- Alternate Character Interpretation: Aside from whether or not Drake is truly evil, there's the bit with Morgana herself where her Start of Darkness is revealed to at least partially be because she didn't want to serve anyone, especially Merlin (a man). On the other hand, what Merlin was actually talking about was being a servant to the power you wield (and thus showing it respect and honoring the people you're supposed to help with it), so Morgana refusing to do this is actually a sign of her arrogance and megalomania, not a real Freudian Excuse.
- Cliché Storm: A major criticism of the movie, though considering the amount of Lampshade Hanging and humor about them, it's likely intentional. And to its credit, no other work of fantasy has ever before combined Merlin legends with 21st-century New York college students.
- Draco in Leather Pants: Blonde, arrogant young evil wizard with a British accent? Who's actually wearing Leather Pants? Whose name is Drake! Considering that Drake didn't seem to relish the idea of killing children to take over the world and didn't really do anything all that evil, this is one of the more plausible cases...
- Evil Is Sexy: Drake Stone, although he's only partially evil. Like, maybe, sixty percent evil? Still hot, though.
- Genius Bonus: It's not likely that historians and fans of The Crucible would be seeing a Summer Blockbuster like this in the first place, but who else would know who Abigail Williams was?
- Some teen viewers might know due to studying it in school.
- Even better, the Abigail in this film would actually be closer to the age of the historical Abigail Williams than the better-known version of her from The Crucible, who was aged up to a teenager.
- Idiot Plot: This film would have lasted five minutes if Balthazar had put the Grimhold in a safe.
- Narm/Narm Charm: "I brought some science with me!" Dr. Insano would be SO PROUD.
- Nightmare Fuel:
- So Okay, It's Average: The general consensus of the film.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Horvath summons Abigail Williams to kidnap Becky... and then absorbs her power to raise Morgana as soon as he has Becky.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The idea of a feature-length expansion of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice". Disney chose to make this film an In Name Only live-action update of the classic short film, even though said short film would have been the perfect basis for a feature-length animated fantasy spectacle. Seriously, how cool would it have been to see Mickey Mouse and Yensid having adventures in a High Fantasy universe where anything can happen? And how cool would it have been to see an iconic character like Mickey making his triumphant return to the big screen?
- The Woobie: Dave, to a certain extent. Especially at the beginning of the movie.
YMMV / The Sorcerer's Apprentice