The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Lacking a transporting yuletide story or dazzling dance routines, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a hollow holiday confection that's lovely to look at -- and easy to forget.

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All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key - a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer's (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key, which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It's there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara's key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.

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Cast

Keira Knightley
as Sugar Plum Fairy
Morgan Freeman
as Drosselmeyer
Helen Mirren
as Mother Ginger
Matthew MacFadyen
as Mr. Stahlbaum
Miranda Hart
as Dew Drop Fairy
Jack Whitehall
as Harlequin
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Critic Reviews for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (29)

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.

Nov 5, 2018 | Full Review…
CNN.com
Top Critic

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.

Nov 3, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

[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?

Nov 2, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Maybe see it for the effects work and production design, both of which are nothing short of spectacular.

Nov 2, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

There's potential here for a distinctly female examination of leadership, power and war. If only it were further explored.

Nov 2, 2018 | Full Review…

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