Parents' Guide to

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

By Ellen Dendy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Macaulay Culkin v. Mouse King in NYC Ballet treat.

Movie G 1993 92 minutes
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A good way to introduce kids to ballet and classical music, this fine production dazzles the eyes and ears despite a flat performance by Macaulay Culkin as the Nutcracker Prince. There's plenty of eye candy for kids of all ages (the sets drip with Christmas decorations and fanciful scenery), and the storyline should keep most kids interested, up to a point.

If your young one really loves to dance, then they may enjoy the entire 92 minutes, but kids with short attention spans -- or those who aren't the least bit interested in dancing -- may wander off to search for hidden presents.

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