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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Reviews

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November 22, 2015
The film omits many of the little character details that made the book so whimsically appealing, and that made the conclusion to its mystery so compelling.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
November 13, 2015
Harry Potter's first venture onto the screen is a solid blockbuster.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Steyn
The Spectator
June 16, 2015
Chris Columbus has created an extraordinarily detailed look that's both fantastic and yet has its own reality - exactly like an English public school, come to think of it, especially in your first term .
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 27, 2013
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is, despite its trickery, that plainest and least surprising of artifacts: the work of art that is exactly the sum of its parts, neither more nor less.

Total Film
November 27, 2013
Harry Potter's adventures in wizard-land are cozy and comfortable in Chris Columbus' faithful adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Collins
Radio Times
November 27, 2013
This faithful rendition of the inaugural Potter book demonstrates that the franchise is in safe, sensible hands.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 15, 2013
A surprisingly excellent exciting fantasy flick...
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 27, 2013
Slow, but it establishes the myth, the cast and the look. And it's holding up surprisingly well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

June 27, 2011
Although it suffers nominally from being over-stuffed and under-paced, it's grand and involving, with magnificent production design and special effects, and some fabulous thesps present and correct.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
First Potter movie is a magical ride but also intense.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 5, 2008
a fantastic beginning
| Original Score: 5/5
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Todd McCarthy
March 5, 2008
A near-perfect commercial and cultural commodity.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 5, 2008
I hear the J.K. Rowling books are great, and on the basis of this 2001 movie I'm ready to believe it.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
October 25, 2007
Robbie Coltrane, Richard Harris, Zoe Wanamaker and Maggie Smith, to name but a few, all put in an appearance and it is these old hands who are the best aspect of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
July 24, 2007
Suffering from too much fantasy over too little reality, Sorcerer's Stone sets Harry Potter up for a longer and fruitful career as a screen legend.
| Original Score: 3/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Because the film is so glossy, so flippant in its presentation of the world that author J.K. Rowling has spent her sizable novels dissecting, that I still don't have a good idea what all the fuss is about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Bradshaw
July 8, 2007
The quickest, zappiest two and a half hours of entertainment you'll ever see.
Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Even though a few of the book's scenes have been cut, fans probably couldn't hope for a better adaptation. It bodes well for the rest of the series, when strong stories start taking precedence over set-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
What a feast for children! Long, and engrossing. Kids will love it! Wizard!
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 17, 2005
A spectacular franchise takes flight.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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