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Blancanieves Reviews

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Matt Glasby

Suitably dark for a film with barely concealed undercurrents of child abuse and necrophilia. Fans of Mirror Mirror need not apply.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

September 22, 2013
Gerald Peary
Arts Fuse

"Blancanieves" is not as charming as "The Artist," but it's more sincerely a work of true silent cinema.

Full Review Source: Arts Fuse | Original Score: 3 stars

September 16, 2013
Donald Clarke
Irish Times

It hardly needs to be said that this fairytale is not really intended for children. In truth, few fairytales are.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 21, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

Wittily, ingeniously and movingly conflates the Grimm fairytale of Snow White and the story of Carmen.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

July 14, 2013
David Parkinson
Radio Times

What makes this so entrancing is Berger's mastery of image and tone, and the wondrous combination of glistening monochrome cinematography, evocative production design, glorious costumes and an exceptional score from Alfonso de Vilallonga.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 12, 2013
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London

Pablo Berger's brainchild is truly enchanting.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

July 12, 2013
Pamela Jahn
Electric Sheep

For all his command of ambitious and playful narrative ingenuity and apt technical flair, Berger's study in demonised female vanity and the power of true beauty favours atmosphere over frenzy - and achieves it in striking fashion.

Full Review Source: Electric Sheep

July 12, 2013
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

A wonderfully atmospheric, deeply romantic film.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 4/5

July 11, 2013
Peter Bradshaw

It feels saturated with pleasure: it is extremely pleasurable to watch, and shows every sign of having been extremely pleasurable to make.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 5/5

July 11, 2013
Rich Cline

This exquisite Spanish take on the Snow White fairy tale is in a different league from Hollywood's two recent attempts to retell the story: it's clever, artistic and emotionally thrilling

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

July 11, 2013
Andrew Schenker
Little White Lies

Blancanieves is a makeweight project, but its modest pleasures linger in the mind.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

July 11, 2013
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Will we soon get a movie every year, or every month, devoted to actors in silent-cinema slap doing kitschy dumb play to music-accompanied monochrome?

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

July 11, 2013
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

Will amuse and delight anyone who enjoys the Snow White story but always felt it needed more bullfighting. Happily, it will amuse and delight almost everyone else into the bargain.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/5

July 11, 2013
Stefan Pape

It's so well shot that you can't quite believe that everything is actually in colour in real life.

Full Review Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 4/5

July 11, 2013
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Gorgeous: lush with creamy black-and-white photography and bursting with passion...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

July 11, 2013
Matthew Turner

Hugely entertaining, amusingly gothic silent movie pastiche with imaginative direction, a darkly funny script, terrific characters and the best animal performance you'll see all year.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

July 10, 2013
Anna Smith
Time Out
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The running time is a bit indulgent, but the journey is delightful.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

July 9, 2013
Chris Buckle
The Skinny

Comfortably tops its bigger-budgeted contemporaries by every possible measure: it's more fun, more stylish and decidedly more memorable.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 4/5

July 5, 2013
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Strange and moody.... Cinema buffs will find it an intriguing curio, though.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B-

July 4, 2013
Simon Foster

Berger's stunning, if slightly overlong, film captures just how effective silent-era storytelling can still be.

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June 27, 2013
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