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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
After directing the first two movies in the Harry Potter franchise, Chris Columbus opted to serve as producer for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and passed the baton to Y Tu Mamá También director Alfonso Cuarón. Though "immensely popular" is an understatement when it comes to Harry Potter, Azkaban is somewhat of a departure from its predecessors, and particularly beloved among fans for its surprise ending. Prisoner of Azkaban also marks the introduction of Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), who has escaped from the title prison after 12 years of incarceration. Believed to have… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The right word for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is wondersful -- as in full of wonders, great and small."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Like the first two movies, this is loaded with computer-generated imagery, but for the first time there's a sense of dramatic proportion balancing the spectacle and the story line."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"It's arguably the most fun Harry Potter film to watch: inventive, quick-moving, playful, beautiful."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Cuaron delivers a genuinely spooky and emotionally involving adventure which gives the world of Potter much-needed character and atmosphere."
‑ Mike Goodridge, Screen International
"This is easily the best Harry Potter film yet, though a few qualifiers need to be added to that endorsement."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"For the first time, the non-converted may actually see what all the fuss is about."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Compared to its predecessors, this is a more wintry, thoughtful and rewarding movie."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"What makes Prisoner of Azkaban so successful is that, like the earlier films in the franchise, it actually adapts the book from which it takes its name."
‑ David Walker, Willamette Week
"Alfonso Cuarón brings a darker, edgier, scarier feel to this installment."
‑ David Aldridge, Radio Times
"The best of the franchise so far..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Just like the books that the films are based on, this franchise gets better with each installment."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"This is a luminous movie -- luminous, imaginative and affecting. For Harry Potter, at least, the third time is the charm."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Prisoner of Azkaban lacks the depth that those of us old enough to drive may have enjoyed in the earlier Potter installments."
‑ James Keith La Croix, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Given arguably the best book of the series to work from, new director Alfonso Cuarón has turned out the best film to date, too."
‑ , Total Film
"Fantastic, but kids are older, themes are darker."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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