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

165 Ratings: 3.1
The first film in the Harry Potter movie franchise directed by Chris Columbus.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, released in the United States and India as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, is a 2001 fantasy-adventure film directed by Chris Columbus and based on the novel by J. K. Rowling. The film was the … see full wiki

Director: Chris Columbus
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Release Date: November 16, 2001
MPAA Rating: PG
32 reviews about Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001...
review by . January 21, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
In some ways, this is the best Harry Potter movie. It's light enough for kids, but the story is engaging enough for adults. The beginning of the film really captures the magical world of wizardry, from the goblins to the first quidditch game. It stands well enough alone as a movie - you don't really need to know much about Harry Potter before watching it.    The kids are excellent actors. Rewatching it again after many, many years, I was impressed with the range of young Ron's …
review by . December 13, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
We just got our blu-ray player, after holding out for so long. So, naturally, I am on a blu-ray buying spree. So far, of all of the blu-ray discs I have watched in high definition on our 1080p HD TV, these new "Ultimate Editions" of the Harry Potter films, have impressed me the most.    I am *NOT* an audio/video expert. However, I can say that the films look crisp and sharp, to me. We are playing the discs on a Playstation 3 using an HDMI connection to our Sony Bravia Z-Series …
review by . August 04, 2009
Harry Potter year 1
When young Harry Potter (Daniel Radlciffe) realizes that there is something different about him than most normal people, he is informed that he is in fact a Wizard.  He also finds out in the process that his parents were both magical as well, sacrificing themselves against Voldemort so that Harry could live.  Thankfully leaving his Aunt and Uncle who treated him like a dog, Harry is enrolled in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  There he meets Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) …
review by . June 28, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
Naysayer after naysayer tries to write off this film, and those which followed, as well as the books, as fluff for kids. Others went as far to say that this franchise had satanic or evil qualities about it. I say that's a bunch of bull. These movies and books do something for kids(and adults) that hasn't been done since films like "The Neverending Story" and the original "Star Wars" trilogy came along. It allows kids to use their imagination. It gives them hope that there is something magical and …
review by . May 21, 2002
I can't think of a single movie in history that had so many preconceived visions to conquer. Not since the decision to cast Tom Cruise in Anne Rice's "Interview with the Vampire" had there been so much "audience" speculation as to the capability of a movie to match what readers had built up in their minds.But Harry Potter was truly amazing. Having read all four books myself (and repeatedly, at that) I too had a mind full of imagery associated with the characters and locations in these books.The …
review by . December 03, 2001
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Imaginative, doesn't stray far from source material     Cons: Character portrayals seem to be a little... Well, off     The Bottom Line: It looks like magic, sounds like magic, and is magic from beginning to end      Oh my God, they've done it. I didn't think that they could do it, but they've actually done it. They made a film based on a popular fantasy book that stays close to it's source material. There may be a few missing details …
review by . November 12, 2001
Pros: Great Cast, fun FX and a charming tale.     Cons: May be to long or scary for some children.     The Bottom Line: A modern day classic not to be missed. This is a film that wlives up to the hype.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. One of the most anticipated films of the year, “Harry Potter and the Sorcer’s Stone” has finally arrived amidst much hype and circumstance to the delight of fans …
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