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The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)



Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 165
Fresh: 68 | Rotten: 97

It has a likable cast and loads of CGI spectacle, but for all but the least demanding viewers, The Sorcerer's Apprentice will be less than spellbinding.


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 22

It has a likable cast and loads of CGI spectacle, but for all but the least demanding viewers, The Sorcerer's Apprentice will be less than spellbinding.



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Inspired by the beloved segment of the Walt Disney classic Fantasia, The Sorcerer's Apprentice moves the setting of the story to modern-day Manhattan, where decidedly average teen Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel) hones his magical powers under the tutelage of master sorcerer Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage). Malevolent wizard Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina) is determined to claim New York City as his own. And Horvath isn't alone in his diabolical endeavor, because by joining forces with the sinister

Nov 30, 2010


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All Critics (166) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (68) | Rotten (97) | DVD (5)

Casts a superficial and short-lived spell.

August 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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He canâ(TM)t hold a candle to Mickey.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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There is much that's appealing, from the performances to the scene where Turteltaub re-creates a live-action version of the classic scene from Disney's Fantasia.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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As Balthazar, Cage doesn't disappoint. He's just manic enough to keep the character from becoming too predictable. More's the pity, then, that a pro like him has to cede so much screen time to his character's young protege.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice should be rated U for Untouched by Human Hands.

July 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Comments (10)
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A big gob of mythical makeover and special effects-freewheeling fun.

July 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comment (1)
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It's strange to have a film have so much magic within and yet ultimately not have enough of the right kind of magic to make it work.

September 25, 2012 Full Review Source:

drawing a line of lack-of-inspiration true and dire directly to Renny Harlin's already-completely-forgotten The Covenant.

May 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

As an object to look at and be zoomed along in like an amusement park ride -- which is all it's meant to be -- this movie is pretty much more of the summery same.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

It also looks quite nice with some well-designed adventure moments and clean camera work that's flashy but usually elegant. But that's a few islands of interest on a sea of interchangeable marketing parts that's all sizzle and no substance.

April 1, 2011 Full Review Source:

Whether intentional or not, The Sorcerer's Apprentice plays like Disney's stalled attempt to launch a stripped down Harry Potter-like franchise.

March 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

The Sorcerer's Apprentice is one of those films that feels very close to being good.

January 16, 2011 Full Review Source: The Standard

Frankly, it's completely dorky. And yet it slips by because of its wise decision to fully embrace that dorkiness.

December 9, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Light on logic, and not always polished, the film plays like a gonzo big-budget Roger Corman B-movie. It's filled with wonderfully imaginative visuals, interesting characters and spectacle galore.

December 4, 2010 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

This PG-rated Jerry Bruckheimer production is slick as an oiled weasel: larded with fancy special effects, canned romance, corny humor and a general lack of sophistication. [Blu-ray]

November 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Comment (1)
Groucho Reviews

...a disappointingly repetitive and flat-out dull piece of work...

November 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a great family film that packs PG-13 excitement into a PG-rated film.

November 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Though the movie is magic-like rather than magical and is, to be honest, on the thin side, it cast enough of a spell to keep me entertained.

November 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Knight at the Movies
Knight at the Movies

It is the exact kind of film you would imagine to be spun-off from a dialogue-free animated sequence from Fantasia; that is to say, not a very complex or interesting one.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix

The Sorcerer's Apprentice is what you get when Jerry Bruckheimer produces Harry Potter.

September 17, 2010 Full Review Source: The Mercury
The Mercury

This slice of science and sorcery feels like a throwback to the 1980s heyday of family films.

September 16, 2010 Full Review Source:

In spite of Nic Cage's 'Hobo-with-a-leather-fetish' chic there are some inventive effects sequences. Feels likes like a watchable-but-unremarkable patchwork quilt of every fantasy flick ever made.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Channel 10 Australia

Cage's expressions cover a limited range, from earnest to fearless to glazed, and he trots out leaden dialogue along the lines of, "That... must...not... happen!" Surely there can't be an easier way to earn $20 million or so.

September 9, 2010 Full Review Source:

The plot verges on incoherence, but The Sorcerer's Apprentice is entertaining enough if you can forgive the presence of Cage, whose brand of glum camp hasn't grown any fresher with the years.

September 9, 2010 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Probably would have saved us all a lot of trouble if someone had have pointed the way to Hogwarts.

September 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

I must say that the development of CGI special effects has contributed to the death of character and story. And that's true in this case.

September 8, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Audience Reviews for The Sorcerer's Apprentice

I m having hard time to rate this Movie, everytime I see it somewhere and reminds me of some great Scene. It is almost funny to say so.
June 9, 2013
Wahida K

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03/01/2012 (Netflix, PS3)
January 8, 2012

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The film heavily relies on its special effects and its premise is genuinely uninspired to the point where the supposedly magical plot itself seems ridiculous and doesnt enchant.
November 28, 2011
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    1. Merlin: We are but servants.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (19 months ago)
    1. Dave Stutler: How do you know my name?
    2. Balthazar Blake: Because I can read minds!
    3. Balthazar Blake: It's on your backpack...
    – Submitted by Wouter V (2 years ago)
    1. Balthazar Blake: You're a bad liar, Dave. That's good.
    – Submitted by Andrew M (2 years ago)
    1. Dave Stutler: These are old-man shoes.
    2. Balthazar Blake: Excuse me?
    3. Dave Stutler: I love them... a lot.
    – Submitted by Andrew M (2 years ago)
    1. Balthazar Blake: You will not control your magic if you will not control yourself.
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
    1. Balthazar Blake: Love is a distraction. Sorcery requires complete focus.
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
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