Mirror Mirror 2012

Critics score:
49 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine: Even if you're as annoyed by the movie as I was, you'll come out laughing the costumes. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: "Mirror Mirror'' is just a limp, jokey family film that wants to have its fairy tale magic and its hip irony, too. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: Yes, Tarsem Singh's goofy take on the "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" fairy tale looks the part; pity the characters had to open their mouths. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: All we get are scattered bits of cleverness, some hit and some miss. Read more

Forrest Wickman, Slate: Mirror Mirror is an odd little fantasia of a movie -- part jaunty adventure, part broad romantic comedy, part auteurist spectacle. Read more

Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies: ...one needn't be asking too much of Mirror Mirror in order to be at least occasionally disarmed by its pockets of genuine eccentricity. Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: While Mr. Singh knows how to make performers and sets look good, he has trouble putting them into vibrant, kinetic, meaningful play, which effectively means that he's a better window dresser than a movie director. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: Singh brings cheeky humor, an eccentric sensibility and an enchanting look to his re-imagined tale. Read more

Tasha Robinson, AV Club: All of Mirror Mirror is visually striking, even when it works on no other levels. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: Not all of the twists on the story work, but for the most part it's well-meaning, goofy good fun. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: Singh is much more skilled as a visual artist than a storyteller, and his artistic fortunes seem to rise and fall with the inspiration of his screenwriters. In this case he's lucked out. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: There's no center to Mirror Mirror, no sense that anyone involved knew what exactly what they were shooting for. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: Mirror Mirror is a film that's all picture and no propulsion, each scene static in a basic set-decoration color scheme of teabag and banana. Read more

Eric D. Snider, Film.com: An attitude of mischief and charm rather than outright satire. Read more

David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter: A twisted spin on the classic Snow White fairytale that strives for a humorous contemporary edge but mostly misses. Read more

Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times: A booster shot of testosterone lends kinetic kick to director Tarsem Singh's visually inventive interpretation, without shortchanging the requisite froufrou or sugarcoating the story's dark Oedipal heart. Read more

Newsday: Loved it! Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: The dwarves provide wonderful fun, Singh's visuals have true magic and Alan Menken's score is charming. Read more

Linda Holmes, NPR: It's a clever, luscious-looking fairy tale you really can take kids to - no allegedly family-friendly snot-and-fart humor here - and a bundle of high style and sharp wit and terrific performances for yourself. Read more

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News: It's charmless, shoddily executed and will surely be explained away by Roberts as the kind of film actors do "for their kids." If that's so, she should've done a better movie. Read more

Kyle Smith, New York Post: The screenwriters of this attempt to do a hip comedic take on the legend were licked by Page 5. Why did they keep going? Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: Everything looks, well, fantastic. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Perhaps the overriding problem with Mirror Mirror is that it mines territory so overworked that there's nothing new or valuable to be found. Read more

Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com: 'Mirror, Mirror' is a trippy version of the Snow White story. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: The dialogue is rather flat, the movie sort of boring, and there's not much energy in the two places it should really be felt: Between the Queen and Snow White, and between Snow and the Prince. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: Who wants to see a fairy tale that weighs a ton? Mirror Mirror reflects badly on everyone involved. Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: When the dust settles, all that's left are a few motes of lame comedy atop a few million bucks worth of overdressed sets. Call me Grumpy, but this seems less an adaptation than a random assault. Read more

Leah Rozen, TheWrap: Part of Mirror's problem is that the screenplay, credited to two writers and with a third getting a story credit, is all over the place. Read more

Cath Clarke, Time Out: 'Mirror Mirror' is as gaudily spectacular as you expect if you've seen director Tarsem Singh's films, 'The Fall' and 'Immortals'. Read more

Keith Uhlich, Time Out: Like all of Tarsem's films, story takes a backseat to visuals, and there's plenty to pop the eyes-love those life-size string-puppet assassins!-if not, ultimately, to stir the soul. Read more

Linda Barnard, Toronto Star: This rambling version of Snow White's tale is a pretty, spun-sugar confection, airy as a plate of Easter egg-coloured macarons and similarly devoid of substance. Read more

Christy Lemire, Associated Press: The dialogue and the action are, for the most part, rather dull and weirdly devoid of energy. Read more

Justin Chang, Variety: [It] ultimately suffers the same fatal flaw as Julia Roberts' evil queen: It doesn't really care about anything except how pretty it looks. Read more

Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice: Here, the familiar tale is retold with concessions to feminist self-determination and camp humor, bending the Grimm Brothers' tale without infringing on its basic beauty. Read more

Sandie Angulo Chen, Washington Post: As Snow White, actress Lily Collins is a washout. Read more