Parents' Guide to

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

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

Movie PG 2010 121 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 28 parent reviews

age 10+

Not bad, not great

Intro setting up the story was hard to follow. Lots of scenes of wizards battling will be too scary for younger kids. It felt like some explanatory scenes might have been edited out because at times plot was hard to follow. You feel good about rooting for the lovable underdog hero but at times also wish he'd stop being so whiny. Basically a mindless piece of fluff, but not really in a good way.
age 10+

Fun fantasy adventure is too scary for young kids

This is a very fun movie. I highly enjoyed it. The cast was great. The effects were a bit campy, but I suppose that was done on purpose for the kids. The story is original and interesting. The only problem was that this was more aimed to be a summer blockbuster for kids than a smart fantasy thriller for adults. If the story had been rewritten for adults or even teens, I think it could have the been the fantastical version of Inception. But, that doesn't mean this wasn't a good movie. I actually would give this 3.5 stars if i could. I was honestly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Parents: there are frightening moments and characters abound. The action scenes can get intense, despite being fantasy based. Bottom Line: This is one of the best fantasies I have seen in a while. It's very fun, runs smoothly, and has an awesome new musical instrument that you have to see to understand. Very fun for almost the whole family. Thanks for reading! - Movie Man

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (28 ):
Kids say (41 ):

Everything and the kitchen sink is in this movie: adventure, mythology, buddy comedy, wizardry, and even romance. All of which leaves the impression that it's engineered -- some would say rigged -- to be a summer blockbuster. Which doesn't mean it's not entertaining, because it certainly is. (How could it not be, given how engineered the whole thing feels?) As in Spider-Man 2, Molina proves brilliant at villainy, balancing smart and sinister at the same time. And Baruchel isn't your average hero, which is a good thing: He's one of a few elements in the movie that has refreshing edge.

One section that does feel inspired? The mops-and-buckets-go-awry sequence inspired by Fantasia, the classic animated feature to which The Sorcerer's Apprentice owes some debt of gratitude. For a moment there, the movie evokes the whimsy and mayhem it could have more wholeheartedly embraced. As the popcorn fare it is now, it's loads of fun -- but it could have been genius.

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