The Huntsman: Winter's War Reviews

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April 23, 2016
When people gripe about Hollywood's reliance on sequels and cheap franchise cash-ins, this is the kind of movie they mean: no Grimm's Fairy Tale, but a grim tale nonetheless.
April 22, 2016
By cramming far too much material into 114 minutes, The Huntsman: Winter's War feels rushed and incomplete.
April 22, 2016
The script lifts so much plot from Disney's animated Frozen that it could qualify as a remake. No one sings "Let It Go," but my advice to audiences is to do just that.
April 22, 2016
Here's hoping that any future installment ditches the Huntsman the way that Snow White was shunted aside, because the evil queens are where it's at.
April 22, 2016
Freya is given the barest veil of a backstory while Ravenna just oozes ribbons of black bile (literally) for her own evil reasons. These women may be strong but they are never deep.
April 22, 2016
At least now we have an answer to the question, "Who's the dullest franchise of them all?"
April 22, 2016
Sampling Tolkien, Disney, and Grimm, The Huntsman: Winter's War lays on the pastiche in slabs, but no one is slouching here.
April 21, 2016
Every resonant theme or intriguing story possibility is stripped away and replaced with a ready-made franchise-movie conceit.
April 21, 2016
Nearly every major character dies and comes back to life at least once and a convoluted narrative yields not a single, palpable moment of drama.
April 21, 2016
Nah, queen.
April 21, 2016
The Huntsman: Winter's War is as beautiful as its macho lead actor Chris Hemsworth is handsome. The movie is also as vacuous, silly and boring as Hemsworth is awkward and awful in the title role.
April 21, 2016
The story loses direction like forest wanderers relying on a bread-crumb trail.
Top Critic
April 21, 2016
There would be use for a properly dark Frozen retelling, more in line with the original tale, where the afflicted actually uses her power for malfeasance. But Freya is a snow day late and a dollar short.
April 21, 2016
It serves as both a talent-squandering prequel and sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, while doing nothing more than name-check Snow White.
April 21, 2016
There is a decent movie buried in here somewhere, but with such powerhouse actresses, it's dismaying that it feels so regressive from the first.
April 21, 2016
Overall, "The Huntsman: Winter's War" feels like a movie that didn't need making, but at least it justifies it existence.
April 21, 2016
This incoherent screenplay seems to have been written by a roomful of the gorilla-like trolls who show up in the movie at one point.
April 21, 2016
[A] less-than-satisfying if occasionally entertaining fantasy romp that does feature some of the more talented actors on the planet.
April 21, 2016
While the funny, action-packed sequences are the best parts, they are indicative of the film's main problems: an inability to focus and an overly complicated plot.
April 21, 2016
Gowns aside, this thing's a snooze: Events unfold tediously, and there are many scenes in which extras with dirty faces, playing demoralized townsfolk, mill about in a desultory fashion.
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