Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jul 12, 2013
    100
    It is extremely pleasurable to watch, and shows every sign of having been extremely pleasurable to make.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Apr 24, 2013
    100
    It is a full-bodied silent film of the sort that might have been made by the greatest directors of the 1920s, if such details as the kinky sadomasochism of this film's evil stepmother could have been slipped past the censors.
  3. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Mar 28, 2013
    100
    Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves is the purest, boldest re-imagining of silent cinema yet.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Mar 28, 2013
    90
    The silents, as this film suggests, achieved aesthetic marvels before sound came along to set things back for a while.
  5. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    Mar 26, 2013
    90
    The new film from Spanish writer-director Pablo Berger is a silent, black-and-white film so witty, riveting, and drop-dead gorgeous that moviegoers may forget to notice that they can't hear the dialogue.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    May 2, 2013
    88
    Best of all: the musical score by Alfonso de Vilallonga. It's terrific — witty, symphonically lush and shrewdly informed by flamenco strains throughout.
  7. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Mar 29, 2013
    83
    You don’t need to know the resume of Maribel Verdú to know that the “Y Tu Mama Tambien” star is this film’s meal ticket. With an equal division of screentime with her co-star, Verdú’s ferocious sexuality projects that she was meant to become the fairest of them all by sheer force of will.
  8. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Mar 27, 2013
    83
    Berger also shows a dark wit and a faith in old-fashioned melodrama that puts Blancanieves more in the camp of Pedro Almodóvar than Guy Maddin’s golden-age pastiches. (And aside from being silent and a period piece, the movie has almost nothing in common with "The Artist.")
  9. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Mar 27, 2013
    83
    If nothing else, Blancanieves offers an excellent case for revisiting the early days of cinema -- and for recognizing how much has been lost in its absence. While "The Artist" recalled the silent film industry, Blancanieves solely pays tribute to the art.
  10. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Jul 12, 2013
    80
    This Iberian spin on the Snow White legend is a curio and a wonder; a silent fairy tale woven from softest velvet.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    May 3, 2013
    80
    Berger's film is still far more magical than it is macabre. And so although a black-and-white, foreign-film adaptation of a very familiar tale might, indeed, be a hard sell, audiences who buy into it are in for an undeniably rewarding movie-going experience. In a word: ¡Ole!
  12. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Apr 4, 2013
    80
    Blancanieves is a feast for the film-crazy. [8 April 2013, p.89]
  13. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Mar 30, 2013
    80
    We’re not in Disney’s world. Berger knows his Grimm, and he suffuses his entrancing fairy tale with a moving sense of melancholy.
  14. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Mar 26, 2013
    80
    Expressively (Berger knows his grammar), a white communion dress is dipped in black dye as her custodial grandmother passes away and an evil castle beckons.
  15. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    May 1, 2013
    78
    Blancanieves never lags, per se, it’s just awfully in love with itself: with its gorgeous black and white chiaroscuros and whirling-dervish first-person camera perspectives, the Spanish-guitar-scored dance sequences (that include the undeniable dance of the matador in action), and battering winds of emotional extremes. By the end of this sumptuous and sincerely felt melodrama, I was rather in love with it, too.
  16. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    May 31, 2013
    75
    While the story, shorn of its supernatural elements, is mired in abuse and tragedy, its effect is sensual and superficial.
  17. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Apr 12, 2013
    75
    Blancanieves is funny, inventive and daring enough to change the story’s ending, going out on a note of bittersweet, unexpected melancholy.
  18. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Mar 28, 2013
    75
    Brimming over with sadism and the occasional touch of kink, Blancanieves piles on the pathology that's the birthright of any fairy tale worth its salt. Yet it's still a tale of lost innocence, and Berger keeps faith with a prototype revered by the Disneys and the Grimms alike: the resilient, enterprising girl who overcomes wave after wave of adversity.
  19. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Mar 28, 2013
    70
    In an attempt to be both modern and traditional, this gorgeously made film ends up betwixt and between.
  20. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Mar 28, 2013
    70
    It communicates the delights of pastiche rather than the thrill of original creation, a secondhand movie love that is seductive but not entirely satisfying.
  21. Reviewed by: Nick McCarthy
    Mar 28, 2013
    50
    Pablo Berger digs for emotional intensity in his gothic retelling of Snow White and only uncovers layers of gloss.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jul 7, 2013
    9
    "Blancanieves" has all the charm and race in a Spanish film. With the typical local folklore, Berger gets revisit the classic tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (six in this film) in a way that, hopefully, in Hollywood would have been. "Mirror, Mirror" and "Snow White and the Huntsman," which both were released the same year in Spain, unable to reach the strength of this Snow White. Congratulations! Full Review »
  2. May 10, 2013
    9
    The fact that a B&W and silent film is released the year after another one like that wins the Best Picture Oscar, I think did hurt a little Blancanieves. Even though, apparently, the project started before The Artist was made, so there was no copying from each other whatsoever. Having said that, it is amazing how B&W, silent films can produce strong emotions, at least as powerful as "traditional (today) films can be. Beautiful photography, and wonderful sets alone would make this film worth seeing. Add to that a good story, great direction, and an extraordinary music score, and this film is a winner. Full Review »
  3. Apr 25, 2013
    5
    The title means Snow White in Spanish, so there's the plot. It's set in the early 20th century world of bull fighting, but the big twist: it's in black and white and silent (except for the musical soundtrack and some intertitles). The cinematography is rich and there are period cinematic elements (overlapping images, gimmicky transitions). In an effort to create this stylized approach, the performances come off as stilted. The inevitable comparisons to "The Artist" leave this film lacking in originality or ingenuity. Full Review »