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The Sorcerer's Apprentice Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

Not starring Bret Michaels or Joan Rivers. Read full review

2.5

Jen Yamato Profile

The Sorcerer's Meh-prentice Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    46

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The movie is a clunky, noisy contraption. Director Jon Turteltaub piles on gadgets and devices in the hopes we'll be dazzled enough to miss the story's lack of coherence and charm.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

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

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 9+

Kid-friendly thriller is fun, if lacking in real magic.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this fantasy action-adventure, inspired to some degree by Disney’s classic Fantasia, is targeted at the same audience who enjoyed star Nicolas Cage’s National Treasure movies. Like those movies, The Sorcerer's Apprentice has plenty of thrilling action sequences boosted by special-effects magic -- some of which may be too scary and/or intense for kids under 8. There's swordplay and electric blasts, and characters are threatened with peril and even death. But underlying all the action is a positive message about being true to yourself.

  • Families can talk about the film's action scenes. Do movies have to have actual violence to be scary or intense?
  • Why is Dave reluctant to go for greatness? What does Dave learn from Balthazar? Is theirs a believable friendship, given their differences?
  • In these types of movies, good typically wins out over evil. Why is that conflict so fascinating to Hollywood?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: At many different points in the film, the message that comes through loud and clear is that believing in yourself is essential to success ... and that betrayal is an act that not only damages others, but yourself as well.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Yes, there are "bad guys" (Morgana and Horvath). But Balthazar is principled, and Dave, although hesitant, simply wants to do what’s right. And his love interest is able to look beyond his awkward façade to appreciate the kind, interesting person within.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Most of the violent sequences are larger-than-life in nature, given the film’s fantastical premise, and there's not much gore. A swordfight takes place in a store in front of a frightened child; characters are electrocuted by energy blasts; characters threaten to kill each other; people are shown impaled on swords; a woman stabs Merlin.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Couples kiss.

  • language false1

    Language: A few exclamations of "hell" and "God."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Labels visible for Reese’s, Golden Grahams, and an Emerson appliance.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A college guy talks to his roommate about partying and living it up.

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