The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Disney's take on Christmas classic is colorful but intense.

PG 2018 99 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 47 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 51 reviews

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age 10+

Expected better

The writing and acting wasn't that good overall. I didn't appreciate that the Sugar Plum Fairy character came off as suggestive at times in her demeanor. I get that she was evil, but really. Gone is the innocence kids movies used to have back in the day.
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age 8+

This was the WORST, do not bother

Honestly, why would you spend millions of dollars to have a mediocre movie like this, Disney? You have ostensibly good actors like Keira Knightly and Morgan Freeman. How could you mess up the Nutcracker story like this? Disappointed in how the character of Clara was portrayed. They constant zoom ins on her made up face were unnecessary. She was made to look and act older, which brings up a slew of issues there. Also the Sugar Plum fairy (Keira Knightly’s character) made some adult comments comments, if you listen carefully. The characters and plot were under developed. I think all the $$ was spent on costumes and special effects. The best part of the movie was actually the end credits — Misty Copeland and the other dancers were wonderful. Wish we had had more dancing and less boring corporate Disney storyline.

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