The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Casts a superficial and short-lived spell."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"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."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"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."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"Frankly, it's completely dorky. And yet it slips by because of its wise decision to fully embrace that dorkiness."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"He canâ(TM)t hold a candle to Mickey."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"The Sorcerer's Apprentice should be rated U for Untouched by Human Hands."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"drawing a line of lack-of-inspiration true and dire directly to Renny Harlin's already-completely-forgotten The Covenant."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Whether intentional or not, The Sorcerer's Apprentice plays like Disney's stalled attempt to launch a stripped down Harry Potter-like franchise."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"Light on logic, and not always polished, the film plays like a gonzo big-budget Roger Corman B-movie. It's filled with wonderfully imaginative visuals, interesting characters and spectacle galore."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"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."
‑ Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News
"A big gob of mythical makeover and special effects-freewheeling fun."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"As an object to look at and be zoomed along in like an amusement park ride -- which is all it's meant to be -- this movie is pretty much more of the summery same."
‑ Dave White,
"The Sorcerer's Apprentice is one of those films that feels very close to being good."
‑ Matt Neal, The Standard
"This PG-rated Jerry Bruckheimer production is slick as an oiled weasel: larded with fancy special effects, canned romance, corny humor and a general lack of sophistication. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
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