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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Reviews

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½ March 10, 2017
Better than the other two, the third installment is much more looming and maturing. This is easily the best in the series with vivid story telling.
March 5, 2017
The tone changes from lighthearted to dark, the CGI improves by a lot, and the story-line becomes more interesting. The acting and the set pieces remain of the same caliber, so it's a step ahead of the first two HP movies.
½ February 20, 2017
This was my favorite of the Harry Potter movies.
February 12, 2017
This continues the story of Harry Potter and is a better than the first two films. It has a darker tone and is more character centered. It is not as kid friendly as the other two. The acting is better as the actors continue to get older. The special effects and music are great. A lot of the new characters are great and you really root for them. A lot of good twists and turns as well. A great installment into the Harry Potter franchise.
February 3, 2017
one of my fav Potter movies great to travel and twist
January 22, 2017
Brand new tone, and camera visuals
½ January 17, 2017
The only film in the franchise that can truly be called "Magical": The Prisoner of Azkaban is beautifully filmed and emotionally compelling under the guiding hand of storyteller Alfonso Cuaron. It is simply the best of the Harry Potter films.
½ January 11, 2017
La rígida escenografía de las primeras dos es desplazada por un estilo más fresco. A los anticuados ambientes, fieles al modelo convencional de magos y brujas, se les ha dado más naturalidad y belleza. Hace uso de virtuosas tomas de largo recorrido (de imposible recorrido, cómo las harán?). 5/10
½ January 9, 2017
Completely different from the first two in tone and style. The geographical and topographical changes were jarring, but ultimately made the place of Hogwarts more realistic. Story for some reason felt less mysterious and wondrous than the book. The big reveals were just kinda shown, rather than showcased. Overall more like a series of good-looking scenes with no discernible relation and then some exciting parts and then an ending...
January 8, 2017
Really good movie, Gary Oldman does a great job.
January 1, 2017
WHAT I LIKED: What sticks out for me about 'The Prisoner of Askaban' is how the script and stylistic direction all just feels a little more sophisticated than in the previous two films. Everything is less goofy and on-the-nose, and that's partly down to improved performances and writing, but also Alfonso Couran's refreshing visual style and tone. Yes this is definitely the most stylish Harry Potter to date, but it also features some great characterisation for our leads (who's cast continue to excel in their roles), and a further exploration of the franchise themes.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: This time the plot itself is actually weaker than in the previous film, and whilst it takes itself on fewer annoying tangents, it fails to draw a suspenseful narrative overall. I found the whole story rather stagnant actually, and even if the source material is partly to blame for that, the filmmakers should realise that straight adaptation isn't always the best way.
VERDICT: The execution is vastly improved here. It's just a shame the original foundations have less merit overall.
½ December 31, 2016
Superb film. Very dark and creepy.
December 14, 2016
A step in a great direction. Brilliant story telling filled with twist and turns. A must for any fantasy fan.
½ December 10, 2016
after of previous two movies we thouht what's next? and appear this a jowel of the cinema alfonso did a great job with this third movie
½ December 6, 2016
This movie was simply awesome! A Star of a new era for Potter movies.
December 4, 2016
Arguably one of the best Harry Potter movies to date, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban manages to be not only darker than its predecessors but also more visually dazzling, funnier, and more intriguing with some stellar performances from Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Michael Gambon who makes just as good an Albus Dumbledore as his predecessor Richard Harris, Alan Rickman, David Thewlis in the role of Professor Lupin and Gary Oldman as Sirius Black.
November 28, 2016
Continuing the Potter series' welcome journey from bright and childlike to dark and spooky, the Prisoner Of Azkaban was, for me, a significant improvement on the previous instalment, The acting is better, as the principal cast mature before our very eyes, both physically and emotionally, the story is better, being more compelling and giving extra depth to the characters, and the more frequent dark scenes create a genuinely creepy and foreboding atmosphere. Malfoy continues to be an utterly pointless irritation, and his comeuppances simply don't justify his presence. All his dialogue is cribbed straight from the 'How To Be A 1 Dimensional Bully' Handbook, and cutting him from the film would save not only time but also improve the pace. It has no big flaws aside from that, and is a very solid film for all ages. Kids deserve to see it for the magic and the scares, adults deserve to see it for its depth of character and genuinely touching moments.
½ November 28, 2016
Too boring and almost uncomprehensible for all those who haven't read the book.
November 27, 2016
5 out of 5 stars! They definately hit the ball out of the park on this one. The new more sleek stylish look is great. The director and screenwriter took the most liberties with this story than any of the other films, but it seems like most of them were necessary liberties, to help the story make more sense in the film medium. This is easily in the top 3 books and films of the series.
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