The Sorcerer's Apprentice


The Sorcerer's Apprentice

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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 sorcerer, pop illusionist Drake Stone (Toby Kebbell) aspires to gain powers beyond his wildest imagination. Realizing that he can't take on Horvath and Stone alone, Blake recruits Stutler as his reluctant assistant and begins training him the battle that will determine the fate of the Big Apple. Teresa Palmer and Monica Bellucci co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Nicolas Cage
as Balthazar Blake
Jay Baruchel
as Dave Stutler
Alfred Molina
as Maxim Horvath
Teresa Palmer
as Becky Barnes
Toby Kebbell
as Drake Stone
Alice Krige
as Morgana
Jake Cherry
as Young Dave
Gregory Woo
as Sun-Lok
Wai Ching Ho
as Chinese Woman
Jason R. Moore
as Subway Mugger
Robert Capron
as Young Dave's Pal
Peyton List (II)
as Young Becky
Sandor Tecsy
as Russian Man
Marika Daciuk
as Russian Woman
Nicole Ehinger
as Abigail Williams
Adriane Lenox
as Ms. Algar
Manish Patel
as NYU Clerk
Oscar Colon
as Fry Cook
Joe Lisi
as Police Captain
William Devlin
as Police Officer
Víctor Cruz
as Auto Impound Clerk
Melissa Gallagher
as Woman on the Street
Parisa Fitz-Henley
as Bennet's Girlfriend
Brandon Gill
as Student in Bathroom
Henry Yuk
as Chinese Dragon Carrier
Izuchukwu Mozie
as African Boy
Amit Soni
as Indian Boy
Adria Baratta
as Student #1
Rosie Moss
as Student #2
Ian Alda
as Physics Student
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Critic Reviews for The Sorcerer's Apprentice

All Critics (171) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (69) | Rotten (102)

  • 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.

    Sep 9, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Cage and Baruchel fail to generate a connection and, apart from Molina's Oscar Wilde impersonation, there isn't much to laugh at -- or thrill to, for that matter, since the action has been choreographed with the nerveless competence of an arcade game.

    Sep 8, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The non-stop action almost drowns out what might have been a decent screenplay...

    Aug 19, 2010 | Rating: 2/5
  • It's an enjoyable action-fantasy adventure with a sparky script; there's even a playful pastiche of the broomsticks-coming-alive scene from the original legend, using the famous Paul Dukas music.

    Aug 13, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • For my next trick, I will make the sequel disappear!

    Aug 13, 2010 | Rating: 2/5
  • Casts a superficial and short-lived spell.

    Aug 12, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Sorcerer's Apprentice

  • May 12, 2016
    While it may have it's moments where it truly shines, The Sorcerer's Apprentice is an overall forgettable and predictable affair that is at least worth watching only once.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2012
    Bad acting, Bad story.. this movie tries to be a magical epic but falls short in nearly every department. Nick cage has been taking a lot of L's.. The only movie i've seen him actually put in work and look like he cared about is Kick-Ass. The rest of his stuff is usually trash. This is no exception.. what were they thinking. Most of it is laughable.
    Vincent T Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2012
    Disney teams up with Jerry Bruckheimer to crank out another abomination with The Sorcerer's Apprentice. The sorcerer Balthazar takes on a young apprentice, believing him to be the wizard prophesied to finally destroy the evil sorceress Morgana. Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, and Teresa Palmer form an interesting cast, but their performances are uneven and they don't work as an ensemble. The script is poor and the special effects are amateurish. Unfortunately, there's no magic to The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2012
    Another bad Nicolas Cage film, but at least it wasn't absolutely terrible like Bangkok Dangerous. There's some really cool special effects, and a decent story, but everything else is bad. The casting is terrible except for Monica Bellucci, who's always good (though she doesn't even show up until the end, basically). I'm convinced Nicolas Cage took this role because he was already in Season of the Witch, which is basically the same thing; he has the same disinterested look on his face throughout the entire film. Jay Baruchel normally isn't bad, but he's so over the top during nearly every scene with his awkwardness that it becomes excruciating very quickly. The writers must have thought the audience would be retarded or something; we get it: he's a socially awkward geek who wants to get the attractive girl. It's been done so many times, especially in Alfred Molina's biggest film, Spider-Man 2 (as Doctor Octopus), speaking of unusual casting again, where Peter Parker is the awkward nerd who tries to get Mary Jane. Though this is an interesting film, it's just so cliche'd: every single scene has some kind of unnecessary cliche', and obviously rips off major films, including Star Wars and Fantasia in the span of like 3 minutes. This is enjoyable to watch just because of its awfulness, and for no other reason.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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