a better kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 4, 2004
It's hard to imagine that any Harry Potter movie will ever top the enchanted achievement of Prisoner of Azkaban.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 4, 2004
The other films had magic brooms, but this is the first picture that flies.
June 4, 2004
As good a movie as anyone will ever make out of J.K. Rowling's revered novels about the boy wizard.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 4, 2004
Artful, fast-moving and engrossing.
Read More | Original Score: B+
June 4, 2004
Easily the most clever, emotionally affecting and involving of the adaptations so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 4, 2004
Cuaron has done what few sequel caretakers ever manage, refreshing the characters and stories for a long potential run.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 4, 2004
An utter delight.
June 4, 2004
It's far less self-conscious about how to please an audience and isn't as slavishly interactive with its source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 4, 2004
A tremendous achievement in production design.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 4, 2004
Prisoner may not be perfect, but when it's good, it's very good indeed.
Read More | Original Score: B
June 4, 2004
In a series that's episodic by definition, too many of these episodes lack any climax or payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 3, 2004
The film's disarming blend of freshness and darkness should please the Potter faithful and win new followers.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 3, 2004
Just about everything plays better this time.
June 3, 2004
In Cuaron's hands, the world of Harry Potter doesn't feel like a synthetic movie theme park anymore. It's almost real, Hogwarts and all.
June 3, 2004
It's much darker in mood and look than its predecessors, and it moves much faster, refusing to coddle or spoon-feed those who haven't seen the first two movies or read the books. This is both asset and detriment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 3, 2004
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban proves that a new director with a different perspective can freshen a series that could otherwise resort to stale repetition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 3, 2004
Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban offers what neither of its predecessors, for all their wand-waving and witch-brooms, had: real magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 3, 2004
Prisoner of Azkaban sustains the good vibe of Harry Potter's previous screen appearances, while also being blessed with a wand's worth of Cuaron's movie magic.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 3, 2004
Harry Potter and the Wizard of Azkaban is precisely the kind of invention the franchise needed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 3, 2004
The silliest, as well as the most contrived -- and confusing -- of them all.
June 3, 2004
An entrancing experience for Potter fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 3, 2004
Younger children might be put off by the darker tone of this movie, but the franchise's new direction holds promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 3, 2004
For the final hour of the two-hour- and-21-minute Azkaban is the closest any of the films has gotten to capturing the enormously pleasing essence of the Potter books.
June 3, 2004
Until now Harry Potter has been a great book character and a functional movie hero. With Cuaron leading the way, Harry has burst from the printed page to soar on-screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 3, 2004
The world of Harry Potter remains delightful, amusing and sophisticated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 3, 2004
More magical than its cinematic predecessors.
Read More | Original Score: A-
June 2, 2004
A marvel of special effects seamlessly hitched to a powerful coming-of-age story.
June 2, 2004
The third Harry Potter movie is the first one that actually looks and feels like a movie, rather than a staged reading with special effects.
June 2, 2004
The first movie in the series with fear and wonder in its bones, and genuine fun, too.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 1, 2004
A mild upkick in pacing and texture can be credited to director Alfonso Cuarón ... who avoids Chris Columbus's mastodon-like setups and knows a bit more about whipping up atmospherics.
May 28, 2004
Not only is this dazzler by far the best and most thrilling of the three Harry Potter movies to date, it's a film that can stand on its own even if you never heard of author J.K. Rowling and her young wizard hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
May 27, 2004
A deeper, darker, visually arresting and more emotionally satisfying adaptation of the J.K. Rowling literary phenomenon.