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Snow White and the Huntsman Reviews

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Tom Charity
CNN.com
October 6, 2015
Theron gives the picture some spine. As Snow White, Kristen Stewart supplies the heart.
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David Elliott
San Diego Reader
October 6, 2015
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Leonard Maltin
indieWIRE
June 14, 2012
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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 1, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
June 1, 2012
Vastly superior to Mirror, Mirror in every way. Great work from Charlize Theron.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
June 1, 2012
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.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 1, 2012
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 1, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 1, 2012
"Snow White and the Huntsman," a solemn but mostly savvy rewrite, is a welcome upgrade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 1, 2012
A virtual orchard of toxic excess, starting with the unnecessarily sprawling cast of characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 1, 2012
There are many splendid reasons to see Snow White and the Huntsman - enough, maybe, not to care that neither Snow White nor the Huntsman rank high among them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 1, 2012
Fails to realize the full potential of its ambitiously dark vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 1, 2012
Is this movie trying to be "Excalibur" or "My Little Pony"?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 1, 2012
Perhaps the best thing about "Snow White and the Huntsman" is it doesn't smirk at itself. It plays out as a story about mortality and greed and oppression in a fantastical world, but it doesn't act as if anything is silly.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
May 31, 2012
There will be lots of versions of Theron's evil queen running around West Hollywood this Halloween; it's a performance that's one part Tilda Swinton to 30 parts Faye Dunaway, the sort of over-the-top craziness that spawns midnight screenings.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 31, 2012
A slow, boring film that has no charm and is highlighted only by a handful of special effects and Charlize Theron's truly evil queen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
May 31, 2012
Stunningly shot and inconsistently acted and written, Snow White has enough visual fireworks to keep the film afloat, even if star Kristen Stewart can't get out of Twilight mode.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 31, 2012
It is an absolute wonder to watch and creates a warrior princess for the ages. But what this revisionist fairy tale does not give us is a passionate love - its kisses are as chaste as the snow is white.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 31, 2012
The director sets a heart-pounding pace, pausing only for such interludes as Snow White's encounter with seven dwarfs who could not be more distant from their Disney forebears.
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May 31, 2012
What dooms Snow White and the Huntsman is ultimately not how over the top it is, but how dull it is.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 31, 2012
The film has the DNA of a blockbuster and the soul of a haunting folk tale. It is as dangerous, dark, intelligent and beautiful as its wraithlike villainess.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 31, 2012
Snow White and the Huntsman has a darkness that seeps into the soul - but it's also definitely a missed opportunity. Director Rupert Sanders loses his nerve just when the story starts cooking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 31, 2012
A surprisingly fine, fantastic movie it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
May 31, 2012
Rare among the recent fairy tale adaptions (from Mirror Mirror to the dreadful Red Riding Hood) the invigorating Snow White and the Huntsman actually breathes new life into an old story.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
May 31, 2012
Sanders makes all the mistakes of a neophyte filmmaker, but doing it with such a massive budget leads to a cinematic hodgepodge of fractured fairy-tale imagery, computer-generated menacing forests and gamboling, turtle-riding fairies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 31, 2012
There is something exciting about how seriously "Snow White and the Huntsman" takes its themes.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
May 31, 2012
This over-crammed, disjointed, and lugubrious film is misconceived from the ground up.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 31, 2012
The only one who comes out of this odd pairing unscathed is Walt Disney, looking smarter than ever for boiling the tale down to its mythical essence way back in 1937.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Brian Lowry
Variety
May 31, 2012
Handsome but hollow.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 31, 2012
At its best, "Snow White and the Huntsman" feels less like a desperate blockbuster and more like a handmade object.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 31, 2012
[It] all feels like serious, pay-attention-now, schoolroom stuff - Shakespeare without the poetry, "Braveheart" without the performances.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 31, 2012
When Snow rides into battle wielding a sword, you want to tell her to put that thing down before she pokes her eye out.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
May 31, 2012
A bold rethinking of a familiar old story and striking design elements are undercut by a draggy mid-section and undeveloped characters in Snow White and the Huntsman.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 31, 2012
This "Snow White" is one of those revisionist fairy tales in which the princess takes control of her own destiny. A different actress might have been able to sell that, but Stewart can't...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
May 31, 2012
Huntsman feints at being the Snow White retelling no one has ever seen before, but ultimately becomes the "been there, done that" of fairy-tale filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 31, 2012
"Snow White and the Huntsman" reinvents the legendary story in a film of astonishing beauty and imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 30, 2012
It turns into a clangy medieval epic, full of random woodland monsters and battles, and it begins to lose the pulse of its fairy-tale mystique. It's like watching Clash of the Titans IV: Revenge of the Blood Apple.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 30, 2012
I resisted this derivative mishmash of classic fairytale and modern epic fantasy for as long as I could, but ultimately it swept me up into its geeky but manly embrace and carried me away on a white charger.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 30, 2012
After a while, you just sit back and let the thing wash over you, marveling and giggling as necessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 30, 2012
"Snow White and the Huntsman" never quite delivers on its promise -- a dark retelling of the fairy tale in which women hold the true power, good and evil -- but it certainly is an attractive misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
May 30, 2012
Snow does earn top billing, but don't be fooled: This film belongs to the Oscar-winning Theron, who sinks her talons into the killer part, making every snarl and outburst such wicked, cruel fun to behold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
May 30, 2012
This slightly overstuffed entertainment rises, in part thanks to [Hemsworth], to one of the most pleasant surprises of the summer movie season so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 30, 2012
Astonishingly beautiful and breathtaking in its brutal imagery, Snow White & the Huntsman is thrilling and frightening in equal measure, yet as bereft of satisfying substance as a poisoned apple.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
May 29, 2012
A film that's considerably longer than it needs be, in which the evocative eloquence of storybook pictures is consistently garbled by the need to overexplain and psychoanalyze.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 29, 2012
The film ... proceeds with a deliberateness rare in a big-budget franchise starter; you can sense the hand of coscreenwriter Hossein Amini (Drive) in the story's always involving, slow-build structure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
May 29, 2012
Witless, heartless and dull. Even the Twi-hards are going to want their money back.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 28, 2012
The movie's revisionist tone is startlingly enough to carry you along.