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At Theaters: 11/16/2001 On Video: 5/28/2002
Rated: PG Length: 2 hr. 32 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 239915
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Storyline Heading
A boy learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. Summoned from his life as an unwanted child to become a student at Hogwarts Schools of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry meets several similarly gifted friends who become his closest allies and help him discover the truth about his parents' mysterious deaths at the hands of a powerful adversary.
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Fantasy Action Adventure - Kids, regardless of whether or not they have read the Harry Potter books, are the audience most likely to enjoy this fantasy film. Despite the two-and-a-half-hour running time, they should be reasonably amused at the very least, as should other audiences.
Cast and Crew Heading
Emma Watson School's Production THE HAPPY PRINCE
Rupert Grint School Production ANNIE, PETER PAN
Director: Chris Columbus BICENTENNIAL MAN, STEPMOM
Producer: David Heyman THE DAYTRIPPERS
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About The Production (Continued)
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PROFANITY: Rare use of mild profanity.
VIOLENCE: Non-graphic action violence.
ACTION: Games, chases, fights.
COMEDY: Verbal, situational humor.

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Very Good

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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Good "..the movie eventually drags through the air rather than flies; at some two and a half hours, it's one long game of heroes-and-challenges. By the time Harry faces the evil Lord Voldemort, ''Harry Potter'' tilts, overloaded with fact at the expense of magical fiction.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "Viewed exclusively as a piece of cinema - something extraordinarily difficult to do with this property - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone stands out as a solid piece of entertainment. The film's spell may not be as potent as that of the book, but there's still some magic in what Columbus and his crew have wrought.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Excellent "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is a red-blooded adventure movie, dripping with atmosphere, filled with the gruesome and the sublime, and surprisingly faithful to the novel. A lot of things could have gone wrong, and none of them have..''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Very Good "It may be long, but it's not boring — how could it be when jack o' lanterns float lazily overhead in the dining hall, and the venerable Maggie Smith turns into a cat?''

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 153 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
Very High
13-19Teens (M)
Very High
13-19Teens (F)
Very High
20-29Yg Adults (M)
Very High
20-29Yg Adults (F)
Very High
30+Adults (M)
30+Adults (F)
Very High
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

As expected, or at least hoped, NEARLY EVERYONE LOVED "HARRY POTTER." It received a very high percentage of "Fantastic" opinions, which is quite impressive considering many of these came from adults.

As with any movie, there were a few who didn't care much for it. When you see nearly three quarters of the opinions are "Fantastic" or "Excellent," you can pretty much ignore the few low opinions. Your chances of enjoying this movie are VERY HIGH!


Harry Potter (DANIEL RADCLIFFE) has learned to live with his bullying Uncle Vernon (RICHARD GRIFFITHS), his callous Aunt Petunia (FIONA SHAW) and the constant whining of his greedy, spoiled cousin Dudley. He's even learned to live with sleeping in the cupboard under the stairs.

As Harry Potter's (DANIEL RADCLIFFE) 11th birthday draws near, he anticipates little in the way of excitement or presents from the Dursleys, Harry's unpleasant relatives who took him in following his parents' deaths and forced him to sleep in the cupboard under the stairs.

But this year, Harry's birthday will be different.

A mysterious letter addressed to Harry arrives, written in peculiar green ink and accompanied by an owl. Harry is surprised and excited by the curious dispatch, but his horrified Uncle Vernon (RICHARD GRIFFITHS) destroys the letter before Harry has a chance to read it.

The next day, another letter and owl arrive, only to be squelched by the Dursleys. As each day follows the next, letters and owls continue turning up on Harry's doorstep until the Dursleys, fearing they can no longer suppress the contents of the peculiar correspondence, flee with Harry in tow to a remote hut where they're confident they cannot be found.

Their plan appears to be working when suddenly a LOUD CRASH carries the hut door off its hinges, revealing the awesome bulk of an enormous giant called Hagrid (ROBBIE COLTRANE). Furious with the Dursleys for destroying the letters and trying to conceal their nephew's real identity, Hagrid reveals the secret that will change Harry's life: he, Harry Potter, is a wizard!

Much to Harry's disbelief, it transpires that the puzzlingly persistent letters are invitations for him, on the occasion of his 11th birthday, to leave the regular world and join his similarly-talented peers at the legendary Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Hagrid goes on to explain that Harry's parents did not die in a car crash as his insecure relatives have repeatedly told him — they were in fact murdered by an evil wizard who in turn etched the distinctive lightning scar on Harry's forehead!

Harry is completely overwhelmed by the revelations about his parents and the invitation to Hogwarts. However, faced with another night in the cupboard under the stairs and a life of hand-me-downs, he doesn't hesitate in accompanying Hagrid to London's Kings Cross Station, where he discovers the secret Platform 9 3/4 and catches the Hogwarts Express.

Aboard the train packed with wide-eyed first year students, Harry befriends fellow wizards-in-training Hermione Granger (EMMA WATSON) and Ron Weasley (RUPERT GRINT). Together with his new friends, Harry embarks on the adventure of a lifetime at Hogwarts, a wondrous place beyond Harry's wildest imagination where he discovers his extraordinary talents and finds the home and the family he has never had.

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