The Sorcerer's Apprentice Reviews

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
August 12, 2010
Casts a superficial and short-lived spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 16, 2010
He canâ(TM)t hold a candle to Mickey.
Full Review | Original Score: c
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
July 16, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 16, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 15, 2010
The Sorcerer's Apprentice should be rated U for Untouched by Human Hands.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 15, 2010
A big gob of mythical makeover and special effects-freewheeling fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Germain
Associated Press
July 15, 2010
It's a fairly fun time for families, and Hollywood can -- and continually does -- build franchises out of far worse concoctions than this.
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
July 15, 2010
With a predictable plot, by-the-numbers action-movie jolts and no real sense of wonder, The Sorcerer's Apprentice is really just a pumpkin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
July 15, 2010
Once the filmmakers have dispensed with a grueling expository preface set in Arthurian England, this shameless Harry Potter knockoff is a pretty tasty bucket of popcorn.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 15, 2010
On a hot summer day, a family trip to the movies can be a time-filler or a time-waster. Apprentice honorably fits the second category.
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Joe Holleman
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 15, 2010
If a couple of adults are looking for mature movie enjoyment, this can be a disappointing recipe. But if you want a fun, fast-paced film that can be enjoyed by all ages, it cooks up just right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 15, 2010
The story, not to mention Cage's hair, is a little murky (can't a sorcerer conjure up a little shampoo?), but it doesn't matter: The fun here is in the action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 15, 2010
A generally joyless pastiche of sorcery history, imitation Potter "chosen one" Messianics and mirthless silliness, it's another in a string of recent black marks against Cage's Oscar-owning reputation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 15, 2010
The movie isn't so much bad as it is formulaic and uninspired. In some ways, that might almost be a worse sin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 15, 2010
While Mr. Molina and Mr. Cage supply a measure of well-compensated eccentricity, their labors ultimately serve to emphasize the grinding mediocrity of the enterprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mary F. Pols
MSN Movies
July 14, 2010
The movie proceeds exactly as you'd expect, only longer and with much less insanity than you'd expect from Cage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 14, 2010
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is too long, and it's ersatz magic, but at least it casts an ersatz spell.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 14, 2010
The title character in The Sorcerer's Apprentice is played by Jay Baruchel, and here things begin to go seriously astray. They don't ever stop.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
July 14, 2010
It's an OK, family-oriented comedy action blockbuster with jokes and special effects troweled on to bolster its not-terribly-fresh story of magic and mentoring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 14, 2010
In place of a plot, there's a premise; in place of carefully crafted action, there are stupefying exercises in computer-generated imagery, and in place of an ending, there's a hook for the sequel and, if all goes well, a new franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
July 14, 2010
The story takes a little too long to tell, the special effects take precedence over the plot and the climax is as predictable as the hefty box office the film is likely to amass.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 14, 2010
That there are more misses than hits will matter only if you're above the legal age to drive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 14, 2010
The disjointed plot is a mélange of clichés with logic that feels conjured up on the spot. Magical legends are cobbled together as if by someone in Screenwriting 101. Or, as is the case here, by a half dozen writers, seemingly at cross purposes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 14, 2010
More Cheez Whiz than wizardly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 14, 2010
It doesn't have a script that draws us in, or characters we care about. It's a mere jumble of special effects, hoping to catch kids searching for a quick summer substitute for Harry Potter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 14, 2010
A movie in which spells are cast is not the same as a movie that casts a spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
July 14, 2010
Strangely like 1985's Young Sherlock Holmes, another film about name-checking familiar fictional characters and eagerly hopping from one amiably overblown, often clunky special-effects setpiece to the next.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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David Fear
Time Out
July 14, 2010
It whizzes by more quickly than you can say "Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer," while also being magically devoid of anything resembling character, originality or distinction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 14, 2010
Funny, that despite non-stop special effects, sorcery and such, The Sorcerer's Apprentice can't quite overcome the key ingredient it lacks: magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 14, 2010
The many-hands script -- last one in was Matt Lopez of Bedtime Stories -- exists largely to show Cage and Baruchel and Molina shooting fire-jets and balls of compressed energy at one another's heads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
July 13, 2010
Cage will likely not earn a second Oscar here, but he and director Jon Turteltaub make leftovers into fine PG malarkey with their hokey naïveté and prankish hocus-pocus.
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Justin Chang
Variety
July 9, 2010
A noisy, f/x-spewing cauldron of a movie.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 9, 2010
A tired relic of summer-movie cliches, clearly beaten to death by far too many credited writers.