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A master sorcerer trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis recruits a protege. He gives him a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together they work together to stop the forces of darkness.
Comedy Adventure - This is an effects-heavy fantasy/adventure loosely based on the segment from the classic Disney animated feature Fantasia. Fans of stars Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel should be pleased. While fairly family friendly, some scary images and action sequences may be too intense for young children.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average It's tough to come down hard on The Sorcerer's Apprentice because it's too inconsequential to be worth a thorough thrashing.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" is a perfectly typical example of its type, professionally made and competently acted.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average 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.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 66 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:They loved "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."
TEENS:We only had two teens give a review and they both loved it.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The one male rated it just above average and the females rated it average. Those aren't very good reviews, but this isn't enough reviews to be accurate.
ADULTS:The male and female reviews are very similar. Around half loved "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." Most of the remaining half enjoyed it very much. The last few rated it just average or lower. Overall, these are very good reviews and very close to excellent reviews.
Balthazar Blake (NICOLAS CAGE) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (ALFRED MOLINA). Balthazar can't do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (JAY BARUCHEL), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It'll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE.