The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) - Adventure, Family, Fantasy

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A young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.

IMDB: 5.5
Director: Lasse Hallström
Stars: Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley
Length: 99 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 111 out of 426 found boring (26.05%)

One-line Reviews (326)

It's an enjoyable movie.

But it´s predictable and cliched to the point where no ammount of red herrings can fool and no ammount of fake thrill can make you excited.

While the film was pretty and Disney has excellent set, costume, and production design, this movie is so slow, boring and dull it's just not worth it.

Not in this movie, which slows to a crawl in the act of boring you breathless.

Enjoyable in that kiddy Christmas way .

Enjoyable fairytale .

Bland .

As we can all agree, it's visually stunning.

I didnt stop yawning and rolling my eyes watching it.

I do rate this film as compatible to these others and well worth the watch.

Horrible movie don't waste your time and money.

Yes this film is no epic like some of Disney's other movies, however it's a nice gentle film with some very entertaining moments.

Visually stunning, with amazing CGI settings and immenseley detailed costumes.

Some of the battles are also difficult to follow, due to dark settings, odd angles, and the speed of the film.

Still, it is quite predictable and not truly touching.

So boring and no heart .

Boring, mundane dialogues not worthy of Disney.

Absolutely waste of time.

Don't waste your time and your money on this revolting movie .

Super boring, almost no action, anti climatic and little character development.

Most part of the movie is very boring.

The execution was predictable and cliche.

And that twist at the end of the film, is so incredibly predictable, you'll see it coming a mile away.

In the end, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms isn't a horrible movie, but it's too predictable and generic to be good.

The story is really boring, and the main actress is not helping to make it interesting.

Like a delicious looking but over-egged and bland tasting pudding .

I can see a hyperactive kid who likes adventure getting very bored with this movie.

My 9 year old daughter and I saw The Nutcracker this afternoon and we enjoyed it immensely.

The road to get to the "gotcha" moment, however, will remain long and tedious, cluttered with meaningless dialogue between characters who were shot in such a way to maximize the edit potential by rarely having them on screen together.

Not perfect, but entertaining .

The visuals are stunning, and so is Mackenzie Foy (I feel like they knew that, because there were lots of shots of her face).

The movie was unbearable to watch.

It is a fairytale and Disney, and like every fairytale or Disney,, predictable and a happy ending, nothing wrong with that.

Very enjoyable retelling of a classic .

" Drosselmeyer (Morgan Freeman)The unusual and enjoyable does happen just in time for the holidays with a Disney family fantasy called The Nutcracker & The Four Realms.

The movie was visually stunning-eye candy all the way.

Thrilling comes to mind.

I enjoyed it.

Entertaining story and music based on the Nutcracker plus additional themes.

Found the script too mechanical, bland and muddled, there was the sense too that it, like the story, wasn't sure whether it wanted to go the light-hearted, camp approach or serious approach.

Why would the audience care about a movie when its characters are so boring and dull?

However I was disappointed with the story that is odd and predictable at the same time.

Despite its rather interesting idea, this movie managed to create a plethora of boredom and quite an empty universe, filled with unfinished characters and a pretty unconvincing story.

Soulless, dull and utterly lacking in magic.

Don't waste your time or money

While the visuals and the choice of props and colors were excellent, the plot is tiresomely predictable, even for a family movie.

When I watch this movie, I fall asleep.

Boring and is wasted of money .

But that doesn't hide the dissapointing script, slow plot, and terrible acting.

Enjoyable family movie .

Predictable .

It does not however stick to the original story ending of he Nutcracker so as long as you're open to a new tale, it's a visually stunning and creative flic.

From a predictable plot to a silly, by-the-numbers climax, there's no genuinely tense moments.

boring .

The storyline was pretty awful, along with the uninteresting characters, who became pretty annoying after a while.

It's mediocre, it's boring, too much money has been thrown to create terrible looking CGI enviornments, the acting sucks, and the plot is another rehashed/uninspired adaptation of the classic/beautiful original story/play.

what a waste of time.

This is a lazy cluster of a mess, an empty husk devoid of anything resembling human emotion.

If you enjoyed it that would be a mistake.

Even the dialogue is bland, boring, and flat.

My kids certainly enjoyed it too.

one of the most boring movie from Disney Studios .

The entire film lacks flow,story,continuity and is above all boring.

Its easy to spin things to your own evil purposes like the media and sales people do to get people to buy what they don't need and watch made-up sensationalized news shows otherwise no one would watch and their ratings would go down because truth is often boring and downright hard to swallow like medicine.

I too was fussy as despite being only an hour and a half, it feels too long and drawn out.

We really enjoyed it!

Poor acting, boring story, nothing in common with "real" Nutcracker .

Worst Movie I've Ever Seen in 2018 .

Boring enough .

Stunning story!.

The plot, acting, and score were all exceptionally boring.

The plot, if I think about it hard enough is irritating, but visually it's pleasant and enjoyable.

A fine spectacle Dull was the physics of toys That the eyes saw not~jodawa

It's boring, creativity missing in every aspect except maybe "scene decoration"...

Here we have an enjoyable romp of a movie featuring a strong, young, female role model...

While some parts of the movie were enjoyable, overall it was boring and I was unable to really get into it despite being excited.

Very Enjoyable and kid friendly .

A coming of age fantasy tale that could have been so much more.

Aside from that skip this waste of time.

The direction did feel a little dull with the film.

It was really enjoyable if you are not buthearted by the title watch it.

I thought this was a Unique Take on the Classic Fairytale also the characters were compelling and Mackenzie Foy wasn't a bad lead Same Fawora-Knight also it did have an interesting twist on the classic tale.

It is utterly derivative, but fairly enjoyable for all that.

Parents would find it boring and even people who like the nutcracker story may also find it boring.

Extremely boring

It's very predictable and formulaic,not to mention boring...

The film represents a Narnia-esque take on the four compass-point lands of Oz, and on that basis it's a bit formulaic.

Pointless and blank....

Expensive cliché .

Ifeel boring when i see that moviee ;) its not like disney movies

dancing, dancing battle scenes, etc. but just more boring.

I suppose children might enjoy this movie but those who go to it excepting a stunning, creative new take on the Christmas classic will leave sorely disappointed.

its not exciting enough, the story is too bland and generic.

Entertaining for Me .

but its predictable.

I enjoyed the changes and the scenery was breathtaking.

Finally, the costumes and makeup are stunning themselves, crafting some of the most unique, fun, and curious characters to come out of the Disney woodwork.

so cliche.

The enjoyable moments included 2 styles of dance.

Boring to the extreme .

At its attempt to be unique and edgy, the creators made a film that is real cheesy, at times boring, predictable, and unnecessarily dramatic in the choice of music and manner with which particular characters responded to each other.

Boring .

fell asleep.

to slow and flat .

It's a really good movie, I highly recommend it !

And I found the main character making me want to fall asleep.

A very dull film with terrible acting from the supporting cast.

This was a total waste of money with this horrific script.

When you sit there just waiting for the predictable end to come, you know you have wasted money and precious time.

I Watched This On Christmas Day in 2019 and I Quite Enjoyed It .

The visuals are absolutely stunning.

From someone who has not read the book, this is worth the watch.

Visually stunning!!

Maybe if you liked the boring Maleficent, you'll like this.

I found the plot quite patronising and predictable throughout, and it amazed me how nothing seemed to faze the main character, who found herself in this magical world all by herself.

All in all this was generic, uninteresting, incredibly boring and is a essentially a party for plot holes because there is a lot of them.

The script is totally cliched, muddled, confusing, and convoluted, given the fact that the screenwriter of this film who is just a first-time inexperienced screenwriter, has no idea on how to blend well fantasy with other genres such as drama and adventure.

She has an annoying high pitched voice and she is a boring villain.

We saw the movie tonight and while we both found it entertaining, I was disapointed in the fact that there was only a few bars of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky music.

The villian is one-dimensional, and by the end of the movie we have to just wonder whether Disney is capable of telling engaging stories or merely has to rely on the rent earning potential of "famous" stuff...

The only thing that prevented it from being the worst movie I have ever seen was the outlandish and detailed costume design.

The film is very boring.

There is no plot and character development, everything runs rushed and incomplete.

The visuals are really stunning, and the effects are beautifully done.

And it also gives the entire family a chance to sit and watch an entertaining film together.

The cinematography is absolutely STUNNING, the acting is great, and I there are a lot of innovative ideas that were incorporated into this classic story to make it feel refreshed and all the more interesting.

The CGI images are wondrously and seamlessly integrated with the "real" actors and the plot has all the necessary ingredients of an exciting and fanciful adventure.

And the movie dragged....

Just like its ballet versions, this was boring and nauseating to watch.

It is such a huge pity then that this movie is just dull, dull, dull.

With a budget of $120 million, the producers and visual artists had quite a bit to work with, but certainly not enough to match the effects of the most visually splendid films, such as Avengers: Infinity War ($316-400 million), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End ($300 million), and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ($200 million).

The story was slow and silly.

Main disappointment of the movie was the story was so predictable and typical...

The dialogue is flat and cliché.

Everyone in my group fell asleep.

The thing that makes it bad is not the story line, which has been overdone to death and was so predictable that me and the date called the ending several minutes before it ended.

Visually Stunning Movie with an Imaginative Story .

It's a beautiful coming of age story, perfect for young girls.

I fall asleep...

It was also so predictable.

Making it a confusing and unsatisfactory plot.

Very slow & boring, don't wast your time watching it

We don't really get much in the way of "action" until around 45 minutes into the film, which for a children's flick that's supposed to be about energy, is probably way too long for them.

yes even worse .. but we don't talk about that, lazy writing with a predicable plot, visually dull and cheap looking Effects, characters that are forgettable and dull stereotypes, with bad acting, granted the visuals can look nice at times, Mackenzie Foy is the only one putting on a good performance and Jame-Newton Howard's score is a delight, but that's not enough to save this train-wreck of a movie, I'm not exaggerating when I say it's one of the worst movies of the year and one of the worst movies of all time......

The acting felt contrived and the story was clunky.

Kids won't like it, because the scary visuals will scare them, and adults will find it boring.

I enjoyed the new take on the old tale a very fun whimsical story with obviously stunning effects.

It left me empty.

It's overly predictable, as well.

Sweat, exiting and highly enjoyable .

Whilst I struggled to stay awake my grandchildren were enthralled.

Total waste of money and time...

Please don't waste your time and money .

Pretty enjoyable and I also liked that Knightley's character had to shrink eventually and that the main character's attempts in convincing her that she is just acting from grief and not a bad person stayed unsuccessful as honestly it would have felt maybe a bit too forced for a happy ending with everybody being alive, happy, united and best friends all out of nowhere.

All in all, was super bored.

Too dull and scary for kids, too dumb for adults.

The trouble is, it's boring.

Despite Mackenzie Foy's very considerable effort in bringing depth to her performance, it simply resembled as uninspiring, flat, boring, and mediocre.

Nevertheless, a pretty good film that is entertaining for all the family and a wonderful visual treat

Disney trashed the original Nutcracker story and tried to force the now inevitable politically correct propaganda down our throats once again - only this time they have gone way too far.

A beautiful look cannot save the boring, lazy, sloppily put together, broken toy that is The Nutcracker and the Four Realms .

From the terribly yet laughable and cartoonish voice, monotone, and mannerisms that draws unfavorable comparisons to Helena Bonham Carter's whimsical style, this type of acting style does not work on Kiera Knightley's filmography and she's better off on handling roles of usual dramatic leading ladies of literature.

Please don't waste your time and money on this movie!

Predictable and boring.

Although of have decent visual effects, the story is so much simple, with irrelevant characters, the chemistry of protagonist doesn't work pretty well, and the villain is boring.

Personally, I thought that the girl who played Clara was bland and boring, and the ridiculous climax at the end was terrible.

Slow torture for kids and grownups alike, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms gives a bad name to the very concept of family entertainment.

Predictable plot and uninspired acting.

Even my kids were bored, and I am suspicious that I took here and there a little nap during the movie...

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a gorgeously filmed fairy tale, filled with absolutely stunning visual scenes.

Gorgeous and dull.

Its just and entertaining film for kids.

But it was nonetheless entertaining.

Morgan Freeman, Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren) is a joke, Cavalier (Omid Djalili) and Harlequin (Jack Whitehall) are really annoying, the SugarPlum is irritating, Shiver doesn't do much and Clara's family are kind of unlikable yup, so is the acting, it's super dull and not very memorable, the only one who is actually good is Mackenzie Foy, she does try and for the most part I think she is good, she's a lovely looking actress, she can do a good British accent and she does try and does succeed, everyone else I feel sorry for, these people are really damn good, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Keira Knightly, Richard E.

The sets are stunning and surprisingly, according to some of the interviews I've watched, most of it is not CGI.

This movie was delightfully weird and wonderful, and absolutely stunning, visually.

I was missing the humour that's normally used in Disney movies and it was actually kind of boring.

One of the most boring movie from Disney Studios.

I was really surprised how people did not pick up on this story line, but once you understand what the movie is actually about, its pretty enjoyable to watch.

I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I tried my best to enjoy it, but the movie is really boring.

The movie's dialog was so cliché that you could guess the next line, I just wasted my time during a flight watching this, the whole movie is just a boring commonplace

Some small variations of Tchaikovsky by the estimable James Newton Howard and very little ballet don't keep this adventure, influenced by Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz, from being enjoyable and at times thrilling.

Horrible movie don't waste time & money .

Overall very enjoyable!

Morgan Freeman played an enjoyable grand father and Mackenzie Foy did a good job.

It's hard to lean on the plot of a ballet that essentially has no plot.

it felt a over edited, maybe to keep the kids from getting bored.

The story is engaging and captivating, and I believe children will find it an exciting adventure.

beautiful and overall a great film rated an 8 because of certain characters I didnt find enjoyable.

An entertaining clever movie .

Actually an pretty enjoyable movie .

Fantastic production but a dreary story .

The Nutcracker and the "Bore" Realms .

Call it a theory but it's the only way I can justify those otherwise pointless scenes.

Boring .

I was so bored about the story that it totally killed my enthusiasm of waiting for a twist to come...

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is beautiful to look at, but the plot is really predictable and quite forgettable.

" and then I continued to be bored...

The worst movie I have ever seen!!!

Overall - it's a visually compelling film and is worth checking out for a new holiday treat.

Review: What a total waste of time and money!

Waste of time, money and brain cells .

The visuals are absolutely stunning and the music is wonderful.

Much of the acting was predictable ans mundane.

Think of any cliché that's in a fantasy movie where a character from the real world enters a fantasy world, and all or most of those clichés will be in this one.

Terrible generic and boring - and there is truly nothing more to say about this bubble-gum Barbie doll production.

This movie is not for everyone, but being a huge Disney fan; I really enjoyed it.

Boring and uninteresting interpretation .

Wonderful the scenes and locations, however what is lacking is the plot, easy and banal in several points, full of commonplaces.

Pretty, but predictable and bland as can be.

Adults that enjoy lavish scenery, intriguing architecture, and great costumes will also be satisfied.

I can't remember the last time I walked out mid movie from a fantasy film.

This is a more gentle coming of age movie.

It's also bland, boring, poorly written, cheesy, predictable as hell, and did I say boring?

That's why it adds a twist within half way within the movie, cause that's what's make it enjoyable and I do love the twist in story that Clara is the main character that she understands what she most do is right.

I watched it with my 9 year old son and he most definitely enjoyed it!

I was bored from the beginning to the end.

This newest version is the best by far and the whole family enjoyed it.

The girl is bad actressand the storyline is cheesy but it is enjoyable

At this point, your six year olds Nutcracker ballet will be more entertaining then this mess.

Save your money for Star Wars.

It's not the fall from grace that say, Maleficent felt like, but it's just a bland adaptation of beloved source material.

This acts as preparation for the abundance of stunning visuals headed our way throughout.

Literally waste of time .

Also there were a few confusing spots.

It's a good movie worth watching atleast once .

I found it slow and boring at times, with its relatively straightforward plot and sloppy editing, and wondered who it was aimed at - younger audiences would be scared by the menacing monsters, older children wouldn't be interested, and adults would probably enjoy the ballet more.

If you merely expect an entertaining movie, you'll be satisfied.

The sets are beautifully done and the characters are entertaining.

While it was enjoyable, it failed to live up to the expectations set by having The Nutcracker in its title!

Every other character except for Clara, like I said is very boring.

The film, on top of having a lot of over-familiar fantasy tropes, primarily suffers from a lack of emotion, magic and soul, all appearing in spurts (so at the beginning, the ballet sequence and the end), with much of the film feeling very hollow, flat characters that don't have much to engage properly with them let alone find them rootable and from feeling incomplete, disjointed and jumbled.

Well that was boring .

Boring characters, boring story, no love, no adventure, no suprises, absolutely no ("disney-")magic at all.

The rest of the cast, including the lead actor Mackenzie Foy as Clara ended up playing second fiddle to the aforementioned extravagant and colourful sets, which tended to overshadow a rather stodgy script.

Lackluster and the Bore Realms .

They filled the screen with intriguing scenes and glorious landscapes.

So much wasted potential, it's like Disney is on a mission to make terrible, boring waste of time movies..

Terrible story line, rather predictable and not interesting at all.

It was beautiful, adventurous, exciting with great creative acting and with a magical display of costumes and scenery.

Her fake voice makes you want to leave the cinema.

I was utterly bored up to the scene where Misty Copeland danced for Clara, which is basically the peak of the movie for me.

Adding to the disjointed feel and lack of cohesion in the story flow is the fact that two very different directors worked on the project.

Having four different lands in the story was utterly pointless as the montage of Clara touring them lasted all of about ten seconds.

I really like all disney movie, i do But in this movie so flat -..- i don't know backgound of the story and the explanation about conflict in the story, but still entertaining movie

The story itself is cliche as cliche could be, and that much is obvious within the first ten minutes wherein we learn the protagonist, Clara, is somehow a genius who knows Newton's laws of thermodynamics despite being a girl in Victorian London and this not having access to this type of education (so may argue The Godfather taught her, but it doesn't seem the case); the mother is dead, because it wouldn't be a Disney film without that; the father can't express emotion because of course we need the father/ daughter tension; etc. it's cliche after cliche with the movie.

It is entertaining and fun for the whole family.

The costumes were absolutely stunning and I love how they incorporated bits of ballet into the movie...


Every bit of the plot was predictable, there was no tension or high emotions in any of the scenes.

I quite enjoyed it.

The characters are underwhelming, the pacing is too slow, and the plot twists are so stupid that not even the charm brought by Mackenzie Foy or the dance number at the end make this movie a worthy watch.

the pace is to slow make you want to sleep ,.. the dialogue is boring, ...

Gorgeous sets but boring .

More like Nutcracker and the "Bore" Realms .

Utterly dull, predictable and lifeless .

Ok so I walked into the movie knowing all the reviews were terrible but I wanted to see for myself and I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw it wasnt bad at all the movie made me smile and laugh I really enjoyed it .

And it is boring as F, I honestly dozzed off during this film because it is just not interesting at all.

The visuals and costumes are stunning.

Don't waste your time.

The "twist", so to speak, was the most predictable thing ever.

BUT the story was dull and boring!

This had to be one of the worst movies I've ever seen.

Also used all the cliché things from Narnia, Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland and some other movies.

All I want is a reasonably lucid plot and entertaining characters.

Very boring .

Unwatchable .

The plot was tedious and without surprises.

Enjoyable for what it is .

Rubbish and boring .

The scenery and interior is probably influenced by Russia and France, the countries from which the ballet originate, and is absolutely stunning.

The story was okay as well, though predictable.

Featuring stunning sets and costumes and a good moral.

Enjoyable movie .

Despite this, the movie has flaws coming from the lack of a compelling story line, aside from Clara's inner struggles.

My kids loved it and I found it enjoyable, maybe it is because I am still a child at heart allowing me to still enjoy the fantastic.

But they're so painfully cliché - don't be surprised if both cause the adults in the audience to laugh out loud.

A boring version of Narnia .

kids really enjoyed it .

Many reviewers are wanting an exciting, or funny or edge of your seat film.

Don't get me wrong, I think kids would find this enjoyable anyway and there are some parts that earned a giggle and a wow.

They see it as a pathetic waste of time yet they themselves are the waste of time reading.

In a nutshell -no pun intended-, and at the risk of sounding cliché myself, "the book was better".

It feels like even children - especially in this era of on-demand entertainment and content saturation - will find the film annoying and predictable.

While it can work like in Coco, it has become a tired and uninteresting last minute cliche.

This movie was a waste of money for everyone, especially Disney.

The character are not characters, they are bland plot devices (Clara and the Nutecracker), glorified and irrelevant extras (like it sadly happens with the Flower king and the king of the land of snowflakes) or just swift cameos ( Morgan Freeman and Mother Gingerbread).

Being a huge Christmas freak, I enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone.

Even she was bored.

I took it as it was and it was fun and enjoyable to watch.

That in combination with the sativa edible I gobbled up in the parking lot began to take hold and suddenly for a few frightening moments the film was fascinating.

For a childrens' one, it was nice and entertaining.

However, as a re-imagined take on the traditional nutcracker story I found it to be enjoyable.

Mediocre, but worth watching just for Misty Copeland's ballet .

Boring, snoozefest, overacting, uninteresting, waste of money .

My bf fell asleep during it because of how slow and boring it was.

A fresh interpretation of the classic story was enjoyable and I'm not quite sure where all the negativity is coming from?

This movie seemed to lack any real depth and the plot was fairly predictable.

Its worth watching once if you love Disney fairytales.

Not even bad enough to be entertaining, just boring.

Yes- some of the acting and CG was not the best, but my 4 year old and 10 year old really enjoyed it.

The story is pretty predictable even to the 'plot twist', which is fine for a kids movie.

Everything seems predictable and lame, thus you get little to no satisfaction as problems are solved.

There are a couple a sequences that will bore young minds where things get explained that don't need to be explained.

Pretty enjoyable and magical.

Firstly the plot is boring and confusing and has no direction.

The latter would have been rectified if the mythology of the Fourth Realm was explained much more (because that was very underdeveloped and confusing), that the Four Realms in general were gone into detail in much more because we don't learn much about them and if it tried to do quite a lot less and had a more focused tone.

I was bored out of my mind throughout the whole movie and the movie isn't that long either, which is a good thing.

The story of gallant nutcracker fighting to protect the damsel who, in her own right, participates actively in the struggle against the evil mouse king, gets a "twist" that is utterly predictable.


I honestly did not like it, but I enjoyed it without getting bored.

The children in the theater were bored, many of them maniacally babbling to their parents about things I'm guessing they'd rather be doing.

I really enjoyed it.

The best part of this movie was the two seconds that Misty Copland danced at the party, but at least the end credits show a more extensive performance - just like a consolation prize that you got for sitting through this unbearable, predictable cliche bore of a movie.

Irredeemably boring.

The characters are really forgettable and very dull, I don't not have one favourite character in this movie which is a huge shame, Clara is such a generic hero and kind of a annoying and overdramatic brat, the Nutcracker is boring, Drosselmeyer is just Morgan Freeman playing...

Much to my dismay, it was one of the most boring movies I've ever seen.

If I want magic, I can go for the real deal, without risking to come out confused, bored or annoyed.

I finally decided to see just how bad it was and I actually enjoyed it.

Don't waste your money, this movie is terrible!!

boring story, predictable, not funny,

The visuals are great, the film looks beautiful and Mackenzie Foy gives a good lead performance but the film is boring and predictable and Keira Knightley is awful.

maybe they will get bored.

Wonderfully Entertaining .

I enjoyed it a lot, even though it is mostly thanks to the visual beauty.