The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Reviews

November 5, 2018
But like A Wrinkle in Time, Nutcracker and the Four Realms is an expensive but clunky fantasy, mashing together mythical elements but mostly hitting discordant notes.
November 3, 2018
Perversely, a family film this is not: The Mouse King -- actually a writhing body of mice all working together as one moving mass -- is the stuff of children's nightmares.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 2, 2018
[It] creates magical, fantastic scenes that should utterly amaze audiences. Yet, the all-important emotional bonds between the characters feel thin and scripted. Where's the excitement? The sense of discovery? The amusing comic interplay?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 2, 2018
Be forewarned that Disney's latest holiday offering has reprocessed nothing but bits, pieces, slivers and chunks of Nutcrackery into a colorful, sumptuously produced confection with barely detectable nutritional value.
November 2, 2018
Maybe see it for the effects work and production design, both of which are nothing short of spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 2, 2018
There's potential here for a distinctly female examination of leadership, power and war. If only it were further explored.
November 2, 2018
It's at once familiar and bizarre, overstuffed yet half-baked. And while it boasts impressive individual elements, the overall result remains far from the magic it seeks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 2, 2018
Tchaikovsky must be rolling In his grave after this wretched attempt to turn the famous fairy tale/ballet into a blockbuster results in slow torture for kids and grownups alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 2, 2018
A fruitcake of a movie, nutty and stale.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 1, 2018
What in the cuckoo Christmas blasphemy is this?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 1, 2018
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a miscalculation of Magic Kingdom-sized proportions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 1, 2018
The visual allure of this production is undeniable, but having the nerve to be simple and nice all the way through is, even for Disney, verging on being a lost art.
November 1, 2018
The unruly, incoherent "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" is like an explosion of special effects and set design in search of a story.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
November 1, 2018
There's no doubt it's a film that will delight very young audiences but one wonders how much that enchantment will extend to the older ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 1, 2018
An enjoyably nutty more-is-more family holiday extravaganza.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 31, 2018
The predictable plot is elevated by 17-year-old Foy, sweet and strong, adorably freckled and gifted at subtle physical communication.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 31, 2018
Watching Copeland pirouette across the screen, you rather wish you were just watching her perform a filmed version of the ballet.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 31, 2018
In the end, Nutcracker is a delightfully old-school diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 31, 2018
To be frank, it rather limps to the goal line.
October 31, 2018
There's nothing grounding enough here; everything - the sets, the costumes, the performances - seems to drift off in a CGI haze.
October 31, 2018
Odd-couple directors Lasse Hallstr÷m and Joe Johnston are hellbent on keeping their movie brooding, sad and sedate.
October 31, 2018
The best we can say about the lengthy action barrage this kicks off is that Foy does look fab in her Nutcracker-regulation soldier-girl duds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 31, 2018
The compromised result is suspended between a childlike sense of discovery and a corporate sense of duty - at no point does it feel like the story and the graphics are talking to each other, or even in the same language.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
October 31, 2018
Rather than harken back to an elegant, more whimsical period, this Nutcracker calls to mind the early 2010s, when the success of Alice in Wonderland led to a spate of fairy-tale characters marched off to war with hordes of CG creatures.
October 31, 2018
Too many realms, not enough nutcracker.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 31, 2018
Ultimately, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a family holiday movie that will do well enough for now; it probably won't linger in your memory long enough to make it until the next inevitable adaptation comes around.
October 31, 2018
If only all that creativity might have served a simpler, more elegant narrative, as opposed to a meaningless war movie in which neither side represents any recognizable cause.
October 31, 2018
Not quite an instant Christmas, or Disney, classic. But The Nutcracker and Four Realms, just like the Land of Sweets in the ballet, has many delightful diversions.
October 31, 2018
The story remains stubbornly lacking in excitement or enchantment; it's more assaultive, to the point of becoming dull.
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