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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Reviews

November 13, 2015
Harry Potter's first venture onto the screen is a solid blockbuster.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
March 5, 2008
A near-perfect commercial and cultural commodity.
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.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
What a feast for children! Long, and engrossing. Kids will love it! Wizard!
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+
January 22, 2002
The filmmakers want to show us a magical world that is, at the same time, wholly believable. They want to create matter-of-fact miracles, but what they end up with is mostly just plain matter-of-fact.
November 27, 2001
[A] complete triumph...
November 24, 2001
You can't expect perfection from muggles.
November 18, 2001
Professional entertainment with just enough human moments to squeak by.
November 16, 2001
I doubt that most Harry Potter fans will mind a film that attends to their wishes so splendidly.
November 16, 2001
Though the film will undoubtedly please the young viewers who flock to it, ultimately many of the book's readers may wish for a more magical incarnation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2001
As a movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone has no inner life -- no pulse -- of its own: It's secondhand.
November 16, 2001
The magic mostly works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2001
Remarkably faithful, consistently entertaining if overlong adapatation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2001
As it is, Harry's gotten a ride. But at a much lower altitude than his fans might have wished.
November 16, 2001
Despite the movie's pedestrian direction, our cranky old critic finds he can't deny kids the right to be enthralled.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2001
The movie needs to be stronger dramatically, with a much more appealing central performance, to be the great family-oriented screen fantasy so many wanted.
November 16, 2001
During Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, I was pretty sure I was watching a classic, one that will be around for a long time, and make many generations of fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 16, 2001
For every flight, the film serves up equal amounts of flattened-out shortfall.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 16, 2001
The picture isn't inept, just inert.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 16, 2001
Retains (and in many cases, boosts) as much of the spirit [of the book] as you could reasonably expect.
November 16, 2001
The movie version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is, as the Brits might put it, quite good.
November 16, 2001
The new, much-anticipated movie is a faithful, literal, only mildly imaginative rendering of that book. While no disgrace, it is certainly no classic.
November 16, 2001
Lovers of the book will find most of their favorite moments beautifully realized, perhaps even bigger and more wondrous than they imagined them.
November 16, 2001
Potterrific!
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
November 16, 2001
Visually stunning Harry Potter stays true to the book but falls short of classic status.
November 15, 2001
Columbus and screenwriter Steve Kloves are so careful to avoid offending anyone by excising a passage from the book, the so-called narrative is more like a jamboree inside Rowling's head.
November 15, 2001
The sheer magic of the movie's spirit saves the day.
November 15, 2001
At its best, the film's visual dazzle equals the tasty wordplay of the novel. But it is overlong, overscored, and curiously misshapen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2001
The values and lessons from the novels have translated to the film, as well as the magic.
November 15, 2001
This film is capable of a certain brand of magic: it may turn the faithful into Muggles.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 15, 2001
An imaginative and remarkably faithful adaptation.
November 15, 2001
Hiring nonhack screenwriter Steve Kloves (Wonder Boys) pays dividends.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 15, 2001
It's pleasant, and not nearly as hollow as, say, The Phantom Menace, but it's never truly captivating.
November 15, 2001
The effects are special, but too often they're the only thing that is. They seem to drive the story, instead of the other way around.
November 15, 2001
Many charms, but few surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 15, 2001
Even a Muggle director can't spoil the book's magic.
Read More | Original Score: B+
November 14, 2001
Two and a half hours of pure, uninterrupted enchantment.
November 13, 2001
Solid but uninspired, Harry lacks brio.
November 13, 2001
Gets most of the book's events in, but loses much of the lightness and charm of Rowling's vision.
November 13, 2001
Just as the Harry Potter books have reached a wide audience, so too does the movie appeal to audience members of all ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 12, 2001
The young actors in the major roles all but pop out of Rowling's pages.
November 3, 2001
If the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone were released in a parallel universe in which J.K. Rowling's book didn't exist, its richly envisioned world and inventive, engaging story could be appreciated in their own rights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4