Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Reviews

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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.
December 6, 2005
What we're treated to is less a story than a series of vignettes.
December 6, 2005
Two and a half hours of neck-cramping semi-entertainment.
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.
June 16, 2004
[It] has moments that come alive, but is confined by an attitude that fantasy needn't pertain to anything beyond itself.
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.
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.
June 8, 2004
Cuarn'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.
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.
June 4, 2004
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
This chapter leaves me little enthused for the future.
June 4, 2004
Cuaron tries to touch on a couple dozen of the subplots that so delightfully and leisurely unfold in the book, but here come off like a fast-forwarded highlight reel.
June 4, 2004
In a series that's episodic by definition, too many of these episodes lack any climax or payoff.
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.
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?
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.
Top Critic
June 3, 2004
The silliest, as well as the most contrived -- and confusing -- of them all.
June 3, 2004
Audiences won't be wild about this "Harry" with its dark, humorless approach
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