The Sorcerer's Apprentice

  • PG
  • Jon Turteltaub (2010)
  • US
  • 104 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

This attempt by Disney at Harry Potter-style magic is a barrage of spectacular special effects in search of an appealing story. Jay Baruchel exudes nerdy charm as a physics student told by immortal sorcerer Nicolas Cage that he's Merlin's descendant, predicted to defend Manhattan from an army of the dead. Cue exasperating disbelief, awkward spell-training sessions and time-outs for college romance before the battle royale with evil Alfred Molina, who's attempting to revive super sorceress Alice Krige. National Treasure director Jon Turteltaub ensures the eye-candy action is never boring, yet it's never more than merely competent, either, and fails to produce any sense of wonder. The fantasy elements here are vaguely construed as an expansion on the Mickey Mouse broom-cleaning segment from 1940's classic Fantasia, which is referenced briefly when Baruchel is late for a date. Other imaginative CGI fireworks include a Chrysler Building metal eagle taking flight, a Chinatown parade dragon coming to life and a mirror-image world. Just a shame about the bog-standard plot.

Plot Summary

Fantasy adventure starring Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel and Alfred Molina. Dave Stutler, a nerdy physics student in present-day Manhattan, gets swept into an ancient conflict between good and evil when an immortal sorcerer tells him that he is a descendant of the wizard Merlin.

Cast and crew


Balthazar Blake
Nicolas Cage
Dave Stutler
Jay Baruchel
Maxim Horvath
Alfred Molina
Becky Barnes
Teresa Palmer
Monica Bellucci
Drake Stone
Toby Kebbell
Alice Krige
Young Dave
Jake Cherry
Omar Benson Miller


Jon Turteltaub

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Walt Disney
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 6 Aug 2010
Certificate PG
Walt Disney Home Video