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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. 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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  1. Negative: 20 out of 178
  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 14, 2013
    10
    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone brings everything a movie needs, from amazing young cast, a more mature cast, great special effectsHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone brings everything a movie needs, from amazing young cast, a more mature cast, great special effects for the year of 2001, art direction magic that surely deserved an Oscar, the script does not speak to what is really amazing how Steve Kloves was faithful to livro.E Chris Columbus for the first time (in my opinion) been in a serious movie and respected. Expand
  3. Oct 24, 2013
    9
    With well-written dialogue and stunning visual effects, as well well-executed acting performances, 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' isWith well-written dialogue and stunning visual effects, as well well-executed acting performances, 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' is truly magical. Expand
  4. Jul 20, 2011
    8
    A charming, sweet and colourful film. The acting among the young is iffy, and the effects are rather poor, but the emotion and the veryA charming, sweet and colourful film. The acting among the young is iffy, and the effects are rather poor, but the emotion and the very faithful plot quickly pull you in. The sets are one of the key delights of this film. Everything is beautifully decorated and lavishly coloured to make it absolutely awe-inspiring. Together with the rich cinematography, it really brings the magic to life. The music also adds to the magic and the wonder, and follows the emotion closely. This can make it slightly boring, as there is nothing really converse about how it flows, but it adds something really satisfying and real to the film. Expand
  5. Jan 3, 2015
    7
    Harry Potter, as the name of the movie tells, is the hero of this film, and its future followers. To a point of annoyance, at times. TheHarry Potter, as the name of the movie tells, is the hero of this film, and its future followers. To a point of annoyance, at times. The entire world seems to revolve around this young boy, and his doings, and even if he faces dangers, he and his friends always find a way out. (Mary Sue-type of characters really come to mind, here...). I am not a fan of Harry's, and not afraid to admit it. Yet the movie is beautiful, and visually great. The story is sweet, innocent in a way, and leaves a warm, fuzzy feeling: a boy who thought he had nothing but his miserable life is suddenly Somebody. The weight is a bit too much at times, since everyone seems to know more about his life than he does, but Harry has a lot of support coming to him. The movie's theme could be about finding your own place in the world, and thus, finding yourself. Harry does just that - while he accidentally stumbles upon a great matter of secrecy, revolving around the Sorcerer's Stone, that is in a way directly tied to his past. The scheming that begins to take place pretty early on in the movie is rather interesting. You can try and guess who is responsible for what - and why - but there are no guarantees that you will be right in the end. Never trust the obvious answer, the movie seems to try and say. Many of the plot turns are convenient, and not very surprising, but still there is some feel of newness to them. The world beyond the story is one of magic and astonishment, and will no doubt enchant generations to come. Expand
  6. Jan 2, 2013
    7
    The main characters acted well for children. There were some boring parts, but overall, it was enjoyable. It had a bright point of view and aThe main characters acted well for children. There were some boring parts, but overall, it was enjoyable. It had a bright point of view and a dark point of view. The background music was well conducted. Graphics were good for a movie made 12 years ago. But there were some parts that connected the seens in the book, while in the movie, there isn't some connecting scenes from one sceene to another, so people that didn't read the book and only watched the movie might be a little confused, but it was great, and I hope that they keep on developing, and make movies that get top scores. 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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