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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 185
  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. Mar 13, 2015
    9
    This is the best of the Harry Potter films, in my opinion. It truly captures the magic of the series. Even to thid day I can still watch movieThis is the best of the Harry Potter films, in my opinion. It truly captures the magic of the series. Even to thid day I can still watch movie and feel the same way I did when I first watched it. Expand
  4. Dec 25, 2012
    8
    While this is only the first installment in the series and remarkably Disney-like, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It's in no way aWhile this is only the first installment in the series and remarkably Disney-like, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It's in no way a groundbreaking movie, but it has no major drawbacks either. Good character build-up combined with a nicely produced movie makes this an easy recommendation. Expand
  5. Jul 7, 2015
    7
    Muitos erros graves em algumas cenas, mas ainda sim apresenta algo aventureiro e extremamente mágico, algo surpreendente predomina em HarryMuitos erros graves em algumas cenas, mas ainda sim apresenta algo aventureiro e extremamente mágico, algo surpreendente predomina em Harry Potter, isso é incrível! Expand
  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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