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The Sorcerer's Apprentice Reviews

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Jeff Beck
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
Joshua Starnes
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
Simon Miraudo
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
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
Tristan Schumacher
FILMINK (Australia)
September 7, 2010
While containing a handful of impressive action sequences, this film is let down by a contrived premise and by-the-numbers script.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
July 14, 2010
Just another loud, pointless Jerry Bruckheimer production, with Cage smirking his way through perfunctory action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
August 11, 2010
I wouldn't exactly recommend it, but let's just say you could certainly do worse.
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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
Don Groves
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
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
August 13, 2010
Promises tongue-in-cheek thrills but doesn't quite deliver.
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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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
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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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
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
August 13, 2010
No amount of fireballs or car chases are able to stop the whole thing being really boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
July 13, 2010
Nick Cage and Jay Baruchel do their best to deliver more than perfunctory Disney live-action fare, but ultimately nothing can rise above this ill-conceived storyline.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 14, 2010
Not even the loose cannon of Nicolas Cage shooting plasma balls, riding a Chrysler Building griffin, explaining string theory or wearing a ridiculous hat can stiffen this wet noodle.
| Original Score: C
Anders Wotzke
August 31, 2010
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is essentially what would happen if The Mummy took a wrong turn at Hogwarts and ended up at a Dungeons and Dragons convention.
| Original Score: 2/5
Alexander Pashby
Little White Lies
August 13, 2010
For my next trick, I will make the sequel disappear!
| Original Score: 2/5
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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.
Tim Grierson
Screen International
July 9, 2010
The effects are spellbinding in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, but otherwise this Nicolas Cage fantasy film isn't particularly magical.
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