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      George Balanchine's the Nutcracker

      G Released Nov 24, 1993 1 hr. 32 min. Kids & Family Holiday Musical List
      50% 8 Reviews Tomatometer 62% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score In this live-action adaptation of Tchaikovsky's fantastical ballet, young Marie (Jessica Lynne Cohen) awakens to find that toys and mice have grown much larger, and a villainous rodent ruler begins to torment her. Coming to Marie's aid, however, is the Nutcracker Prince (Macaulay Culkin) who protects her from the evil mouse amidst lively dance sequences. Also inhabiting this dreamy realm is the Sugarplum Fairy (Darci Kistler) and her dashing cavalier (Damian Woetzel). Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jan 03 Buy Now

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      jacob b Well, at least Warner Bros. figured out that making a live-action Nutcracker film isn't worth the trouble since it was never about the plot. It was about the music and dancing so they just released a filmed version of a stage play instead. The choreography is great, the music is memorable and what little plot there is, most of the actors do okay communicating in body language. Shame they didn't take advantage of the film medium to capture the action in more unique angles that not even a front row seat would give you. But then again, this was long before Hamilton so maybe I shouldn't complain too much. Although it does have a feel unprofessional and better off seen at home than on the big screen. Seriously, there were times when I felt like I was watching the DVDs of my own primary school plays, only with far less breaking character to wave to my parents in the audience. And yes, Macaulay Culkin's in this and it was very much a case of stunt casting where I'm not even sure he even wanted to be there most of the time. Probably because of his father. Seriously, that guy wanted to put his son into virtually anything once Home Alone became a massive box office success. I'm not surprised that Culkin retired as soon as the first window of opportunity presented itself. This filmed version of the ballet is okay and is much better than Hollywood's attempts to make a big-budget blockbuster out of a practically plotless ballet but I think I'll stick with the Tom & Jerry film as my definitive version of the hard-to-adapt work. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member It was OK, but would have been better without Macaulay Culkin as the Nutcracker prince. He was only added because of his Home Alone film. Seeing the little brat made it barely watchable. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Awesome! I loved it :) Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie is sooooooo good. The dancing is amazing. A true holiday classic Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member The ballet wasn't as good as I remembered it. I wished this was a proper Hollywood movie rather than a filmed stage show. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Not the best it is not one I enjoy Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 05/28/18 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times The camera plants itself for a frontal view of the stage, and then there are closeups and reaction shots, all done by the numbers, generating no magic. Rated: 2/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review James Berardinelli ReelViews Rated: 2.5/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Pamela Bruce Austin Chronicle Rated: 3.5/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Macaulay Culkin, cast purely for marquee value, is particularly ill-at-ease as the Nutcracker Prince, doubtless distracted by visions of Nintendo games dancing in his head. Rated: 1.5/4 Dec 29, 2018 Full Review Ellen Dendy Common Sense Media Macaulay Culkin v. Mouse King in NYC Ballet treat. Rated: 4/5 Jan 1, 2011 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jul 2, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis In this live-action adaptation of Tchaikovsky's fantastical ballet, young Marie (Jessica Lynne Cohen) awakens to find that toys and mice have grown much larger, and a villainous rodent ruler begins to torment her. Coming to Marie's aid, however, is the Nutcracker Prince (Macaulay Culkin) who protects her from the evil mouse amidst lively dance sequences. Also inhabiting this dreamy realm is the Sugarplum Fairy (Darci Kistler) and her dashing cavalier (Damian Woetzel).
      Director
      Emile Ardolino
      Executive Producer
      Arnon Milchan
      Screenwriter
      Susan Cooper
      Distributor
      Warner Bros. Pictures, Atlantic Releasing Corp.
      Production Co
      Embassy International Pictures, Elektra Entertainment Group, Regency Enterprises
      Rating
      G
      Genre
      Kids & Family, Holiday, Musical
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 24, 1993, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 1, 2013
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $1.5M
      Sound Mix
      Stereo, Surround
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