Snow White and the Huntsman 2012

Critics score:
48 / 100

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Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine: 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. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: After a while, you just sit back and let the thing wash over you, marveling and giggling as necessary. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: 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... Read more

Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies: This slightly overstuffed entertainment rises, in part thanks to [Hemsworth], to one of the most pleasant surprises of the summer movie season so far. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: There is something exciting about how seriously "Snow White and the Huntsman" takes its themes. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: The movie's revisionist tone is startlingly enough to carry you along. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: 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. Read more

Tasha Robinson, AV Club: 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. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: "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. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: At its best, "Snow White and the Huntsman" feels less like a desperate blockbuster and more like a handmade object. Read more

Tom Charity, Theron gives the picture some spine. As Snow White, Kristen Stewart supplies the heart. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: 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. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: 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. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: 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. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: 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. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: 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. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter: 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. Read more

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times: 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. Read more

Christy Lemire, Associated Press: 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. Read more

Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News: 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. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: When Snow rides into battle wielding a sword, you want to tell her to put that thing down before she pokes her eye out. Read more

Rafer Guzman, Newsday: Is this movie trying to be "Excalibur" or "My Little Pony"? Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: [It] all feels like serious, pay-attention-now, schoolroom stuff - Shakespeare without the poetry, "Braveheart" without the performances. Read more

Linda Holmes, NPR: What dooms Snow White and the Huntsman is ultimately not how over the top it is, but how dull it is. Read more

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News: "Snow White and the Huntsman," a solemn but mostly savvy rewrite, is a welcome upgrade. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: Fails to realize the full potential of its ambitiously dark vision. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: A surprisingly fine, fantastic movie it is. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: 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. Read more

Richard Roeper, Richard Vastly superior to Mirror, Mirror in every way. Great work from Charlize Theron. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: "Snow White and the Huntsman" reinvents the legendary story in a film of astonishing beauty and imagination. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: 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. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, 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. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: 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. Read more

Dana Stevens, Slate: This over-crammed, disjointed, and lugubrious film is misconceived from the ground up. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: 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. Read more

Christopher Orr, The Atlantic: 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. Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: 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. Read more

Alonso Duralde, TheWrap: 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. Read more

Tom Huddleston, Time Out: Witless, heartless and dull. Even the Twi-hards are going to want their money back. Read more

Keith Uhlich, Time Out: 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. Read more

Linda Barnard, Toronto Star: 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. Read more

Scott Bowles, USA Today: 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. Read more

Brian Lowry, Variety: Handsome but hollow. Read more

Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice: 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. Read more

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post: A virtual orchard of toxic excess, starting with the unnecessarily sprawling cast of characters. Read more