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Blancanieves Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 3, 2014
What Berger does with the actors, the sight gags, the close-ups, the music, the photography is close to perfection.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
November 27, 2013
This year's crowded field of Snow White movies has a winner, at least in terms of quality, in Pablo Berger's delightful Blancanieves.
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Sarah Nicole Prickett
Globe and Mail
November 27, 2013
Berger, like his rad forebear Luis Bunuel, marries poetry to film.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 27, 2013
While the story, shorn of its supernatural elements, is mired in abuse and tragedy, its effect is sensual and superficial.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 27, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 27, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 27, 2013
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.
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
November 27, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
November 27, 2013
If you're looking for visual kicks, this offers plenty.
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Anna Smith
Time Out
July 9, 2013
The running time is a bit indulgent, but the journey is delightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 17, 2013
The Brothers Grimm would have been surprised, possibly amused.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
May 30, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 25, 2013
Most films are experiences to be ignored or at best forgotten. "Blancanieves" is a little classic to be treasured.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 11, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
April 8, 2013
As if bewitched, the legend of Snow White is transferred to Seville in the early twentieth century and transformed into high melodrama.
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 4, 2013
Sensuous, mischievous, hotblooded retelling of the old Teutonic fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
March 29, 2013
This gorgeous silent film is an unexpected gift from the gods of pure cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.7/10
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
March 29, 2013
The purest, boldest re-imagining of silent cinema yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 29, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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March 28, 2013
A grotesquely beautiful new take on the Snow White fable by Spanish writer-director Pablo Berger.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 28, 2013
In an attempt to be both modern and traditional, this gorgeously made film ends up betwixt and between.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 28, 2013
"Blancanieves" deftly blends cinematic antiquarianism, period atmosphere and primal emotions.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
March 28, 2013
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 | Original Score: B+
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
March 27, 2013
...isn't about the deteriorating commercial hoopla surrounding silent cinema a la "The Artist" but rather a pure celebration of the medium's power.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
March 26, 2013
So witty, riveting, and drop-dead gorgeous that moviegoers may forget to notice that they can't hear the dialogue.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
March 26, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5