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Blancanieves Reviews

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Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects

Far from an arthouse gimmick, Blancanieves marries style and story in a way that seems so obvious and fitting that it's a wonder why this film hadn't been made before.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: A-

June 2, 2014
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It oddly looks like a cross between a Guy Maddin and Tod Browning flick, one that couldn't keep its straight silent pic pretense without shooting for something more modern.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

February 3, 2014
Wesley Morris
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What Berger does with the actors, the sight gags, the close-ups, the music, the photography is close to perfection.

Full Review Source: Grantland

January 3, 2014
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

The best Snow White re-imagining produced in the last few years.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 4/4

December 15, 2013
Dennis Harvey
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This year's crowded field of Snow White movies has a winner, at least in terms of quality, in Pablo Berger's delightful Blancanieves.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 27, 2013
Sarah Nicole Prickett
Globe and Mail
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Berger, like his rad forebear Luis Bunuel, marries poetry to film.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail

November 27, 2013
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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While the story, shorn of its supernatural elements, is mired in abuse and tragedy, its effect is sensual and superficial.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

November 27, 2013
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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We're not in Disney's world. Berger knows his Grimm, and he suffuses his entrancing fairy tale with a moving sense of melancholy.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

November 27, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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From Spain, here's a miracle of fairy tale repurposing: a version of the Brothers Grimm's "Snow White," set in Spanish bullfighting country in the late 1920s. Writer-director Pablo Berger's Blancanieves goes all the way with its concept, and then further.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 27, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Alfonso de Vilallonga's music isn't mere accompaniment, it's a score with rich emotional resonance. The silents, as this film suggests, achieved aesthetic marvels before sound came along to set things back for a while.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

November 27, 2013
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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If you're looking for visual kicks, this offers plenty.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 27, 2013
Steve O'Brien
Total Film

It's a sumptuously told tale, shot with painterly visuals and edited with a cool, melodic rhythm.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

November 27, 2013

Given all the hoo-haa over The Artist - did it really win Oscars for Best Film, Director & Actor? 'Fraid so. - it's a surprise this splendid Spanish silent retelling of Snow White hasn't drawn more plaudits.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 8, 2013
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

This is a beautiful film to watch.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: A-

November 3, 2013

Inspired, perhaps, by The Artist, writer/director/producer Pablo Berger's handsome Spanish production (with English subtitles) updates the Grimm Brothers Snow White tale to the world of 1920s bullfighting - and, well, why not?

Full Review Source: Rip It Up | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 30, 2013
Ed Gibbs
The Sunday Age

An absolute delight: a thrillingly unpredictable romp that entertains with joyful and mischievous abandon.

Full Review Source: The Sunday Age | Original Score: 5/5

October 20, 2013
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

This is a beautiful film

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 18, 2013
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Bitter sweet moments are a-plenty and I still have a lump in my throat from the unforgettable final scene

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 18, 2013
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
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