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Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 211
Fresh: 101 | Rotten: 110

While it offers an appropriately dark take on the fairy tale that inspired it, Snow White and the Huntsman is undone by uneven acting, problematic pacing, and a confused script.

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 20

While it offers an appropriately dark take on the fairy tale that inspired it, Snow White and the Huntsman is undone by uneven acting, problematic pacing, and a confused script.

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In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White's beauty and power. -- (C) Universal Pictures

Sep 11, 2012

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All Critics (212) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (101) | Rotten (110) | DVD (2)

As far as live-action reimaginings of fairy tales are concerned, this is one of the more inventive ones and is unquestionably better than 2011's Red Riding Hood misfire.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (20)
ReelViews
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Vastly superior to Mirror, Mirror in every way. Great work from Charlize Theron.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Comments (30)
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Sanders does not (yet) share Guillermo del Toro's gifts, but he, too, has an eye for the beautiful and the grotesque, and for that entrancing borderline where the two meet.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: The Atlantic | Comments (10)
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Only Bob Hoskins as the blind seer Muir comes close to making us care. We can almost glean Snow White's heroic possibilities through his clouded eyes. As much as we'd like to, we certainly can't from Stewart's efforts.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comments (17)
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Some of the fairy tale effects are marvelous; but the odyssey from darkness to light is unduly long and sloggy, and Stewart, with her contemporary edge, seems to be acting in the wrong era.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (16)
Christian Science Monitor
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"Snow White and the Huntsman," a solemn but mostly savvy rewrite, is a welcome upgrade.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comments (8)
New York Daily News
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Like its vain Queen, it's so enamored of its own mirror image that it's hard to see past the style and get lost in the story. But as sheer spectacle, it delivers the goods.

March 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Maclean's Magazine
Maclean's Magazine

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January 26, 2014
Baret News

Director Rupert Sanders and actress Charlize help elevate this otherwise forgettable fairy tale.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Stewart's Snow White, meanwhile, pouts her lips, bats her bedroom eyes, and scarcely seems to have more on her mind than who might take her to the senior prom

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Movie, movie on the wall, who's the lamest of them all? In 'Snow White and the Huntsman' that distinction is pretty much up for grabs.

May 24, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

Visually impressive but a little hollow overall, not unlike its lead.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

If you're going to mess with a fairy tale, then you'd better mess with it well. "Snow White and the Huntsman" toes the line - very closely - but eventually falls on the right side of it, once you get past the first half hour or so.

March 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Tulsa World
Tulsa World

Thank God for Charlize Theron, who dials the crazy up to 'Warning: Panto!' As a result, she's the only one who looks like she's having any fun.

February 12, 2013 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

For all the money that was spent on "Snow White and the Huntsman," apparently there wasn't any allotment in the budget for enjoyment.

February 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

More puzzling than it is unwatchable, squandering some really quite exceptional moments under the weight of a dreary and dull tale.

December 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Twitch
Twitch

Dear god, is this thing setting us up for a sequel in which Kristen Stewart has to negotiate yet another love triangle?

December 17, 2012 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Avoids becoming yet another Twilight clone. If a sequel happens, it will be interesting to see what direction it takes.

October 8, 2012 Full Review Source: SciFiNow
SciFiNow

An impressive debut for Sanders - an entertaining, visually stimulating (but ultimately hollow) summer movie experience.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

Not much of anything makes sense, either as fairy tale or human drama.

October 1, 2012 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

With a harder commitment to the macabre, a recast lead and the abolishment of the love triangle, this could have been a minor classic.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat | Comments (2)
The Aristocrat

Not quite the fairest in the land, but certainly fair enough to keep you enchanted by the sets, costumes and a delightful Chris Hemsworth.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

A film like this should have easily been able to work, but it needed much better execution than these filmmakers gave it.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Too much of the film is mired in the bleak, gritty world of Hollywood Medieval Grunge...Have filmmakers never looked at medieval art? They had pretty colors back then, I'm almost certain.

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

long on blood and thunder and relatively short on emotional engagement

September 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

While it's a heavily flawed film, there's more good than bad to be found in this adaptation of the Grimm tale.

September 10, 2012 Full Review Source: FoxNews.com
FoxNews.com

Audience Reviews for Snow White and the Huntsman

Looking at the other critiques for this film simply leaves me speechless. Did Nurse Ratched not check to see if the other inmates at this asylum were indeed taking their meds?
Its the best fairy tale brought (that's right, we asked for them to bring it and they did, they brought it!) to film, bar none.
This is one, I'm thinking, that goes over the heads of this generation. I don't know why. Gonna need the next one (barring the zombie apocalypse) to appreciate this.
Charlize Theron's evil queen is delicious. Stewart's okay ... why they be hatin' on her so bad? CGI's great too.
April 22, 2014
ApeneckFletcher

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Many a dollar was spent on this dark re-imagining of the classic fairy tale; and while entertaining to a point (love the CGI), ultimately the film is hampered by the fact that, well, it's a fairy tale.

The concept here is solid, taking the fairy tale and attempting to give it more heft by introducing more modern motivations. However the script and dialog are atrocious and the acting, particularly that of Kristen Stewart as the title character leaves much to be desired. I feel Stewart was a poor casting choice, as was Chris Hemsworth as the other title character as his thick accent is at times unintelligible (and unfortunately he is the "narrator" of the early parts of the film).

The film starts earnestly enough, and the introduction of the evil queen (in an oddly over the top, almost Bondsian villain type performance by Charlize Theron who certainly has the presence for the role) is first rate, but then the film begins to slide. It seems Theron has "man issues", complaining that men just use women for their folly and then caste them aside. OK, so she woos the king, Snow's father and after marrying him, shoves a knife in his chest, while at the same time having her legions of warriors attack the castle, thus ensuring her ascent to power. However, for no discernable reason, she spares the life of Snow, and instead of killing her, locks her in a dank tower. Let me repeat, there is no reason for her to do this, and really no need for the script to go there either, as the whole "mirror, mirror" thing hasn't happened yet.

The film then borrows heavily from the Arthurian legend wherein the state of the land is directly tied to the spirit of the king. Since Theron is evil, the land suffers under her rule. We then later discover that Snow is goodness incarnate, the antithesis of Theron - a fact driven home as Snow mumbles the lord's prayer (and what a mistake that bit of script is, as there is absolutely NO indication of the Church being present in this mythical realm). This further echoes the Arthurian legend, as the Church was introduced via the search for salvation via the holy relic The Grail.

I found it interesting that much later in the film, under a bit of religious zeal, Snow becomes a warrior for "good" (and you can read whatever you want into that one - pagan cult meets Christianity for starters) - so you can infer that the message is that it's ok to fight for what's right (even if "right" like "truth" is subjective - you can quote Pontius Pilot on that one). Somehow I'm reminded of the convenience of the Qoran, wherein the Prophet states that it is a sin to kill, especially another muslim - but once a fatwa has been declared, all bets are off.

Thus far I've spent a great deal of ink informing you what is wrong with this film, and to be fair, far too little about what's right. I should mention that the cinematography and CGI on display here are first rate. So many very powerful images, especially concerning the queen, but also the seamless CGI of the dwarves - making the John Ryse Davies dwarf in the ring trilogy look amateurish by comparison. Here we have a trio of great Brit actors playing 3 of the 7 dwarves - Ian McShane, Ray Winstone and particularly Bob Hoskins, who is so very sincere as the blind, seer dwarf. Otherwise, it is nice to see these Brit lions, but really, they aren't given much to do dramatically. And yet, the scenes in the fairy forest (and in truth the fairies themselves) are magical - if only the same could be said for the balance of the action (though I wonder why it was required for the dwarves to twice break into song - some odd kind of homage to Disney? Hi Ho - I don't think so!!!).

But, back to the missteps - why oh why do these types of films insist that the villains all take time out to gloat over their supremacy - thus giving the opposition the opportunity to turn the tables? When the queen's brother has been charged to find Snow and bring her back, he inexplicably looses sight of the goal and goes off the rails in some unexplained vendetta against the Huntsman. The same goes for queeny - she has what she wants in her grasp, and yet decides to toy with Snow - once again showing the dangers of extreme hubris; but her actions make no sense - nor does the final bit where Theron brags that she cannot be defeated - and that she has lived a dozen lifetimes and ruled as many countries.... Ok, if she is that powerful (and the cool CGI would indicate that yep, she's got the goods), then why is she not still ruling those many countries?

In closing I'd like to mention that while Theron is screaming this bit of braggadocio, she is standing within a fire that, while raging all around her, does not burn. I was immediately reminded of the Ursula Andress film from the 60's called She - if you've seen that film then you know what I mean.

The film closes with a bit of pomp and circumstance as Snow is crowned queen - in the back of the room, the huntsman gives her a knowing look... which conveys what??? Who knows?
April 15, 2013
maxthesax
paul sandberg

Super Reviewer

Zzzzz. Serious snooze-fest. Some pretty (not just talkin' about Thor) but you saw all of that in the preview. If you're looking for a reason to contemplate your ceiling for a few hours, this is probably a good choice, though.
April 1, 2013
Julie

Super Reviewer

An overlong, uneven, but mostly well-acted update on the Snow White fairytale, this live-action version features stunning visual effects, a terrific performance by Charlize Theron, and some gorgeous cinematography as well. Kristin Stewart is getting better, but she is still reduced to nothing more than grimacing and/or pouting. The plot has some holes, and the script isn't the best; some lines are quite cringe-worthy, but the costumes and visual effects make for an entertaining, and appropriately dark take on the classic fairy-tale.
January 10, 2013
Raymond Wieser

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    1. Snow White: I would rather die today than live another day of this death.
    – Submitted by Michael R (19 months ago)
    1. Ravenna: Mirror, mirror, on the wall. Who's the fairest of them all?
    2. Mirror Man: It is you, my queen. Yet another kingdom falls to your glory. Is there no end to your power and beauty?
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (20 months ago)
    1. Ravenna: Do you hear that? It's the sound of battles fought and lives lost. It once pained me to know that I am the cause of such despair, but now their cries give me strength. Beauty is my power.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (23 months ago)
    1. Snow White: I would rather die than live another day of this death!
    2. Greta: What will happen to me?
    – Submitted by Josh L (23 months ago)
    1. Ravenna: Let them break their skulls on these stone walls.
    – Submitted by Josh L (23 months ago)
    1. Finn: I admire your fight, Huntsman. Your wife was the same.
    2. The Huntsman: What do you know of my wife?
    3. Finn: I remember them all. But especially the ones with fight. She screamed your name but you weren't there. Now you can beg her forgiveness in the other world.
    – Submitted by Patricia I (24 months ago)
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