Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Film Reviews (2001)

Editor's Selection

“The young lead actors were better than I imagined they could be and the casting director should win an award for finding Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. I suspect that in real life they are exactly like Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger – and wish their respective parents the best of luck!”
BBC News

"Coltrane singles out Rupert Grint, the 13-year-old who plays Harry’s best friend Ron Weasley, to praise his acting craft.
“Rupert, I would say, is the most natural performer. He has the most beautiful comedy timing I think I’ve seen in a child,” he says."

Calgary Sun

“Rupert Grint outdoes them both as well-meaning Ron Weasley, combining the expressive face of a 12-year-old Tom Courtenay with the comic skills of a Monty Python member in the making.”
Christian Science Monitor

“The most instantly likeable of the kids is Rupert Grint as Harry’s best friend, Ron Weasley. Vulnerable, spirited and funny, he brings vivid energy to the proceedings.”
Cincinnati Enquirer

“The casting was incredible. Daniel Radcliffe IS Harry Potter. Rupert Grint IS Ron Weasley. Emma Watson IS Hermione. These young actors had a lot of pressure going into this film, and their performances were spot on. They really carried the film. Considering the hype of this movie, that’s a lot of weight to put on the shoulders of these kids, but they pulled it off.”

“Special credit has to go to Rupert as his performance is superb, he literally steals every scene he is in.”

“Rupert Grint is the seasoned veteran of the group, actually having a few acting credits. He is also the cutest kid in the world who is not related to me. His face is as emotive as Robin Williams, and much more endearing. He wears his emotions pinned down by his button nose.”

“Of the three, the one who stole the show for me was Rupert Grint. His portrayal of Ron Weasley (who has always been my favourite character) was spot-on, and the kid is a bloody genius, plain and simple. Just look at his facial expressions throughout the movie; they are priceless—my favourite being the look he shoots Harry when Hermione first walks-into their train car, the first time they meet on the Hogwarts Express—and they’re sure to bring-out a laugh or two (or fifty).”

“There were two other characters who I did appreciate a little more, Ron, played humorously and believably by Rupert Grint, as one of Potter’s nerdy friends at school, and Draco, the blonde, slick-haired “Reggie Mantle” of the academy, a boy who could easily pass for a young Zorin (Christopher Walken’s character from A VIEW TO A KILL).”

“Rupert Grint as Ron and Emma Watson as Hermione were also right on the money.”
Lobo’s Movie Reviews

“Daniel Radcliffe may look the part, but he has a dull, pinched presence. (Rust-haired Rupert Grint, on the other hand, is marvelously expressive.)”
New York Magazine

“Among the veterans, Alan Rickman is better than ever as the sinister Mr. Snape, and among the kids Rupert Grint steals Harry’s show as his friend Ron.”
NY Post

“The most underrated Potter portrayal comes from Grint, who perfectly embodies Harry’s best friend with his earnest and genial performance; a better Weasley simply could not be found.”

“His immediate best friends are Ron, played by red-headed gem: Rupert Grint, and Hermione, played with crisp smartyness by Emma Watson.”
Shoe String

“…and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), all pluck, luck and untamed talents.”
Sun Times

“… Rupert Grint plays Ron to perfection.”
Hindu On Net

“But the cast compensates in spades, particularly the adorably effusive Watson as the bright and inquisitive Hermione, and Grint, whose Ron Weasley develops nicely from a second banana into a valuable warrior for good.”

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