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8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26

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  1. 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, theThe 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. Expand
  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 asThe 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. Expand
  3. 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."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! Expand
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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: 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.