According to the BBC on Thursday, select reviewers of the film from Time magazine reported that though the special effects are "eye-popping," the children's performances are not. One reviewer reportedly wrote: "[The children's performances] often require patience on the part of the viewers" and that "[the book is] a more transporting piece of entertainment."
In other Potter news, the BBC also reported Thursday that Warner Bros. films--the movie's production company and distributor--denied accusations that Potter portrayer Daniel Radcliffe had to have his voice re-dubbed in post-production by another actor.
The accusation, which stems from rumors that Radcliffe's voice began breaking so badly on the set that it became a distraction, was printed Thursday in Britain's The Sun newspaper, which reported that 13-year-old Londoner Joe Sowerbutts was hired to perform the dubbing.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone hits theaters in both the United Kingdom and the United States on Nov. 16.