It may be the time of year for sugar plum fairies, but the reviews for “The Nutcracker in 3D” haven’t been so sweet.

“From what dark night of the soul emerged the wretched idea for The Nutcracker in 3D?” -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Spectacularly misconceived, bloated and incredibly ugly.” – Lou Lumenick, New York Post

“So many terrible ideas that the terrible execution is almost irrelevant: Even if the film were well done, it would still be a travesty.” – David Edelstein, New York Magazine

Yikes.

But how could a retelling of a beloved Christmas classic go so horribly, horribly wrong?

“I think when the response is so virulent and nasty, there’s something more at work than just dislike of a film,” Chris Solimine, who co-wrote the screenplay with director Andrei Konchalovsky, told FOX411.com exclusively. “It’s almost as if we drowned puppies!”

Instead of the traditional ballet set to the classical music of Tchaikovsky, the movie-filmed in 3D-takes a few artistic liberties.

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