Thursday, April 18, 2024

Disney’s $130 Million “Nutcracker and Four Realms” Panned by Critics, Gets a 26% from Critics, Faces Box Office Disaster


Disney’s “Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is so bad that reviews were embargoed until 8pm Wednesday night. The movie opens on Friday, and it’s apparently pretty bad.

As reviews flood into Rotten Tomatoes, the consensus is more or less “Yikes.” The two director film– it’s a messy situation with Lasse Hallstrom and Joe Johnston each getting credit–rated a lowly 26%.

As such, the only silver lining for “Nutcracker” is that another movie, Paramount’s “Nobody’s Fool,” must be much worse. There are no reviews yet and it looks like the studio won’t allow them until the last minute– meaning Thursday. So, that’s something.

“Nutcracker” was called out as a coming disaster months ago. It’s been trimmed down to 99 minutes and likely cost more than the $130 million that Disney has admitted to. But they’ve had so many hits this year, and have more coming, that it doesn’t matter. By next weekend, “Nutcracker” will just be a sore memory.

The AP: “To be frank, it rather limps to the goal line.”

Austin Chronicle: “Is it possible for a film to be entirely composed of filler? Pick up those tickets to your local ballet show instead, and dodge this bullet of mediocrity while funding the (actual) arts.”

New York Magazine: “There’s nothing grounding enough here; everything – the sets, the costumes, the performances – seems to drift off in a CGI haze.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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