Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 22, 2004
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Under the assured direction of Alfonso Cuaron, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban triumphantly strikes a delicate balance between technical wizardry and complex storytelling.

Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

Cuarón brought to the Potter franchise a quality curiously missing from the two previous films: magic.

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Bruce Diones
New Yorker

Just like the books that the films are based on, this franchise gets better with each installment.

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Mark Kermode
New Statesman

OK, so the narrative may be a tad shaky, but what lends Azkaban its edge is the unabashedly creepy tone that Cuaron conjures.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

The right word for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is wondersful -- as in full of wonders, great and small.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union

Turning 13 suits our intrepid Hogwarts students just fine in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

For the first time, the non-converted may actually see what all the fuss is about.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

Compared to its predecessors, this is a more wintry, thoughtful and rewarding movie.

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Christopher Borrelli
Toledo Blade

It's the most moving and inventive live action children's film in years (and therefore, just as magical for adults, if not more).

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Cuarón proves to be a more appropriate choice for this adaptation than Columbus, since this story is more somber than the previous ones and requires a director… More
Nikhil Nandu
Adds depth to the story-line but can't help but feel as if it diverges from the story a bit. Although the least impacting of the Potter films, its the best… More
Daniel Mumby
One of the most perplexing and irritating aspects of Hollywood is the way it continues to churn out samey, mediocre fare based purely on the financial success… More
Adriel Lim
Brilliant sense of style, depth and breadth, and the successive transition of Harry Potter to the wrings of teenage angst makes this movie one of the best, if… More
Wildaly M
The best one in my opinion.
Thomas Bowler
A great change in direction for the look of the series and culminating in a fantastic ending. Full review later.