Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
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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 for a director to bring the first in a hoped-for franchise of Potter films to the screen by Warner Bros. Upon his 11th birthday, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), who lives in misery with an aunt and uncle that don't want him, learns from a giant named Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) that he is the orphaned son of powerful wizards. Harry is offered a place at… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"What a feast for children! Long, and engrossing. Kids will love it! Wizard!"
‑ , Time Out
"Harry Potter's adventures in wizard-land are cozy and comfortable in Chris Columbus' faithful adaptation."
‑ , Total Film
"Slow, but it establishes the myth, the cast and the look. And it's holding up surprisingly well."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"a fantastic beginning"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"A near-perfect commercial and cultural commodity."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"It offers more delights than disappointments -- and that qualifies as one of the year's great reliefs."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"This faithful rendition of the inaugural Potter book demonstrates that the franchise is in safe, sensible hands."
‑ Andrew Collins, Radio Times
"Although it suffers nominally from being over-stuffed and under-paced, it's grand and involving, with magnificent production design and special effects, and some fabulous thesps present and correct."
‑ , Film4
"Robbie Coltrane, Richard Harris, Zoe Wanamaker and Maggie Smith, to name but a few, all put in an appearance and it is these old hands who are the best aspect of the film."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"I hear the J.K. Rowling books are great, and on the basis of this 2001 movie I'm ready to believe it."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"A surprisingly excellent exciting fantasy flick..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"First Potter movie is a magical ride but also intense."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Suffering from too much fantasy over too little reality, Sorcerer's Stone sets Harry Potter up for a longer and fruitful career as a screen legend."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
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