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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Reviews

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September 4, 2005
Columbus' rendition of the first Harry Potter is a slavish adapation of the book, lacking imagination or vision, though not as bad as to be insufferable to watch
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 5, 2005
The special effects aren't overwhelming and the ideas aren't too far-fetched, but the story will reel in just about anybody.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 6, 2004
Unfortunately, many fine performances are nearly wasted by Columbus's predictable direction and an overbearing, relentless soundtrack.
Read More | Original Score: B-
December 6, 2004
Even though this movie impresses and delights on it's own, it is more exciting to view it as a teaser for the films to come
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
October 30, 2004
Even without a whit of singing, it is the 'Wizard of Oz' of our time. (Published 12-22-01)
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: A
June 22, 2004
A sense of loss accompanied my appreciation of the movie. The images created by my own imagination...will now be changed forever.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 24, 2004
There's nothing more appropriate, more scary, more mysterious, more thought-provoking, more chilling, more exciting, more dynamic and more fun for the whole family than this.
January 15, 2004
Though generally overrated, it's a good start to what will undoubtedly become an epic film franchise.
| Original Score: 7/10
April 20, 2003
A Xerox copy of the book, and a copy is never as good as the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 8, 2003
Full of well-designed atmospheric charm, full of wondrous, expensive effects and mediocre-at-best acting, full of media hype and holiday-season merchandising opportunities.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 27, 2002
The two biggest elements that keep the film from attaining a "classic" level of moviemaking have to do with its lack of sustained momentum and wit.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 30, 2002
Surefire crowd-pleaser, with a terrific, note-perfect cast and impressive use of special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 21, 2002
The story is not only faithfully but wonderfully translated to film.
October 15, 2002
Faithful to book, film conjures up magical moments for fans to savor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 14, 2002
Like the Ewok TV movies of the mid 80s, Harry Potter meaninglessly shoestrings a new fantastical event with every scene.
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September 10, 2002
A superior, well crafted blockbuster for the whole family, but it's nowhere near as extraordinary as the hype surrounding it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 23, 2002
Sorcerer's Stone is that rare effort that successfully breathes cinematic life into a children's classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 17, 2002
Harry Potter manages to avoid sloppy sentimentality, but weaves the perfect balance, allowing us to not only enjoy this fabulous fantasy on a visual level, but also on a satisfying emotional one.
August 12, 2002
For the non-fan, Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone serves up a memorable diversion, but it's hard to ignore the potholes.
August 9, 2002
It offers more delights than disappointments -- and that qualifies as one of the year's great reliefs.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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