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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone / Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone / Harry Potter

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  Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone / Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone / Harry Potter Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
8.50 /10
Harry Potter: Daniel Radcliffe, Ron Weasley: Rupert Grint, Hermione Granger: Emma Watson
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Directed by: Chris Columbus
Written by: Steve Kloves, from the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K.Rowling

Released: 2001
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US/ GB
Length: 152

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Columbus shamelessly trivializes orphan Harry's childhood angst, transforming the boy's pre-teen existence at the Dursley home into an abrasive Cinderella procedural... As far as stuffy Oxford dramas go, Harry Potter has them all beat. As a greatest hits compilation of J.K. Rowling's book, Columbus's film dishes out set pieces so disharmonious to each other you might forget their utter heartlessness. Most unfortunate is how many of the film's more evocative scenarios are lost amidst the mind-numbing, non-stop John Williams score. Sans one cutaway to a snowy seasonal change, the film's screwy pacing never suggests an entire school year has transpired... Kid friendly? Yes, but where was Tim Burton when you needed him?
(Ed Gonzalez, slant magazine)
It's way too long, there's no story, no logic, no villain, all the supporting characters are more interesting than Potter, and I learned nothing about being a wizard.
(Victoria Alexander, FILMS IN REVIEW)
As a movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone has no inner life - no pulse - of its own: It's secondhand.
(David Edelstein, Slate)
Tells the story of the book with exacting accuracy but alas, only with a part of the flair.
(Michael Elliott, Movie Parables)
Gets most of the book's events in, but loses much of the lightness and charm of Rowling's vision.
(David Ansen, Newsweek)
For every flight, the film serves up equal amounts of flattened-out shortfall.
(Jay Carr, Boston Globe)
The picture isn't inept, just inert.
(Richard Corliss, Time)

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