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: 92 out of 340 found boring (27.05%)

One-line Reviews (276)

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.

My kids certainly enjoyed it too.

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

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

Whilst I struggled to stay awake my grandchildren were enthralled.

one of the most boring movie from Disney Studios .

what a waste of time.

Much of the acting was predictable ans mundane.

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...

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

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).

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.

Story is too simple, boring and predictable.

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

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

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.

And the movie dragged....

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

Boring enough .

Horrible movie don't waste time & money .

Entertaining for Me .

Rubbish and boring .

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

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.

Very Enjoyable and kid friendly .

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

boring story, predictable, not funny,

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

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

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.

The visuals are great but the film is boring and predictable and Keira knightley is awful.

The visuals are absolutely stunning.

fell asleep.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The direction did feel a little dull with the film.

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.

All in all, was super bored.

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

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

The plot was tedious and without surprises.

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.

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.

Boring, mundane dialogues not worthy of Disney.

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

Even the dialogue is bland, boring, and flat.

A Total Trite Affair .

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

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

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

Boring and uninteresting interpretation .

Visually Stunning Movie with an Imaginative Story .

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

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

Enjoyable movie .

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

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

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


" 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.

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

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 .

Don't waste your time or money

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

BUT the story was dull and boring!

Not perfect, but entertaining .

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.

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

Expensive cliché .

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

Overall very enjoyable!

Very enjoyable retelling of a classic .

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

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

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

I enjoyed the changes and the scenery was breathtaking.

" and then I continued to be bored...

Boring and is wasted of money .

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

It was also so predictable.

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

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

Everyone in my group fell asleep.

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.

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

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

A boring version of Narnia .

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

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.

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

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

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

Literally waste of time .

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

The film is very boring.

Boring .

Predictable plot and uninspired acting.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

The worst movie I have ever seen!!!

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

Boring to the extreme .

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

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.

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

Please don't waste your time and money .

Predictable .

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

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...

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 plot, acting, and score were all exceptionally boring.

An entertaining clever movie .

The trouble is, it's boring.

Very boring .

The dialogue is flat and cliché.

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

The story was okay as well, though predictable.

I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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

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.

This is a more gentle coming of age movie.

Review: What a total waste of time and money!

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.

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

Pointless and blank....

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.

Absolutely waste of time.

Save your money for Star Wars.

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

I quite enjoyed it.

I really enjoyed it.

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

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

Irredeemably boring.

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

boring .

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

Utterly dull, predictable and lifeless .

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

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

so cliche.

Horrible movie don't waste your time and money.

Extremely boring

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

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

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

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

Also there were a few confusing spots.

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

Bland .

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.

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.

The enjoyable moments included 2 styles of dance.

but its predictable.

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......

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

Pretty, but predictable and bland as can be.

The acting felt contrived and the story was clunky.

I was bored from the beginning to the end.

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.

One of the most boring movie from Disney Studios.

Enjoyable in that kiddy Christmas way .

Thrilling comes to mind.

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

Making it a confusing and unsatisfactory plot.

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

It's overly predictable, as well.

Still, it is quite predictable and not truly touching.

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 visuals are absolutely stunning and the music is wonderful.

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

Waste of time, money and brain cells .

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

to slow and flat .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Predictable and boring.

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

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

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).

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

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

Lackluster and the Bore Realms .

Worst Movie I've Ever Seen in 2018 .

Gorgeous and dull.

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

But it was nonetheless entertaining.

Actually an pretty enjoyable movie .

The Nutcracker and the "Bore" Realms .

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

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

The sets are beautifully done and the characters are entertaining.

It is entertaining and fun for the whole family.

Its just and entertaining film for kids.

Enjoyable fairytale .

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.

Featuring stunning sets and costumes and a good moral.

More like Nutcracker and the "Bore" Realms .

So boring and no heart .

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.

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

Total waste of money and time...

If you enjoyed it that would be a mistake.

Aside from that skip this waste of time.

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

Stunning story!.

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.

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

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

It left me empty.

The film is boring, the acting is dull and ridiculous at times from most actors (they never try to do anything outside of their script to put some emotion into their characters), the CGI (surprisingly) was pretty terrible and I was surprised to see such a mess of things happening on the screen at once (I hate when films overuse it, it takes away from my experience), the action is pathetically choreographed, the plot is dull and forgettable, the dialogue is horrible (but like absolutely horrible mind you), and this film doesn't do anything more than meet Disneys agenda.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Sweat, exiting and highly enjoyable .

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

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

Unwatchable .

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

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

Wonderfully Entertaining .

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.

It's an enjoyable movie.

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.

maybe they will get bored.

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

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

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 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.

Most part of the movie is very boring.

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

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

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

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.

Her fake voice makes you want to leave the cinema.

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

I fall asleep...

Enjoyable family movie .

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.

We really enjoyed it!

When I watch this movie, I fall asleep.

I didnt stop yawning and rolling my eyes watching it.

Even she was bored.

I enjoyed it.

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

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

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