Box art for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

action & adventure, children & family

Based on the wildly popular J.K. Rowling's book about a young boy who, on his eleventh birthday, discovers that he is the orphaned boy of two powerful wizards and has unique magical powers of his own.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

ON for kids age 7
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

First Potter movie is a magical ride but also intense.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this first movie in the Harry Potter series has some intense and scary moments. Harry Potter and friends -- who are only 11 years old here -- are in peril and get hurt, but not seriously, and most of the scares come from fantasy creatures. There's a flashback to the (bloodless) death of Harry's parents and discussion about how they died and the one who killed them.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the Harry Potter series. Do you like the books or movies better?
  • What themes from the first in the series pop up again in later installments?
  • What do you think about Harry and his friends going away to school? Would you ever want to do something like that?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews


- Luke Buckmaster, In Film Australia, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

A great first film to introduce the world of Harry Potter. They sure look young in this now!

- Deano78, Saturday, August 21, 2010

4 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, June 30, 2010

4 stars

There has been a few film moments of Movie Magic, where a film has been so spectacular that it feels truly magical. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is one such film. As a child and an avid reader of Harry Potter series before they became famous, it was a magical experience for me watching for the first time, the day the film came out in that dark cinema. Looking at it now I see the same qualities that made the film so magical. The story more than anything makes the film what it is but seeing your imagination realised, from book to film so perfectly I still stand in awe. The great British cast, the score by Williams and the forever young simplicity and magic of the story make this an all time great film.

- smith44, Saturday, June 5, 2010