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  • Summary: In this third installment of the series, the infamous Sirius Black has escaped from the dreaded fortress of Azkaban and is headed straight to Harry Potter.

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  1. Positive: 36 out of 40
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  1. A different kind of Harry Potter movie, a better kind... It's where this fantasy series has wanted to go all along.
  2. Potter 3 is, in its heart of hearts, a teenage angst movie...Cuaron has done a masterful job of bringing off this shift in the Potter paradigm without disrupting any disruption in the established style of the series and without any pandering concessions to the teen-movie genre.
  3. 88
    Not only is this dazzler by far the best and most thrilling of the three Harry Potter movies to date, it's a film that can stand on its own even if you never heard of author J.K. Rowling and her young wizard hero.
  4. This film may disappoint some dogmatic Old Hogwartsians: a few plot points have been sacrificed, and Mr. Cuarón does not seem to care much for Quidditch. But it more than compensates for these lapses with its emotional force and visual panache.
  5. Reviewed by: Sean Smith
    80
    The result is a film that's really moving--and really moves.
  6. In the end, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban offers what neither of its predecessors, for all their wand-waving and witch-brooms, had: real magic.
  7. 40
    Put delicately, this is one long sit, made all the more so by a turgid story, a dour visual palette and uninspiring action.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 73 out of 374
  1. Nov 20, 2010
    10
    this one is the best in the series. i have watched all of them even the nr.7 and i liked this best out of all of them. it felt so alive andthis one is the best in the series. i have watched all of them even the nr.7 and i liked this best out of all of them. it felt so alive and magic with those things and all that happened the same year at the school. you gotta se it. my list from top to bottom is first Nr.1 Harry Potter 3
    Nr.2 Harry Potter 4
    Nr.3 Harry Potter 1
    Nr.4 Harry Potter 7 Part 1
    Nr.5 Harry Potter 6
    Nr.6 Harry Potter 2
    Nr.7 Harry Potter 5

    But still if i have a list all of them are good though. all of the harry potter movies can i see again
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  2. Mar 15, 2014
    10
    Might be the best of the series. It's certainly the most impressive visually, as Hogwarts, which sometimes felt as thrilling as a funeral homeMight be the best of the series. It's certainly the most impressive visually, as Hogwarts, which sometimes felt as thrilling as a funeral home during Columbus' films, comes vividly alive in the third film. Sirius Black is such an intoxicating and great character, he really ties the movie together greatly. This was arguably Rowling's peak in the series. Expand
  3. Aug 16, 2010
    10
    Might be the best of the series. It's certainly the most impressive visually, as Hogwarts, which sometimes felt as thrilling as a funeral homeMight be the best of the series. It's certainly the most impressive visually, as Hogwarts, which sometimes felt as thrilling as a funeral home during Columbus' films, comes vividly alive in the third film. Sirius Black is such an intoxicating and great character, he really ties the movie together greatly. This was arguably Rowling's peak in the series. Expand
  4. Tapanga
    Jun 26, 2007
    9
    I did not like the cliffhanger at the very end otherwise I would've given Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban a 10.
  5. Nov 28, 2013
    8
    this is absolutely the best film of all harry potter saga,alfonso cuaron os definetely better than chris columbus,it had all the magic plus anthis is absolutely the best film of all harry potter saga,alfonso cuaron os definetely better than chris columbus,it had all the magic plus an incredebly cuaron style. Expand
  6. Jul 5, 2011
    8
    Harry Potter learns that someone is after him and that person is known as Sirius Black. As he and his friends start their third year atHarry Potter learns that someone is after him and that person is known as Sirius Black. As he and his friends start their third year at hogswarts, they encounter new dangers that lie just ahead of them as they try to prove whether Sirius is innocent of not killing his parents or not. This was the only Potter movie that I've missed in theaters. That was pretty sad. Now to my opinion. Like the first two movies, there's nothing negative to say about this one. The actors were very entertaining (again) and I can say nothing more about Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, or anyone else. The only actor that I have to say to is Michael Gambon for his wonderful performance as Professor Dumbledore. The CGI was cool (again) and even the action was cool (again). The storytelling was amazing and the storyline was well-paced. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a magnificent third entry of the Potter franchise with a lot of depth to the third book of the series. 8/10 Expand
  7. RitaS.
    Sep 22, 2007
    0
    Seriously, it needs to be redone. Professional reviewers, most of whom have no idea what the book is about, give it a good review because of Seriously, it needs to be redone. Professional reviewers, most of whom have no idea what the book is about, give it a good review because of what? The special effects? The "dark"ness? Did they read the book? Did the !@^%$#!&! director even read the book!?!?! Or did someone just give him a 2 minute summary of it and he made the movie out of what he could remember from it? How did JKR agree to this? Did she even? I can only imagine her feelings of horror as she watched her book getting murdered. It seems these questions will go unanswered. Feels like scenes were mixed up and a lot of stuff has been horribly changed and a lot has been left out. Good thing the director didn't stick around for the fourth part. Good riddance. Expand

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