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The Nutcracker in 3D

The controversial and critically panned 2010 fantasy film loosely based on the fairy tale.

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  • Dec 1, 2010
Okay, so here's what every holiday film needs and what this doesn't have: heart. But a heartless movie can still be fun... and this looks so bad it's awesome. Even Ed Wood, wouldn't have made this mess!

First off, you've got Nathan Lane as Albert Einstein, who oddly enough celebrates Christmas despite being Jewish, and gives Elle Fanning a Nutcracker named NC (who is really a child prince). Secondly, you've got a story updated to take place in a post-apocalyptic future where fascist Nazi-rats immolate toys. Thirdly, you've got motorcycles with machine guns, a monkey-man, flying robotic rat soldiers, and a Sugarplum Fairy dressed in a metallic dress.
Then add in the greed-factor of 3D and you've got a guaranteed flop sure to offend everybody. There's little left resembling either E.T.A. Hoffman's classic story or Pyotr Ilyich Tchikovsky's genius ballet.
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December 16, 2010
Still not sure about this one.
December 01, 2010
ok ok! I'll go see it! LOL!
December 01, 2010
Um...oh dear. I have very fond memories of the San Francisco Ballet's performances of the Nutcracker and many other since including my daughter's just last year. I don't want to scar those. I'm offended just reading the reviews--lol!
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review by . December 01, 2010
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Movies like “The Nutcracker in 3D” are the result of directors who put off having that long, thoughtful conversation with their inner child. Those of you expecting some facsimile of the original Tchaikovsky ballet will be sorely disappointed, as will those of you expecting an immersive 3D experience – this is probably the worst 2D-to-3D conversion since “The Last Airbender.” Those of you expecting a charming children’s fantasy will be bewildered and more than …
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The Nutcracker in 3D is a 2010 3D fantasy film and an adaptation of the ballet The Nutcracker directed by Andrei Konchalovsky. The film met with very negative reviews from critics in the United States.

Upon release in North America The Nutcracker in 3D was widely panned by critics. The film has managed a 0% "rotten", or 3.1/10 rating, on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on 19 reviews. It achieved a 15 out of a 100 "overwhelming dislike" score on fellow aggregate Metacritic, with no positive reviews, one mixed review and ten negative reviews. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times asked "From what dark night of the soul emerged the wretched idea for "The Nutcracker in 3D"?" Ebert went on to claim it as "One of those rare holiday movies that may send children screaming under their seats." 

Claudia Puig of USA Today accused the film of being "Contrived, convoluted, amateurish and tedious," and lampooned it for lacking any trace of ballet, unlike several versions of The Nutcracker in previous years. Entertainment Weekly reviewer Lisa Schwarzbaum was slightly less critical of The Nutcracker in 3D, awarding it a B+ and remarking "Attention, university film clubs: Here's your cult-ready midnight-movie programming.

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Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date: November 24, 2010
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: Andrey Konchalovskiy
Runtime: 110 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures, Freestyle Releasing
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