Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

The best-selling novel by J.K. Rowling (titled Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in England, as was this film adaptation) becomes this hotly anticipated fantasy adventure from Chris Columbus, the winner of a high-stakes search… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 28, 2002
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Being so faithful to the book is both the movie's strength and weakness. The movie unfolds exactly as written in the book, so there is little room for surprises or discoveries. For Potter fans, what more can you ask for?

Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is, despite its trickery, that plainest and least surprising of artifacts: the work of art that is exactly the sum of its parts, neither more nor less.

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Time Out

What a feast for children! Long, and engrossing. Kids will love it! Wizard!

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Mark Steyn
The Spectator

Chris Columbus has created an extraordinarily detailed look that's both fantastic and yet has its own reality - exactly like an English public school, come to think of it, especially in your first term .

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Todd McCarthy

A near-perfect commercial and cultural commodity.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

It offers more delights than disappointments -- and that qualifies as one of the year's great reliefs.

Total Film

Harry Potter's adventures in wizard-land are cozy and comfortable in Chris Columbus' faithful adaptation.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

I hear the J.K. Rowling books are great, and on the basis of this 2001 movie I'm ready to believe it.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

The filmmakers want to show us a magical world that is, at the same time, wholly believable. They want to create matter-of-fact miracles, but what they end up with is mostly just plain matter-of-fact.

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Andrew Collins
Radio Times

This faithful rendition of the inaugural Potter book demonstrates that the franchise is in safe, sensible hands.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Mumby
When a film series has achieved international recognition and enjoyed enormous commercial success, it becomes very easy to believe that its eventual standard… More
Josh Lewis
I'm taking a look back at the Harry Potter series with as unbiased of eyes as I possibly can being a massive fan of the books and films. Sorcerer's… More
Thomas Bowler
Though it may be a little overtly child-oriented for adult audiences, this is still a beautifully designed world full of wonder and a great start to a series.… More
Eugene Bernabe
Chris Columbus makes a magical bound from this first installment. 'Sorcerer's Stone' will leave its fans satisfied from the accurate direction as… More
Chris Weber
Ah, the first film adaptation of the beloved Harry Potter series. Harry Potter is an 11-year-old boy who comes to find out that he is a wizard. He lives with… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
It is flawed for sure, but the loyalty to the text, Williams' magical score, and the beautiful message of friendship and a mother's love make it an… More