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Nutcracker in 3D (2010)



Average Rating: 2.6/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 30

Misguided, misconceived, and misbegotten on every level, The Nutcracker in 3D is a stunning exercise in astonishing cinematic wrong-headedness.


Average Rating: 3.5/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 13

Misguided, misconceived, and misbegotten on every level, The Nutcracker in 3D is a stunning exercise in astonishing cinematic wrong-headedness.



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Nine-year-old Mary's dull Viennese Christmas is suddenly filled with excitement and adventure following the arrival of her beloved Uncle Albert and his gift of an enchanted nutcracker. On Christmas night, Mary's new friend, The Nutcracker, or "NC," comes to life and takes her on a wondrous journey into his magical world of fairies, sugarplums, and other Christmas toys which come to life.

Nov 1, 2011


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Delivering the cinematic equivalent of a lump of coal in a Christmas stocking, The Nutcracker in 3D is an apparent Scrooge-like attempt by Russian filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky to forever ruin children's associations with the classic Yuletide ballet.

December 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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One of the most misguided children's films ever made.

December 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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This non-balletic adaptation by the Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky is something gnarled and stunted and wrong, something that should never have been allowed to see the light of day. How's that for a holiday-ad pullquote?

November 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Slate
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[It] has so many terrible ideas that the terrible execution is almost irrelevant: Even if the film were well done, it would still be a travesty.

November 29, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
New York Magazine
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The Viennese scenes, shot on Budapest soundstages, give a new, dreary meaning to "workmanlike."

November 24, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (2)
New York Times
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Spectacularly misconceived, bloated and incredibly ugly...

November 24, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (2)
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It's flawless in its flaws, without a single redeeming element to obscure its idealized awfulness.

December 24, 2012 Full Review Source:

A frankly bewildering attempt at serious cinema

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: The National
The National

I have my theories on the true inspiration motivating the madness here. Something tells me if I bit into the negative, it might taste like whisky, insomnia, and repressed childhood trauma.

December 5, 2010 Full Review Source:

The whole thing is just so astoundingly wrongheaded.

December 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinematical

One of the most wretched, misguided extravaganzas ever mounted on the big screen...a stale schnitzel.

December 3, 2010 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

A Holocaust motif? In a children's movie? 'Based' on The Nutcracker? No, we're not making this up.

December 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Comments (10)
Jam! Movies

An inchoate hash of classical children's themes and twentieth century flashpoints.

December 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Movieline

The best part of this variation on the classic ETA Hoffmann story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" is Elle Fanning, but it's unreasonable to expect a child to support the weight of a resolutely un-magical fantasy film.

December 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

[S]o gloriously horrible that Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is going to have to shuffle over and make some room on the throne of Bad Holiday Movies...

December 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Andrey Konchalovskiy botches history.

November 29, 2010 Full Review Source:

Big-screen remake of ballet is too dark for little kids.

November 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (5)
Common Sense Media

Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky claims to have dreamed of making this film for 20 years. Well, his dream is a nightmare.

November 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine
Moving Pictures Magazine

Vienna. The 1920s. Albert Einstein sings...a world of proto-Nazi space-ranger rats led by a nasty, singing Andy Warhol rodent. But I don't have to tell you the beloved story of The Nutcracker...

November 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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A lot happens in The Nutcracker in 3D, little of it of much consequence.

November 24, 2010 Full Review Source: amNewYork

Audience Reviews for Nutcracker in 3D

It's a kid's movie. I liked the effects but it was nothing special. The story was a bit messed up. Like I had the feeling that something was not there. It's not bad though.
October 30, 2011
Dead Angel

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The film starts out cute and harmless but then turns into an episode of Doctor Who and not a good one either. The talented Elle Fanning at least lights up the screen through-out.
December 9, 2011
Jim Woehr

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    1. Frau Eva/The Rat Queen: Little girls in love can be VERY dangerous!
    – Submitted by Jed G (16 months ago)
    1. The Rat King: [to his mother] You appear to be slipping, old gal! Your spell on the prince is broken! He is alive!Alive! And if the other humans find out, my dreams are shattered!
    – Submitted by Jed G (16 months ago)
    1. Uncle Albert: It's all relative.
    – Submitted by Jed G (16 months ago)
    1. The Rat King: [to his mother] Turn up your hearing aid, for crying out loud! Do you want to ratify the world or not?
    – Submitted by Jed G (16 months ago)
    1. The Rat King: Any idiot can face a crisis, but day-to-day living, that wears you down.
    – Submitted by Jed G (16 months ago)
    1. Mary: You're not unintelligent, for a rat.
    2. The Rat King: Oh, please.
    – Submitted by Jed G (16 months ago)
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