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
    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
    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
    Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves is the purest, boldest re-imagining of silent cinema yet.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Mar 28, 2013
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.
User Score

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
    "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
    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
    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 »