After gazing at those fantastic trailers, we finally saw Snow White and the Huntsman open in theaters. We had a bunch of questions: would we be able to shake our image of Kristen Stewart as Bella from Twilight? Would Charlize Theron be scary enough? Would the story live up to the great amount of visual effects we saw in the trailers? Finally, those questions are answered.
There haven't been any positive reviews for Snow White and the Huntsman but if they appear they will be featured here.
Thought it was Okay
Score: Rotten, 52%
"Sanders creates some wonderfully evocative visuals, but they're just fleeting moments of beauty that can't compensate for the slow, tedious story."- Josh Bell
"Sanders has approached a classic fairy tale with a few strong visual ideas and a very game Charlize Theron, and it's almost impressive how little he's managed to make of it."- Katey Rich
"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."- Andrew O'Hehir
Score: 3.5/5 stars
""Snow White and the Huntsman" reinvents the legendary story in a film of astonishing beauty and imagination. It's the last thing you would expect from a picture with this title."
"Sanders shows a skilled hand for conjuring up dramatic contexts, presenting characters, making actors look good and stirring up threatening moods. He's less effective at maintaining interest over the long haul of the midsection's lengthy journey, as the huntsman leads Snow White through the dreaded forest to a village of women and children and on to a land known as Sanctuary, a once-enchanted home to dwarfs, sprites and unique animals that has come upon hard times since the evil queen has been in power."
"Attention Team (Kristen) Stewart, even if she has lips as red as blood, and hair as dark as night, her acting in this film is as nauseously zombified as Twilight’s. For reasons beyond my comprehension, the role of Snow White doesn’t steer off much than Bella Swan. The exception: in this one she obtains body-armor, a sword and gets to sucker a bunch of guys (sound familiar?) into battle for purposes of saving her people."
"Had it trusted to the native charm of its cast and the sensory seduction of its often-astonishing images to humbly, naively retell its story, this Snow White might have been something special. Instead, it's defined by an overall bagginess that betrays a lack of any abiding authorial pattern. "
"Snow White & the Huntsman" - Astonishingly beautiful and breathtaking in its brutal imagery, thrilling and frightening in equal measure, yet as bereft of satisfying substance as a poisoned apple. Director Rupert Sanders' revisionist take on the classic Brothers Grimm fable upends expectations of traditional gender roles while simultaneously embracing what a fairy tale should be. It's dark and dangerous, vicious and violent. And yet the performances - notably from Kristen Stewart as the title character - don't always live up to the film's visionary promise."
"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."
Score: 2/5 stars
"The biggest disappointment is our wicked witch. Ravenna introduces her hatred of the male species with a potentially nudge-nudge line (“I was ruined by a king once”), but Theron plays it ominously straight. Where Julia Roberts in Mirror Mirror gave us winking, queeny fun, and actually seemed to be enjoying herself for the first time in years, this entire performance slots into place, not as grand, movie-saving imperious villainy, but as a feature-length scowling hissy fit."
"How it is that a young woman who’s been kept locked in a tower since her prepubescent years knows how to sword fight isn’t explained. If I didn’t jot this down in my notebook, I may have forgotten this little dip in logic, not because the climax to ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ is so riveting it negates all quibbles, but because there are so many dumb parts it is impossible to remember them all."
"One of the biggest mistakes a filmmaker can make is to wrongly presume their film is resonating with the audience, something first time feature director Rupert Sanders does on a continual basis with Snow White and the Huntsman, a film that gets progressively worse from start to finish. The nuts and bolts of the Snow White story are here, but there is hardly an inkling of storytelling going on as one random sequence of events collides with another to create a ragged tapestry of ill-fitting pieces."