• Released
  • November 14, 2001
  • PG , 2 hr 32 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  • 259 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: An orphan (Daniel Radcliffe) attends a school of witchcraft and wizardry.

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Critic Ratings

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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A red-blooded adventure movie, dripping with atmosphere, filled with the gruesome and the sublime, and surprisingly faithful to the novel.
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88

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Can there be higher praise for a motion picture designed to capture a beloved book with fidelity, thoroughness and affection? Only this:...
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
If the movie doesn't ultimately transport us to places The Wizard of Oz once took us, that may be partly because "The Sorcerer's Stone" is...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
At its best, the film's visual dazzle equals the tasty wordplay of the novel. But it is overlong, overscored, and curiously misshapen.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
Absolutely the best single moment, beautifully presented, comes when the orphaned Harry looks in a mirror and sees his parents there. It is...
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Though the film will undoubtedly please the young viewers who flock to it, ultimately many of the book's readers may wish for a more...
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
That sense of déjà vu is at once this Harry Potter's balm and its limitation: many charms, but few surprises.
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70

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Is the movie any good? At the dawn of the twenty-first century, when art is defined by commerce, this question is beside the point.
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63

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
A firm, ringing yes and no on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The best thing about it may be that it will lead many back to read --...
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
What's on screen, though, is a cautious approach to cinema wizardry -- broad, colorful strokes and flash-bang effects that turn J.K....
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Rated PG | For Some Scary Moments and Mild Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 7+ First Potter movie is a magical ride but also intense.
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