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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • PG
  • 1h 39m
  • 2018
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In Disney's magical take on the classic The Nutcracker, Clara wants a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box holding a priceless gift. A golden thread presented at her godfather's holiday party leads her to the coveted key--which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. There Clara encounters a soldier, a gang of mice and the regents of three magical Realms. But she must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger, to retrieve her key and return harmony to the unstable world.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Lacking a transporting yuletide story or dazzling dance routines, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a hollow holiday confection that's lovely to look at -- and easy to forget.
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Common Sense Media

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

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is Disney's live-action adaptation of the classic Christmas ballet about young Clara (Mackenzie Foy), who receives a special gift from her godfather (Morgan Freeman). Here, departing from the usual version of the story, Clara gains access to a magical, Narnia-like world called the Four Realms, where she meets a brave Nutcracker soldier (Jayden Fowora-Knight), the Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley), Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), and more. Expect some creepy scenes/characters that could be frightening to young kids, especially the Mouse King (he's a large, looming creature made out of thousands of small, teeming mice), Mother Ginger's unsettling security clowns, and a few battle scenes between opposing forces (swords are used). While there's no significant injury or death on-screen, main characters do face peril and betrayal, and both adults and children mourn the loss of Clara's beloved mother, Marie (her passing isn't shown, but her family is sad without her). Clara's interest in science/invention is celebrated, as are courage, perseverance, trusting yourself, and learning from your mistakes.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Fantasy, Family
  • Release Date:November 2, 2018
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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