The Sorcerer's Apprentice Reviews

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 25, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
May 9, 2011
drawing a line of lack-of-inspiration true and dire directly to Renny Harlin's already-completely-forgotten The Covenant.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
April 1, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
March 9, 2011
Whether intentional or not, The Sorcerer's Apprentice plays like Disney's stalled attempt to launch a stripped down Harry Potter-like franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Matt Neal
The Standard
January 16, 2011
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is one of those films that feels very close to being good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 9, 2010
Frankly, it's completely dorky. And yet it slips by because of its wise decision to fully embrace that dorkiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
December 4, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
November 26, 2010
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]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 25, 2010
...a disappointingly repetitive and flat-out dull piece of work...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
November 23, 2010
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a great family film that packs PG-13 excitement into a PG-rated film.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
November 3, 2010
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.
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 21, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tim Martain
The Mercury
September 17, 2010
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is what you get when Jerry Bruckheimer produces Harry Potter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Croot
Flicks.co.nz
September 16, 2010
This slice of science and sorcery feels like a throwback to the 1980s heyday of family films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marc Fennell
Channel 10 Australia
September 10, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
September 9, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
September 9, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
September 9, 2010
Probably would have saved us all a lot of trouble if someone had have pointed the way to Hogwarts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
September 8, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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