17 Songs, 1 Hour 6 Minutes


Mastered for iTunes


Mastered for iTunes

Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5
18 Ratings
18 Ratings

Let down.

The music in the trailers was superb but the soundtrack I just listened to is subpar at best. Highly disappointed.

Trains won't stop 4 u


How are you going to have a nutcracker movie and not even have “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” in the soundtrack. They had an excellent score for the trailer, but for whatever reason you will not find that in this soundtrack. I waited MONTHS for this. In fact, I never write reviews on here, but I am so angry about not having one song. To be fair, music is decently written, but not enough real nutcracker music. Next time don’t tease everyone with something incredible in the trailer that’s not even in the soundtrack. That’s like putting an epic scene in the trailer and then it’s not in the movie. 1 Star.



When I first watched the trailer I was so excited for this soundtrack to come out! Now that it has..it is nothing like I expected. Besides the very minimal few notes from Tchaikovsky’s original work, it doesn’t have any of those amazing pieces that I was excited to hear. If you were wanting to hear your favorite Nutcracker pieces with a Hollywood twist look else where.

About James Newton Howard

Pianist, producer, and composer James Newton Howard scored over 60 films beginning in the mid-'80s, including The Fugitive, The Prince of Tides, Pretty Woman, Glengarry Glen Ross, Batman Begins, Michael Clayton, and the Hunger Games series. Howard began taking classical piano lessons at the age of four, playing on a piano owned by his grandmother, who was the Pittsburgh Symphony's concertmaster and violinist during the 1930s and '40s. He went on to study at the USC School of Music and at the Music Academy of the West (in Santa Barbara, California) with Reginald Stewart and Leon Fleisher. He also studied under orchestrator Marty Paich, who would later conduct some of Howard's scores. After graduating from college, Howard joined a short-lived rock band, then worked for a couple of years as a session musician with artists including Diana Ross, Ringo Starr, and Harry Nilsson. In 1975, he joined the band of the most popular artist of that time, Elton John, toured with him during the mid-'70s, and later re-joined for a tour in 1980 and again in 1986. Over the years, Howard has worked as a songwriter, producer, or arranger with the such artists as Cher, Earth, Wind & Fire, Rickie Lee Jones, Olivia Newton-John, Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Toto, and more. He has received numerous Oscar nominations, and won an Emmy Award for his theme for the television show Gideon's Crossing and a Grammy Award in 2009 for his work on The Dark Knight. Those accolades brought continued high-profile film work, such as 2012's The Bourne Legacy, the Hunger Games franchise, and the Huntsman film series. He made his debut in the J.K. Rowling wizarding universe with 2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The following year saw Howard score the American legal drama Roman J. Israel, Esq. ~ Joslyn Layne

Los Angeles, CA
June 9, 1951