• Released
  • November 24, 2010
  • (Limited 11/24, Wide 12/3)
  • PG , 1 hr 48 min
  • Music/Performing Arts

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Terry Gilliam-ish territory here, spiked with imagery from Holocaust nightmares and drug trips. Attention, university film clubs: Here's your cult-ready midnight-movie programming.
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Boxoffice Magazine

By Pam Grady
To call this so-called family film dreadful is an understatement. Jaw-droppingly awful on almost every level, this is a movie to avoid.
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By Michelle Orange
Somewhere in there is a little blonde girl and her dreamy princeling, but damned if I could see them through the dreck.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Who had the lamebrained idea for a post-apocalyptic 3-D Nutcracker that is lacking any trace of ballet?
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Anything but a seasonal treat. This special-effects-heavy, big-budget musical from expatriate Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky (Runaway Train, Tango & Cash) ranks as one of the most misguided children's films ever made.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
The Nutcracker in 3D will be barely recognizable to fans of the beloved holiday classic. Imagine watching Tchaikovsky's ballet after taking a handful of peyote - on a day when all of the dancers call in sick and the orchestra decides to play a different set of the composer's works.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
From what dark night of the soul emerged the wretched idea for The Nutcracker in 3D? Who considered it even remotely a plausible idea for a movie?
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Do not, in fact, go at all. Because aside from the actual nutcracker, most of the crucial elements are missing from Andrei Konchalovsky's bizarre miscalculation. Magic and joy top the list.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Misconceived, bloated and incredibly ugly fantasy epic.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
This is first-degree cultural homicide.
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18 out of 100
Overwhelming dislike
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