Overwhelming dislike - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 18
  2. Negative: 14 out of 18
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  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nov 27, 2010
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Pam Grady
    Nov 27, 2010
    To call this so-called family film dreadful is an understatement. Jaw-droppingly awful on almost every level, this is a movie to avoid.
  3. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Nov 27, 2010
    Somewhere in there is a little blonde girl and her dreamy princeling, but damned if I could see them through the dreck.
  4. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Nov 22, 2010
    The familiarity of the music may actually be a disadvantage; the ear wants the melodies to conform to one's memory of them, but instead they've been tortured into compliance with the needs of a standard movie musical.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Nov 23, 2010
    Who had the lamebrained idea for a post-apocalyptic 3-D Nutcracker that is lacking any trace of ballet?
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Nov 23, 2010
    The talented Ms. Fanning gives a capable performance, and Mr. Konchalovsky and his camera and special-effects crews put a few arresting images on screen, including some frightening metal rat-dogs. But even there they fall short of obvious models like Jean-Pierre Jeunet's "City of Lost Children," and the 3-D treatment adds nothing.
  7. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Nov 23, 2010
    Your Thanksgiving turkey has arrived on schedule and it's called The Nutcracker in 3D.
  8. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Nov 27, 2010
    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.
  9. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Nov 24, 2010
    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.
  10. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Nov 23, 2010
    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?
  11. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Nov 24, 2010
    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.
  12. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Nov 24, 2010
    Russian-born schlockmeister Andrei Konchalovsky has flirted with the good kind of bad in the past (Tango & Cash), but here, he's finally made his disaster-piece. Unclean.
  13. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Nov 23, 2010
    Nutcracker In 3D doesn't just compound past errors in re-imagining the story. Thanks to a big budget, huge staging, massive overacting, and the non-wonders of post-production 3-D conversion, it adds a wide bevy of new errors.
  14. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Nov 24, 2010
    Misconceived, bloated and incredibly ugly fantasy epic.
  15. 10
    Even if the film were well done, it would still be a travesty.
  16. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Dec 11, 2010
    This is first-degree cultural homicide.
  17. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Nov 29, 2010
    This non-balletic adaptation by the Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky is something gnarled and stunted and wrong, something that should never have been allowed to see the light of day. How's that for a holiday-ad pullquote?
  18. Reviewed by: J. Hoberman
    Nov 23, 2010
    The wildest thing about this movie is its faith that what kids (and parents) really want for Christmas is a Nutcracker version of the Final Solution.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Oct 21, 2014
    Not even the lease bit amusing or entertaining, The Nutcracker attempts to pull a entertain but ultimately fails because of It's obtuse storyNot even the lease bit amusing or entertaining, The Nutcracker attempts to pull a entertain but ultimately fails because of It's obtuse story lousy characters. Full Review »