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Blancanieves Reviews

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
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
Peter Keough
Boston Globe
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Had Berger gone deeper into Rafita's sad passion he might have passed beyond the safe frontiers of Disney and into the twisted realm of Bu˝uel.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

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
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
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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The Brothers Grimm would have been surprised, possibly amused.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 17, 2013
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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A sensual and sophisticated retelling of a beloved fairytale re-imagined as a homage to European silent cinema, Spanish writer-director Pablo Berger's black-and-white Blancanieves will leave you transfixed.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 30, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Most films are experiences to be ignored or at best forgotten. "Blancanieves" is a little classic to be treasured.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

April 25, 2013
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It is a full-bodied silent film of the sort that might have been made by the greatest directors of the 1920s, if such details as the kinky sadomasochism of this film's evil stepmother could have been slipped past the censors.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

April 25, 2013
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Blancanieves, which won 10 Goyas (Spain's equivalent of the Oscars) and was a smash hit in its native Spain, has traces of a kinky undertone and an uncommon willingness to embrace the darkness inherent in this fairy tale.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

April 11, 2013
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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As if bewitched, the legend of Snow White is transferred to Seville in the early twentieth century and transformed into high melodrama.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

April 8, 2013
John Anderson
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Sensuous, mischievous, hotblooded retelling of the old Teutonic fairy tale.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 4, 2013
Jordan Hoffman
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This gorgeous silent film is an unexpected gift from the gods of pure cinema.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 8.7/10

March 29, 2013
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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The purest, boldest re-imagining of silent cinema yet.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 29, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It creates something new out of something old. And it does it by treating a treasured children's story with the grown-up respect it deserves, and retelling it with a smile - but never a wink.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 29, 2013
Ella Taylor
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A grotesquely beautiful new take on the Snow White fable by Spanish writer-director Pablo Berger.

Full Review Source: NPR

March 28, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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In an attempt to be both modern and traditional, this gorgeously made film ends up betwixt and between.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

March 28, 2013
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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"Blancanieves" deftly blends cinematic antiquarianism, period atmosphere and primal emotions.

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

March 28, 2013
Noel Murray
AV Club
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Blancanieves' plot is gimmicky, but Berger mainly uses it as a line on which to hang one craftily shot and cut setpiece after another ...

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

March 28, 2013
Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
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So witty, riveting, and drop-dead gorgeous that moviegoers may forget to notice that they can't hear the dialogue.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 26, 2013
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Verd˙ so fully dominates the drama as the gold-digging stepmother-all arched eyebrows and curled lips-that you wonder how much we've lost in the transition to sound.

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

March 26, 2013
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