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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Reviews

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February 13, 2019
No, it was not the instant classic that I suppose any studio that makes a holiday-themed movie hopes it will be, but it is a consistently entertaining fantasy with a likable heroine, delightful art design, and a decent message.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 7, 2019
Disney's pretty-looking The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is immediately forgettable. The disparate elements of the story barely fit together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 6, 2019
The narrative seems to crawl along until Clara hits the Fourth Realm and then it picks up a bit, but not sought to keeps one's interest. Mostly, I left feeling like a lot of A-list talent was underutilized for the fantasy fable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
February 5, 2019
The bookend piece to Disney's equally disappointing A Wrinkle in Time, here's another adaptation of a beloved and timeless classic that loses its essence in translation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 1, 2019
Even the best cast can't compensate for a plot that feels so recycled.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 30, 2019
As supremely talented as everyone involved is, the depth beyond the visuals is lacking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 28, 2019
While The Nutcracker and the Four Realms may not be the holiday staple it wishes it were, it's certainly not a film to avoid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 17, 2019
Despite the malnourished story, the film is still worth watching for Mackenzie Foy's grounded performance, the eye candy of the wondrous settings and the presence of an extremely committed and infectiously enjoyable Keira Knightley.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 10, 2019
Though I liked the idea of a young girl with an interest in engineering, the integrated cast, and the ballet showcase, surely Disney can produce classic stories with more depth and feeling in ways that reflect their considerable resources
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
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