The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Reviews

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December 5, 2018
There are a lot of problems with The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, but perhaps the biggest is its inherent inessentiality. There's literally no reason for this movie to exist.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
December 1, 2018
Not sure what we're supposed to expect from a dark, girl-power, Disney-brand sort-of sequel to The Nutcracker, [but] 'Helen Mirren fighting hussar Terminators with a bullwhip' isn't a key third act element that leaps immediately to mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
November 29, 2018
Screenwriter Ashleigh Powell has radically changed the original story, aiming to give it a modern kick which jives with the zeitgeist, and the result is imaginative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 29, 2018
Ashleigh Powell's adaptation feels like Alice in Wonderland-meets-The-Chronicles-of-Narnia (with a hint of Labyrinth) as a grieving young woman finds empowerment (and herself) in battling fantastic forces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 27, 2018
Knightley's Sugar Plum cannot elevate an entire movie on her translucent wings. The flick's promise is quickly drowned in its artificial simulation of emotions.
November 26, 2018
It's lovely to see a film make bold choices, such as including ballet performed by the remarkable American ballerina Misty Copeland, as both a tribute to its origins and a novel way of telling the story.
November 25, 2018
As mass-market confection, Nutcracker certainly works well enough, though its delights definitely hark more from style rather than story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 24, 2018
A lovely escapist adventure that is magnificently brought to life by incredible production design.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4
November 24, 2018
Younger audiences will enjoy the bright colours and fun energy but it's unlikely to leave a lasting impression. Sometimes, that's enough. But don't expect it to become an instant favourite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 21, 2018
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms offers spectacular special effects, awe-inspiring costumes, parades, and the stunning dancing of Misty Copeland to songs by Tchaikovsky.
November 20, 2018
Perhaps if you can disconnect your brain, there's something there, but it takes an awful amount of work to get there. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
November 19, 2018
Considering the number of script doctors this must have had, it's a little amazing that not one of them noticed how deficient the bones of this thing are.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 18, 2018
It's sweeping, visually comprehensible, and has a nice tactile, sensuous quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 16, 2018
Overblown Hollywood enhancing, embellishing, riffing, and too-much-ing on a known classic, with every imaginable thing plus the kitchen sink, and CGI on top of CGI. Like too much Christmas candy, it'll make your teeth hurt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 15, 2018
With few jokes and one-dimensional characters, The Nutcracker remains a tin soldier - pretty, empty, echoing, and indistinguishable from its peers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 15, 2018
Everything that is wrong with the film is embodied by its titular character: there is nothing to learn about why he matters at all. Save the sugar, just crack a nut or two next time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 14, 2018
There's no place for violence in this classic Christmas tale, especially with a cracking bullwhip.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 13, 2018
Buy tickets to your local dance company's production of this story, instead. Treat your family to the real deal, and leave this imposter behind.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 13, 2018
A Christmas turkey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 12, 2018
At times it has the feel of a computer game: cross the bridge, open the gates, jump off the wall, beat the boss. Only characters in computer games tend to be more unpredictable, with more than one twist.
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