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The Sorcerer's Apprentice Reviews

August 12, 2010
Casts a superficial and short-lived spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 16, 2010
He canâ(TM)t hold a candle to Mickey.
Full Review | Original Score: c
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
July 15, 2010
The Sorcerer's Apprentice should be rated U for Untouched by Human Hands.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
July 15, 2010
A big gob of mythical makeover and special effects-freewheeling fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
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
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
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-
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 14, 2010
More Cheez Whiz than wizardly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
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-
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
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.
July 9, 2010
A noisy, f/x-spewing cauldron of a movie.
July 9, 2010
A tired relic of summer-movie cliches, clearly beaten to death by far too many credited writers.