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LONDON (AP) _ Director Chris Columbus got rave reviews from the kids who saw ``Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,'' which is a change from the reaction he's gotten in the past from adult film critics.

``The critics have never been kind to me,'' said Columbus, whose past films include ``Adventures in Babysitting'' and ``Bicentennial Man,'' as well as more successful movies like ``Home Alone.''

But ``this film feels different,'' he said. ``I do know that I love the picture, and that's really important _ though in the end, who knows?''

After attending the premiere in London on Sunday, 12-year-old Alex Roberts wrote in Monday's Guardian newspaper, ``I don't think I'll watch it nine times, but it will certainly be one of my favorite films.''

The Times of London handed over its review to Barney Macintyre, age 6 and three-quarters: ``This is great, the best film I've ever seen, way better than any of the Disney cartoons.''

And 9-year-old Jessica Hatrick's enthusiasm made a front-page headline in the Sunday Telegraph on Sunday. Calling the adaptation of J.K. Rowling's novel ``the best movie I have ever seen,'' Jessica offered a few minor caveats _ 12-year-old Daniel Radcliffe in the title role was ``a good actor, but he looks like the woman on 'The Weakest Link,' which is a bit off-putting.''

The movie is being released in the United States as ``Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.'' It opens on both sides of the Atlantic Nov. 16.