Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Reviews

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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.
June 4, 2004
Artful, fast-moving and engrossing.
June 4, 2004
Easily the most clever, emotionally affecting and involving of the adaptations so far.
June 4, 2004
Cuaron has done what few sequel caretakers ever manage, refreshing the characters and stories for a long potential run.
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.
June 4, 2004
Prisoner may not be perfect, but when it's good, it's very good indeed.
June 4, 2004
A tremendous achievement in production design.
June 4, 2004
In a series that's episodic by definition, too many of these episodes lack any climax or payoff.
June 3, 2004
The film's disarming blend of freshness and darkness should please the Potter faithful and win new followers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 3, 2004
Harry Potter and the Wizard of Azkaban is precisely the kind of invention the franchise needed.
Top Critic
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.
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