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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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Score distribution:
  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 194
  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. Jun 24, 2013
    10
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is outstanding and magical, it has everything that a family movie should have, the acting, story andHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is outstanding and magical, it has everything that a family movie should have, the acting, story and visuals are excellent, it is original and one of the best. Expand
  3. Jan 20, 2016
    9
    There's two different names for this movie.There's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and there's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.There's two different names for this movie.There's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and there's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Even with the names being different, this movie is, without a doubt, the best start of the Harry Potter franchise. Expand
  4. Jul 4, 2013
    8
    Wonderful music, passionate, beautiful visuals, and true to the book, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is a delight, but still suffersWonderful music, passionate, beautiful visuals, and true to the book, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is a delight, but still suffers from the fact that it may not surprise to the book fans. Expand
  5. Nov 22, 2010
    7
    The first installment of a great intriguing series from J.K. Rowling, becomes to be a dark and addictive fantasy film that makes you likeThe first installment of a great intriguing series from J.K. Rowling, becomes to be a dark and addictive fantasy film that makes you like Harry Potter. He finds out he is a wizard, and asks to stray from his evil step-parents to attend the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. More secrets about his close evil relationship with Lord Voldemort unveil and he cannot wait to meet him. The film in general was well directed, but the film lacks a sense of greatness. Despite it's PG rating, it has several instances of dark sequences of action that might frighten small children. The film's maturity should appeal to anyone who has read the book, but the instensity of the film could be more intense, but with a young cast and a PG rating, the direction and tone of the film is mild. Expand
  6. Nov 28, 2013
    7
    this is an good adaptation of the j.k. rowlling book wich defines a good start point for this franchise,it is not a so perfectthis is an good adaptation of the j.k. rowlling book wich defines a good start point for this franchise,it is not a so perfect movie.Unfortunately daniel redcliffe isn't a so good actor to make this rule. 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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