The Sorcerer's Apprentice Reviews

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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.
September 8, 2010
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.
August 19, 2010
The non-stop action almost drowns out what might have been a decent screenplay...
August 13, 2010
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.
August 13, 2010
For my next trick, I will make the sequel disappear!
August 12, 2010
Casts a superficial and short-lived spell.
July 16, 2010
He can(TM)t hold a candle to Mickey.
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.
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.
July 15, 2010
The Sorcerer's Apprentice should be rated U for Untouched by Human Hands.
July 15, 2010
A big gob of mythical makeover and special effects-freewheeling fun.
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.
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.
July 15, 2010
I get a charge out of Cage's serious self-mockery, here as a wizard who'd never make the grade at Hogwarts in a fantasy that doesn't aim high but hits the mark for summer entertainment.
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.
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.
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.
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