The Sorcerer's Apprentice

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

It's Disney, but it's not Fantasia. From the makers of the National Treasure franchise comes this adventure-comedy about a sorcerer, Balthazar Blake (Nic Cage) and his hapless apprentice, Dave (Knocked Up's Jay Baruchel), who are swept into the center of an ancient conflict between good and evil.

Balthazar is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan, defending the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar can't do it alone, so he recruits Dave, an average lad with hidden potential. Balthazar gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, as they work together to to stop Horvath's evil.

Incidental trivia! This is mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer's seventh collaboration with Nic Cage, following The Rock, Con Air, Gone in 60 Seconds, National Treasure, National Treasure: Book of Secrets and G-Force.

2010Rating: PG, contains frightening fantasy scenes & violence109 mins
AdventureComedy

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Variety

Variety

The magic here feels machine-made and depressingly state-of-the-art.

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Total Film

Total Film

Bruckheimer waves his wand at another would-be franchise, but the magic’s sporadic. Good-looking blockbusting-by-numbers.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Enjoyable action-fantasy adventure with a sparky script.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Cage and Baruchel work hard to stay accessible, but the computer-generated effects come on like heavy artillery blowing away any hint of flesh and blood. The Sorcerer's Apprentice should be rated U for Untouched by Human Hands.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a perfectly typical example of its type, professionally made and competently acted.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

"Apprentice" lurches from one been-there-done-that sequence to another.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Despite Cage in a snit, it's a likable if functional summer-show.

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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

The Sorcerer's Apprentice has magic by the bucketload. It is more fun and stylish than a dumb Nicolas Cage blockbuster deserves to be.

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