The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Reviews

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August 19, 2019
A disjointed but entertaining ride through a magical kingdom kids can only dream of.
July 12, 2019
Mackenzie Foy does a very good job as the smart and beautiful Clara and offers a believable performance as this iconic character in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
February 14, 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.
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.
January 18, 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.
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.
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.
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.
November 25, 2018
A lovely escapist adventure that is magnificently brought to life by incredible production design.
November 25, 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.
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 18, 2018
It's sweeping, visually comprehensible, and has a nice tactile, sensuous quality.
November 12, 2018
It's an oddball fantasy, not the familiar ballet, in a reimagining reminiscent of "Treasure Planet."
November 10, 2018
Despite the best efforts of its cast and some memorable set pieces, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms feels like a hollow shell of what it could have been, had it been a half hour longer and explored the realms rather than just glanced over them.
November 8, 2018
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a colourful and fast-moving fantasy.
November 6, 2018
Its gorgeous production design, colorful characters, and dazzling costumes are a visual treat, but little about the story proves to be nearly as much of a gift.
November 5, 2018
Its brief ballet interlude has flair and there's nifty choreography in the action scenes, too, along with lots of bright visual ideas.
November 5, 2018
Have fun spotting Richard E Grant, Jack Whitehall and Omid Djalili in cameo roles, marvel at the brilliance of Misty Copeland in the film's gorgeous ballet sequence and look out for Mirren as Mother Ginger.
November 5, 2018
The film is extravagant and predictable at the same time. [Full Review in Spanish]
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