Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

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Critic Consensus: 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
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PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sensuality)
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Action & Adventure , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Romance
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Cast

Kristen Stewart
as Snow White
Chris Hemsworth
as The Huntsman
Sam Claflin
as Prince
Ian McShane
as Caesar
Eddie Izzard
as Tiberius
Bob Hoskins
as Constantine
Ray Winstone
as Trajan
Nick Frost
as Nion
Eddie Marsan
as Hadrian
Toby Jones
as Claudius
Peter Ferdinando
as The Black Knight
Vincent Regan
as Duke Hammond
Liberty Ross
as Snow White's Mother
Noah Huntley
as King Magnus
Christopher Obi
as Mirror Man
Lily Cole
as Greta
Raffey Cassidy
as Young Snow White
Xavier Atkins
as Young William
Anastasia Hille
as Ravenna's Mother
Izzy Meikle-Small
as Young Ravenna
Elliot Reeve
as Young Finn
Mark Wingett
as Thomas
Dave Legeno
as Broch
Matt Berry
as Percy
Greg Hicks
as Black Knight General
Andrew Hawley
as Guard on Duty
Joey Ansah
as Aldan
Gregor Truter
as Duke's Commander
Tom Mullion
as Soldier
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Critic Reviews for Snow White and the Huntsman

All Critics (218) | Top Critics (47)

Theron gives the picture some spine. As Snow White, Kristen Stewart supplies the heart.

Full Review… | October 6, 2015
CNN.com
Top Critic

Strong effects, good design, and an exciting use of nature help to empower Stewart and Theron, who inject a rich, double dose of feminism.

Full Review… | October 6, 2015
San Diego Reader
Top Critic

If you don't walk out of the movie (as I was sorely tempted to do) you'll eventually get to meet the seven dwarfs... This touch of whimsy is welcome but comes too late to rescue the dark-hearted movie.

Full Review… | June 14, 2012
indieWIRE
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 1, 2012
ReelViews
Top Critic

Vastly superior to Mirror, Mirror in every way. Great work from Charlize Theron.

Full Review… | June 1, 2012
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 1, 2012
The Atlantic
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Audience Reviews for Snow White and the Huntsman

½

Of the endless adaptations of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," it was not expected that a Kristen Stewart-lead version would be enjoyable at all, but this is a surprisingly good film, not without it's flaws however; Following the origin of the titular character, audiences get to see a new version of where her character comes from, as well as a gritty take on her. Now, let me first start by saying Kristen Stewart is easily the weakest part of the film by far, which is frustrating, given her role in the film. This was expected however, due to the talent in Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron by her side for the majority of the picture. Not only does this film add changes to the classic tale, but it also delves into emotional storytelling that was never really present in the Disney adaptation, or something like "Mirror Mirror." Chris Hemsworth is the stand-out in my opinion, stealing the screen every time he appears. His back story, mixed with his quick-wit, really makes for an enjoyably bad-ass character with heart to back it all up. That being said, his character is surrounded by performers who seem to be phoning it in most of the time, and when he comes across the dwarves, they are very standard-looking (almost taken right out of a tolkein novel), which makes him stand-out even more. Hemsworth's performance is distractingly great in this film. The story itself does have some changes, but for the most part it is very similar, with a few dark tones added in. The war aspect was obviously the biggest addition, and while nobody ever would have pegged a Snow White adaptation to be like this, the action works it's way into this film very well. The climax is great and very fun to watch. The visual effects are pretty impressive for the most part and the story has nice arcs, stopping for tender moments between characters and picking up just before getting too boring. As a whole, this film succeeds more than most movie goers would expect it to. In my opinion, this is a very solid film all around. Since this story is as old as time, there is not much else to say here. "Snow White and the Huntsman" takes more time to be a good film than one might expect, despite a sluggish performance from Kristen Stewart and a slightly over long running time. There are a few instances of lazy dialogue, but they are forgiveable later on the in the film, as the are always made up for with an emotionally unexpected scene. This film is not great by any means, but it is very enjoyable when you have nothing else to watch. Therefore, I give this a nice recommendation to young adults. It is very much in that demographic. "Snow White and the Huntsman" is a treat for fantasy fans or action/adventure junkies alike. I might enjoy this movie more than most people, but it seems to get better and better upon each viewing. Very enjoyable film.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

There was a good idea in there somewhere---and several of the sequences are admittedly visually stunning---but ultimately Snow White and the Huntsman is a poorly developed film that takes itself too seriously and tries to accomplish too much with a thinly written, and unintentionally laughable screenplay. As an added flaw, the film badly steals from the vastly superior The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, which, unlike Huntsman, stands near the top of the fantasy genre.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

½

The darker tone is consistent with the German original tale but it is hard to overlook the problems of this adaptation: the dwarfs totally wasted, a pathetic love triangle that rivals that of Twilight, Bella Swan rapidly turning into a warrior as soon as required by the script, and so on.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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