Metascore
46

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 34
  2. Negative: 6 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Mar 29, 2012
    85
    Mirror Mirror has a great deal of energy and wit and color, so much that it sometimes threatens to go right over the top. Somehow, though, it always stops short of being just too much.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Mar 29, 2012
    75
    Singh brings cheeky humor, an eccentric sensibility and an enchanting look to his re-imagined tale.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Mar 31, 2012
    70
    Here, the familiar tale is retold with concessions to feminist self-determination and camp humor, bending the Grimm Brothers' tale without infringing on its basic beauty.
  4. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Mar 31, 2012
    70
    Singh is much more skilled as a visual artist than a storyteller, and his artistic fortunes seem to rise and fall with the inspiration of his screenwriters. In this case he's lucked out with Mellissa Wallack and Jason Keller, whose witty script retells the story of Snow White from the perspective of the wicked queen.
  5. Reviewed by: Linda Holmes
    Mar 30, 2012
    70
    The performance that lingers after the film like a fizzy champagne buzz is Hammer's. He remains at all times deeply and persuasively sexy, but he also commits utterly to sequences that require a level of silliness that not all traditionally gorgeous young actors can give themselves over to so completely.
  6. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Mar 29, 2012
    67
    All of Mirror Mirror is visually striking, even when it works on no other levels. But the humor is erratic, the heroism isn't necessarily compelling, and the whole thing feels like a grab bag of bits that don't entirely cohere.
  7. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Mar 29, 2012
    63
    The result is mixed: the affable, family-friendly motion picture is lively enough to engage young viewers but will prove something of a challenge for anyone who has gone through puberty.
  8. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Mar 28, 2012
    63
    Mirror Mirror is a sumptuous fantasy for the eyes and a pinball game for the mind, as story elements collide and roll around bumping into each other.
  9. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Mar 29, 2012
    60
    The finery and regalia of their contributions are integral to Singh's vision, giving this mostly conventional princess story its fair share of romantic froth and more than a little moxie.
  10. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Mar 29, 2012
    60
    Strictly for kids, but pure movie fun nonetheless,
  11. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Mar 29, 2012
    60
    Like all of Tarsem's films, story takes a backseat to visuals, and there's plenty to pop the eyes-love those life-size string-puppet assassins!-if not, ultimately, to stir the soul.
  12. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 29, 2012
    60
    As reinventions of fairy tales go, this one has some pretty big holes. Not all of the twists on the story work, but for the most part it's well-meaning, goofy good fun.
  13. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Mar 31, 2012
    58
    A dull and unbewitching movie.
  14. 50
    The Snow White comedy Mirror, Mirror turns out to be not that terrible - or maybe it's that the terrible first half hour wears you down so much that the rest seems relatively pleasant.
  15. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Mar 31, 2012
    50
    It's hampered further by a piece of star miscasting unmatched in recent memory: Julia Roberts' archly evil queen remains as jaw-droppingly dull as her costumes are jaw-droppingly gaudy.
  16. Reviewed by: Andy Klein
    Mar 30, 2012
    50
    The costumes and design are gorgeous enough to distract us from the wildly erratic tone – some of the time.
  17. Reviewed by: Forrest Wickman
    Mar 30, 2012
    50
    Mirror Mirror is an odd little fantasia of a movie - part jaunty adventure, part broad romantic comedy, part auteurist spectacle. Half the fun is figuring out what the hell you're watching.
  18. Reviewed by: Sandie Angulo Chen
    Mar 29, 2012
    50
    As Snow White, actress Lily Collins is a washout.
  19. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Mar 29, 2012
    50
    Cleverness won't carry it. Nothing less than overarching vision is required; otherwise, the audience will laugh for 10 minutes and then start to check out. And that pretty much states the problem of Mirror Mirror.
  20. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Mar 29, 2012
    50
    Consistently watchable, even when it drifts into dullness because Mr. Singh always gives you something to look at,
  21. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 29, 2012
    50
    Just a limp, jokey family film that wants to have its fairy tale magic and its hip irony, too.
  22. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Mar 29, 2012
    50
    For all its pomp and fabulosity, Mirror Mirror is actually Tarsem Singh's most minimalistic effort, a dialed-down game board of elaborate pieces that's akin to the human chess set captained by Julia Robert's evil Queen Clementianna.
  23. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Mar 29, 2012
    50
    Flat and polished is a fine condition for mirrors, not movies. There is imagination galore but no genuine magic in Mirror Mirror, a Grimmly disappointing take on Snow White's fairy tale.
  24. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Apr 5, 2012
    40
    This is fussy filmmaking, overly made-up (the costume mandate seems to include the buzzwords "coffee filters," "croquembouche," and "Day-Glo paint") and bereft of wit.
  25. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    Apr 4, 2012
    40
    To borrow a line Roberts spits at Collins, there's something about Mirror that's incredibly irritating. Fingers crossed Huntsman has more edge.
  26. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Apr 2, 2012
    40
    It's evasive and feeble; Julia Roberts is not a properly funny or satisfying villain, and yet neither is she the interestingly flawed, even sympathetic figure she might have been if the film had kept the all-important question she asks the mirror.
  27. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    Apr 2, 2012
    40
    Superlative performances from Roberts and Hammer almost cover the shortcomings. Like most Tarsem films it's a muddle, but this time not one with enough distracting dazzle.
  28. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Mar 29, 2012
    40
    Poised between revisionist fairy tale and smirking sendup, this gaudy, over-frosted cream puff of a movie half-heartedly positions its famous heroine as a dagger-wielding proto-feminist, yet ultimately suffers the same fatal flaw as Julia Roberts' evil queen: It doesn't really care about anything except how pretty it looks.
  29. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Mar 30, 2012
    38
    I've been told the movie plays best with very young girls. That's an insult very young girls should not be forced to endure.
  30. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Mar 29, 2012
    38
    Call me Grumpy, but this seems less an adaptation than a random assault.
  31. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Mar 31, 2012
    30
    Fumbles nearly every opportunity to be funny: the dialogue is flat, straining for wit it never achieves, and the pace is torpid when it should be bustling. But, the couture, darling, is hilariously divine.
  32. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Mar 29, 2012
    30
    This is a movie drowning in flamboyant design elements and in need of a stiff shot of enchantment.
  33. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Mar 29, 2012
    20
    "Dopey" is too good a word for it.
  34. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Mar 30, 2012
    0
    There is one big winner in this mess, though. Congratulations, 1961's "Snow White and the Three Stooges": You're now the second-worst movie on the subject.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 121 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 55
  2. Negative: 13 out of 55
  1. Mar 31, 2012
    8
    The critics really need to lighten up, this is pure fun entertainment. Mirror Mirror wasn't good, it was great. The cast was hilariously perfect. Julia Roberts is a constant scene-stealer, Armie Hammer was the perfect prince, the dwarves were funny, and hot newcomer Lily Collins was solid. Goofy entertainment for the kids and the script was extremely funny, adults will love all the double entendre's and some social commentary on the upper classes that govern the people. Singh even managed to fit in some hilarious lines on forced inter-species intercourse that had me burst with laughter in the theatre. Stay for the credits to see Snow White's Bollywood-inspired end. Will definitely watch it again Full Review »
  2. Apr 1, 2012
    4
    Although it tries to be good, Mirror Mirror just ends up being what you would expect from a movie adaption of Snow White.
  3. Jul 22, 2012
    5
    Mirror Mirror is pretty enough and funny enough with enough good performances to please. Also this may not be Tarsem's best film because of its sort of cliche run of the story. I give this movie 52%. Full Review »