“The Ultimate Movie Review!”
“Amazing Movie, Great Review Over All! Hope They Have A Follow Up Movie!”
“Hope They Make A Sequal”
“If You Think Blake Balthazar Was Having A Bad Hair Day Wait Till You Get A Load Of This Film's "magic"!”
“A Magical Treat”
“Entertaining Addition To The Live Action Disney Canon”
“Overall A Well Made Family Film Full Of Chamr That Exchanges Between Nic/Jay, And Villians That You Truly Get Most Of The Charm And Zazz And Fun Out Of The Film.”
“A Film Thats Great For The Whole Family And Is Never Boring.Something I Would Buy.”
“The Sorcerer's Apprentice I Hate To Say , Does Not Bring The Magic & The Chemistry Between Baruchel And Cage Just Was Not There, Also Plot Development , But Apprentice Was Also Fun , Imaginative And Dare I Say It At Times Somewhat Entertaining............”
“The Magic Fails To Work And Brings Great Power Of Disappointment”
“Another Spectacular Disney Movie”
“Its Cool, Visually-stunning, And A Bolt Of Fun!”
“JUST A BIG-BUDGET SUMMER FLICK!”
“The Merlin Movie That Kicked Ass”
“A Fun And Entertaining Family Adventure Film That Will Keep You Captivated Throughout With Its Impressive Special Effects And Playful Humor. Nicolas Cage Is Wonderful As The Sorcerer Balthazar And Jay Barchual Shines As His Geeky Apprentice.”
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is too long, and it's ersatz magic, but at least it casts an ersatz spell.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
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.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
The disjointed plot is a melange of cliches 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.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
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
A movie in which spells are cast is not the same as a movie that casts a spell.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Cage will likely not earn a second Oscar here, but he and director Jon Turteltaub make leftovers into fine PG malarkey with their hokey naivete and prankish hocus-pocus.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
That there are more misses than hits will matter only if you're above the legal age to drive.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
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
The movie proceeds exactly as you'd expect, only longer and with much less insanity than you'd expect from Cage.
Mary F. Pols - MSN Movies
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.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
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.
Cliff Doerksen - Chicago Reader
More Cheez Whiz than wizardly.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
A big gob of mythical makeover and special effects-freewheeling fun.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Funny, that despite non-stop special effects, sorcery and such, The Sorcerer's Apprentice can't quite overcome the key ingredient it lacks: magic.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
A noisy, f/x-spewing cauldron of a movie.
Justin Chang - Variety
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.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
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.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
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.
Bruce Demara - Toronto Star
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.
Jennie Punter - Globe and Mail
The movie isn't so much bad as it is formulaic and uninspired. In some ways, that might almost be a worse sin.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A tired relic of summer-movie cliches, clearly beaten to death by far too many credited writers.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
It's a fairly fun time for families, and Hollywood can -- and continually does -- build franchises out of far worse concoctions than this.
David Germain - Associated Press
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.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
The Sorcerer's Apprentice should be rated U for Untouched by Human Hands.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
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 - Examiner.com
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
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
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 - Movies.com
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
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is one of those films that feels very close to being good.
Matt Neal - The Standard
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
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
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
...a disappointingly repetitive and flat-out dull piece of work...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a great family film that packs PG-13 excitement into a PG-rated film.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
Though the movie is magic-like rather than magical and is, to be honest, on the thin side, it cast enough of a spell to keep me entertained.
Richard Knight - Knight at the Movies
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.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is what you get when Jerry Bruckheimer produces Harry Potter.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
This slice of science and sorcery feels like a throwback to the 1980s heyday of family films.
James Croot - Flicks.co.nz
In spite of Nic Cage's 'Hobo-with-a-leather-fetish' chic there are some inventive effects sequences. Feels likes like a watchable-but-unremarkable patchwork quilt of every fantasy flick ever made.
Marc Fennell - Channel 10 Australia
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.
Don Groves - sbs.com.au
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.
Jake Wilson - The Age (Australia)
Probably would have saved us all a lot of trouble if someone had have pointed the way to Hogwarts.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
I must say that the development of CGI special effects has contributed to the death of character and story. And that's true in this case.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
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.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
While containing a handful of impressive action sequences, this film is let down by a contrived premise and by-the-numbers script.
Tristan Schumacher - FILMINK (Australia)
The wit and charm are missing
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
"Almost" and "wants to be" should never precede the word "epic" ... (feels like) the coolest stuff is being saved for later (sequels.)
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
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.
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
The non-stop action almost drowns out what might have been a decent screenplay...
Derek Malcolm - This is London
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.
No one is likely to mistake it for art, but this is one of the better summer blockbusters, thanks to special effects, adequate acting and welcome flashes of wit.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
If you're a kid whose summer holidays are starting to drag, this should kill a couple of hours. Just do your folks a favour and don't make them come along.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
For my next trick, I will make the sequel disappear!
Alexander Pashby - Little White Lies
Promises tongue-in-cheek thrills but doesn't quite deliver.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
No amount of fireballs or car chases are able to stop the whole thing being really boring.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Despite Cage in a snit, it's a likable if functional summer-show.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
Casts a superficial and short-lived spell.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
Cage is as wacky as ever and Baruchel is a likeable goof, though Molina is wasted and not quite evil enough.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
Trademark Jerry Bruckheimer entertainment, hurtling along at a brisk pace and having just about enough comedy, romance and adventure to keep everyone satisfied.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
Fun for 20 minutes, remorseless thereafter...
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
A perfectly decent family romp boosted by the occasional flash of something braver and better.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
I wouldn't exactly recommend it, but let's just say you could certainly do worse.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
Likeable, engaging fantasy adventure with a decent script, pacey direction, terrific special effects and strong performances...
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
As a contemporary fantasy, it is more holiday filler than summer magic, but the cast does its best to bring all the cliches to life.
Anton Bitel - Film4
If they had just let a little more anarchy in, this could really have been a piece of cinematic magic... still, it's enjoyable, doesn't outstay its welcome and there's always a chance they might take it up a notch when it comes to the inevitable sequel.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
A loud, wacky, effects-laden extravaganza that's short on plot, characterisations and any real tension. But it's also rather mindless good fun.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
A barrage of spectacular special effects in search of an appealing story.
Alan Jones - Radio Times
The skills of Master Nicolas Cage are strong, but they cannot save The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
No magic here.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
There is exactly one element of the film that's of any use whatsoever: Nicolas Cage is absolutely on fire, bringing 1000% to a role that does not require, justify, or reward such effort.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Obvious, oblivious to logic and overblown, but it also reminds us that escapist nonsense can be fun...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Nicolas Cage is a hoot to watch even though he phones in his performance almost as much as he did for Ghost Rider.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
It shows a fair amount of visual imagination, a brisk pace, solid acting, and lots of action, but is lacking in imagination when it comes to story and dialogue.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Because the story has been around for so long, it's easy to forgive director Jon Turtletaub for having difficulty finding a fresh take on it.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" is more frustrating than it is bad--there's a lot of potential here, and if the writing had been more inspired, this could have been a strong comeback for both Cage and for Disney.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' is not magical. It isn't humdrum, either.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
An entertaining origin story; some truly neat special effects played against the very real streets of New York City makes The Sorcerer's Apprentice that much more magical and lots of fun to see on the big screen.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
The plot wanders here and there but the appeal of Cage and especially Baruchel makes the film entertaining overall.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Is any of it memorable? Hardly. I remember the contours of my theater seat better than I recall the particulars of this cinematic sleight of hand.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
He cana(TM)t hold a candle to Mickey.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
This loud, disjointed concept is one of the summer's major disappointments.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
In contrast to some of his recent outings, Cage, who strides manfully through the film in a floor-length cowhide coat and who looks like the victim of the bad-hair curse, is restrained and often charming as the supernatural-paternal adult.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
With a wave of the hand, characters conjure stuff out of thin air, move objects and sizzle with lightning. You know, normal movie magic stuff.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is the product of a bad script, lifeless acting and predictable action. Jay Baruchel has already played this character two times this year.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
[It's] what ought to be the baseline for summer movies: fast, funny, entertaining, perfect for beating the heat.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
This sorcerer's biggest trick will be making the audience disappear.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
Nicholas Cage is fun, but the rest of the movie lacks vision, style and dare I say it - magic.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
- National Post
Alfred Molina's award-quality performance and the special effects aren't enough to keep this from causing a lot of squirming.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
It's a producer Jerry Bruckheimer picture, so did you think for even a NYC sec it would be good?
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Good, solid entertainment jam packed with creativity.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
[The] callback to the animated short...you're working on plasma balls and fire and stuff and suddenly it's 'Substitutiary Locomotion.' And it doesn't work.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Ever wonder what the Harry Potter films would be like without an ounce of wit, grace or subtlety? Wonder no more.
Jason Heck - Kansas City Star
It's just good enough to be considered "good enough."
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The idea floating behind The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and it's a marvelous one, is that in the city, magic is both everywhere you look and everywhere you don't look.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
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.
Joe Holleman - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Turtletaub has already proven he can avoid logic spectacularly well in the National Treasure films and he does it again here as well. It isn't a bad thing.
Matthew Razak - Examiner.com
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.
Thelma Adams - Us Weekly
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.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Nicolas Cage and his magical perm conjure little more than bland theatrics in this formulaic fantasy flick.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
As expected, the CGI effects are over-the-top (and there's always a so-what quality to such "exciting" scenes), but the movie is light-handed and exhilarating...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Magic is the one thing in very short supply in this modern-day sorcery tale.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is not really about storytelling as much as it is about marketing. It's not about "what happens next" as it is "how much stuff can we cram in there, and how well can we sell it?"
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Cinematical
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is visually sustaining and surprisingly entertaining.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Successful tales of the high seas are one thing. The Sorcerer's Apprentice proves that when it comes to reinventing the corporate catalog, the House of Mouse is more a House of Lousy Movies.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Just another loud, pointless Jerry Bruckheimer production, with Cage smirking his way through perfunctory action sequences.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
When judged on its own merits, this action-fantasy is actually one of the more fun movies to come along this summer. It has a good combination of thrills and laughs.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
The Sorcerer's Apprentice has its fun moments, but they are lost amidst all the lousy CGI clutter and noisy filler scenes of people hurling blue balls of energy at each other to little effect.
Jim Vejvoda - IGN Movies
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.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
Offers enough endearing goofiness and magic of its own to earn a pass this time.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
Cage and Molina add magic, but not enough.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
a turbo-charged, entertain-at-all-costs movie
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
How is it possible that a film that spends so much time talking about magic can itself possess so little of it?
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
A breezy bit of summertime family entertainment.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
There's a lot of money onscreen in Jerry Bruckheimer's latest family-friendly blockbuster, but it can't hide the two-bit story and script.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
[L]o and behold and WTF, here's adorkable Jay Baruchel... getting molested by dancing mops as... the literal replication of a 70-year-old cartoon... force[s] its way into a movie where it clashes tonally, interrupts the plot, and just plain makes no sense
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
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.
David Fear - Time Out
Kid-friendly thriller is fun, if lacking in real magic.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Gets right almost everything that Prince of Persia got wrong.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Although Turtletaub could have toned down a couple of the many battle sequences this should be spellbinding summer fun for its primary family and kid target audience.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
It does feature people waving their arms around while CGI happens. So it's got that going for it. Which is nice.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
(F)ireballs and lightning bolts that wouldn't be out of place in an old Ghostbusters flick. There's even a bit of nostalgic charm in that. Then Turteltaub breaks out the dancing brooms and we remember Disney's misguided money grab that got us here.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
We witness a dumbing down of The Sorcerer's Apprentice as director Turteltaub and team seem to be fulfilling some quota of silliness
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Though formulaic and aimed squarely at the twelve-year-old set, it manages to put together a decently entertaining two hours, thanks in large part to its lead performers.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
The Sorcerer's Apprentice conjures plenty of FX but too little magic.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
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.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
Too much eye candy and not enough heart has this bit of blockbuster bait fizzling into frustrating forgettability after its promising, and at times dazzling, start.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Like all great kid flicks, it's too good %u2013 too fast and too funny %u2013 to be confined within the "family film" ghetto.
Kurt Loder - MTV
I almost want to recommend the movie anyway for the sheer lunacy that Nicolas Cage [and Jay Baruchel] bring to it.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
For all the spellcasting, there's very little magic in this movie.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Turteltaub has a workmanlike touch and an easy sense of humor here, and he and his team do a better-than-expected job of keeping you interested in the story, despite it being yet another Tale of a Reluctant Young Man With A Supernatural Hero's Calling.
Mike Russell - Oregonian
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.
Walter V. Addiego - San Francisco Chronicle
You can't fault the film's classy cast or its genial humor or its speedy-but-comprehensible action sequences, which beautifully straddle the line between "breakneck excitement" and "what the what was that?"
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Baruchel, fresh from his first starring role in She's Out of My League, establishes again that he can hold his ground as a lead actor, even when competing with Cage.
Cailley Hammel - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Another summer effects extravaganza that fails to replace charm with CGI, though at least it spares us the agony of crummy 3-D.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
This seventh teaming between Bruckheimer and Cage is as close to cine-magic as they've come. A Merlin tip-of-the-wizard-cone-hat to one of the most bewitching blasts of the summer.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
The filmmakers have called up--and pumped up--an absolute orgy of special effects, but all they've conjured is a horrid mess of a movie.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A film obsessed with the idea of magic that doesn't bother to stop and create any of its own.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
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.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
A brain-dead blockbuster high on action sequences, CGI and silliness, but low on fun, thrills and imagination. Where's the magic when you really need it the most?
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Against many odds, a big-budget Jerry Bruckheimer remake -- of a story best known with Mickey Mouse in the lead! -- manages to hit every mark and gives us a rare blockbuster that should please viewers of all types.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
The sense of warm and fuzzy wonder that starts things off doesn't stand a chance against the uneven, badly edited mess that follows
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
There are a few standalone enjoyable moments, but the lack of true, onscreen magic makes the film feel like a cheap (albeit expensively produced) card trick that fails to impress. (Parental Review also Available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
It's not that The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a particularly great film. But it is a surprisingly satisfying one. An epic comedy adventure, it is humorous and exciting, casting a spell of unrepentant fun.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
Younger viewers will thrill to the fun bits. Grown-ups will linger on all the ideas and scenes that play off as weaker versions of better stories.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Stuck in that unfortunate movie limbo of being too innocuous for its own good.
Mark Dujsik - Sci-Fi Movie Page
What's onscreen isn't nearly as inviting or whimsical as the animated short. Instead, the feature is a winded stunt show, brought to its knees by overcooked writing and insistently fruitless attempts at comedy.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
A pinch of movie magic makes this fantasy action movie a summer movie popcorn pleasure for kids and their families.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Clanky, overblown and impersonal, a metallic bombardment of empty CGI pizazz and very little heart. For a film all about magic, it's amazing how indifferent the whole corporate enterprise leaves the viewer.
A fun slice of escapist entertainment that's teeming with the kind of creativity Disney used to be famous for.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
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.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
This charming Disney adventure (with just a touch of evil wizardry and black magic) is bag-of-tricks fun.
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
[Baruchel] nearly redeems the thing ... The surprise of The Sorcerer's Apprentice is that it's less satisfying as an adventure than as endearing nerd romance.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
There's no logic in The Sorcerer's Apprentice that can't be, and mostly isn't, made up on the spot, a concept that will likely appeal to real-life 10 year olds but irk everyone else.
Simon Abrams - Slant Magazine
With many cooks in the writing, this CGI adventure is structurally disjointed and dramatically uninvolving, and the chemistry between reliable star Cage and charming Baruchel is not strong, which explains why the producers stress the literary pedigree.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Did Bruckheimer think of doing a human reenactment of Mickey Mouse in Sorcerer's Apprentice from Fantasia - and then decided to build a whole movie around it?
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
A bracing brew of a supernatural kid flick, stirring in all the dazzling magical ingredients optimum for casting a spell over audiences of all ages. While for a refreshing change, reading minds rather than mindlessly smashing them to bloody bits.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Over-indulgence tips the wand toward weak magic.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Fairly fun, and occasionally exciting, but so bombastic that you'll feel more like you're being bombarded, than actually watching a film.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Cage gets paid and kisses Monica Bellucci. I burned off 2 hours in Hell. This movie is not for kids, it's for toddlers.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
The effects are spellbinding in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, but otherwise this Nicolas Cage fantasy film isn't particularly magical.
Tim Grierson - Screen International