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The Nutcracker (1993)




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A magician with secrets, an enchanted gift, a guiding angel and a visit through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets: it must be the holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. This now-classic Royal Ballet production creates the world of the 19th-century onstage, with a Christmas tree that magically grows and toy soldiers that come to life! Starring Roberta Marquez and Steven McRae.

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Macaulay Culkin
as The Nutcracker
Bart Robinson Cook
as Herr Drosselmeier
Darci Kistler
as Sugarplum Fairy
Kyra Nichols
as Dewdrop
Kevin Kline
as Narrator
Tom Gold
as Candy Cane
Lourdes Lopez
as Hot Chocolate
Nilas Martins
as Hot Chocolate
William Otto
as Mother Ginger
Edward Bigelow
as Grandfather
Robert LaFosse
as Dr. Stahlbaum
Heather Watts
as Frau Stahlbaum
Roma Sosenko
as Columbine
Robert Lyon
as Mouse King
Katrina Killian
as Harlequin
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Critic Reviews for The Nutcracker

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

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.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

December 29, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Macaulay Culkin v. Mouse King in NYC Ballet treat.

January 1, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Kistler is cold and emotionless, but the dancing is euphoric

December 21, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for The Nutcracker


I saw this live when I was little. I wonder if Macaulay Culkin was the Nutcracker Prince then? It is a really good ballet and brings back good memories.

Dannielle Albert
Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer


We used to see this in elementary school in music class and, like the stage ballet, has boring parts and parts that are just amazing.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

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