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  • Summary: An adaptation of the first of J.K. Rowling's immensely popular novels about Harry Potter, a boy whose life is tranformed on his eleventh birthday when he learns that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own.

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  1. Positive: 23 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. 100
    A red-blooded adventure movie, dripping with atmosphere, filled with the gruesome and the sublime, and surprisingly faithful to the novel.
  2. If the movie doesn't ultimately transport us to places The Wizard of Oz once took us, that may be partly because "The Sorcerer's Stone" is just the first chapter, with more magic waiting to be parceled out in the coming years.
  3. That sense of déjà vu is at once this Harry Potter's balm and its limitation: many charms, but few surprises.
  4. 70
    Yes, this "Harry" does indeed fly -- just don't expect the movie to soar into the higher altitudes of imagination.
  5. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    A firm, ringing yes and no on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The best thing about it may be that it will lead many back to read -- or re-read -- the book.
  6. 60
    This version of the Potter saga is fun and harmless rather than memorable or imaginative. That's certainly no crime.
  7. 40
    Given that movies can now show us everything, the manifestations that Ms. Rowling described could be less magical only if they were delivered at a news conference.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 189
  1. EstebanF.
    Feb 27, 2006
    10
    This is the most-"loyal"-to-the-book Harry Potter movie, and it's from one of the best books. Logically, results in a wonderfull, This is the most-"loyal"-to-the-book Harry Potter movie, and it's from one of the best books. Logically, results in a wonderfull, amazing movie. Even if the effects aren't so good compared with the later films, the plot line is incredible. I have to repeat it, the "loyalty" to the book was amazing, that made this film awesome. I watched it 7 times in video and 2 times in the cinema. Yes, you heard well. I repeated a movie in the cinema, without beeing a super-fan. I loved it. Expand
  2. Apr 20, 2013
    10
    I first saw this movie when i was 4, i'm now 14 and I still love it. The film is outstanding, the acting excellent, the special effects mindI first saw this movie when i was 4, i'm now 14 and I still love it. The film is outstanding, the acting excellent, the special effects mind blowing and the characters brilliant. Expand
  3. Apr 6, 2015
    9
    harry potter and the sorcerer's stone is a really good way to start the harry potter movies. I want to see were the charters go I the other 7 movies..
  4. Jan 22, 2013
    8
    Very good adaptation of the book. All Harry Potter movies are good and recommended.
  5. Jan 22, 2016
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone had high expectations from the beginning – expectations from viewers who already loved the books and its intricate details. Such a viewer would be bound to notice the discrepancies and shortcomings which may affect overall enjoyment. But for a viewer simply watching The Sorcerer's Stone for the story and the entertainment may be in for a real treat.

    The movie's strength is truly the story. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are a lovable trio that carries this enchanted world of wizardry to us Muggles in a way that we can only dream of being there. Hogwarts' enchantment is so spectacular that one may even forgive the movie for its, at times, incoherent and overly emotional plot. I will always love Harry Potter, but its best form is with every small detail showing through.

    The soundtrack of this movie, however, was rather spectacular. Paired with graphics and scenery that shows wonders beyond our wildest dreams, this is where The Sorcerer's Stone wins. Marvelous details.
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  6. Feb 10, 2013
    7
    At times it does feel to family orientated and isn't as dark as you'd like, but the first in the 'Harry Potter' franchise is a fun mysteryAt times it does feel to family orientated and isn't as dark as you'd like, but the first in the 'Harry Potter' franchise is a fun mystery adventure that introduces us to the world of Hogwarts, while being a wonderfully magical adaptation of the classic J.K Rowling novels. Expand
  7. Jun 20, 2012
    0
    Harry Potter the movie was great! Yes the book was better, but isn't that always the way when there is a novel to film adaptation? There wasHarry Potter the movie was great! Yes the book was better, but isn't that always the way when there is a novel to film adaptation? There was magic, friendships and basically evil magicians going around wanting to win the world and kill specific people. Great movie and fun for the kids and a good family viewing movie. Expand

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