Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

First Potter movie is a magical ride but also intense.

PG 2001 152 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 147 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 547 reviews

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age 8+

It's worth waiting until they are older.

We are huge fans of Harry Potter. We've read all the books multiple times. We buy Harry Potter-themed games and talk at length about the trials and tribulations of the Harry Potter world. We held out as long as possible for the movies and waited until our daughter's 8th birthday. We are SO glad we did. A few times we had to turn off the volume and cover her eyes. My daughter walked away talking about all the parts from the book missing from the movie but loved it just the same. We still gave it full stars as we enjoyed being able to keep the magic of Harry Potter alive with a new medium.

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Too much violence
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age 7+
Great start to the Potter franchise!
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