Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 39
  2. Negative: 4 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    May 30, 2012
    88
    Snow White and the Huntsman reinvents the legendary story in a film of astonishing beauty and imagination.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    May 30, 2012
    80
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    May 31, 2012
    78
    Ambitious, brutish, ruthlessly unromantic – has the right idea casting its heroine as a Joan of Arc-type crusader and its evil queen a dissertation (albeit first draft) on beauty as the most direct path to power for the disenfranchised female.
  4. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jun 1, 2012
    75
    Attempts to inject a little humor via the antics of the dwarves don't work, especially since one of the little people is killed early in the proceedings. No one's going to be singing "Hi ho! Hi ho! It's off to work we go!" after that happens.
  5. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    May 31, 2012
    75
    Yes, there are many splendid reasons to see Snow White and the Huntsman – enough, maybe, not to care that neither Snow White nor the Huntsman rank high among them.
  6. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    May 31, 2012
    75
    A surprisingly fine, fantastic movie it is.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    May 31, 2012
    75
    This is a violent film. It's rougher, in fact, than "The Hunger Games."
  8. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    May 31, 2012
    70
    It is an absolute wonder to watch and creates a warrior princess for the ages. But what this revisionist fairy tale does not give us is a passionate love - its kisses are as chaste as the snow is white.
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    May 31, 2012
    70
    An evil spell nearly does Snow White in, but it's lifted in the nick of time. The strangest spell afflicts Kristen Stewart; she can't seem to imbue Snow White with anything more than a semblance of feeling. That spell never lifts, but it doesn't make much difference in the end because the forces of good manage to work around it.
  10. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    May 31, 2012
    70
    Though it is an ambitious - at times mesmerizing - application of the latest cinematic technology, the movie tries to recapture some of the menace of the stories that used to be told to scare children rather than console them.
  11. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    May 31, 2012
    70
    Rare among the recent fairy tale adaptions (from "Mirror Mirror" to the dreadful "Red Riding Hood") the invigorating Snow White and the Huntsman actually breathes new life into an old story.
  12. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    May 30, 2012
    70
    Never quite delivers on its promise -- a dark retelling of the fairy tale in which women hold the true power, good and evil -- but it certainly is an attractive misfire.
  13. 70
    The movie's revisionist tone is startlingly enough to carry you along.
  14. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    May 31, 2012
    67
    If you've a mind to see a classic fairy tale rendered as an action movie, and if you want to see a sizeable handful of fine English actors have grand fun playing grizzled dwarves, there are worse ways to spend two hours than in the company of Snow White and the Huntsman.
  15. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jun 1, 2012
    63
    The nearly two preceding hours often feel like three, as the patchwork script keeps introducing characters and subplots and dropping them, all while rushing characters through eye-popping environments.
  16. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    May 31, 2012
    63
    One of those movies that makes for a fantastic trailer. Much beyond that can feel like repeat viewing.
  17. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    May 31, 2012
    63
    Snow White and the Huntsman is definitely a missed opportunity. Sanders was on to something in taking the Snow White tale to its most menacing extreme.
  18. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    May 30, 2012
    63
    Just feels like it was made from the pieces of every fantasy-action movie ever made.
  19. Reviewed by: Tal Rosenberg
    Jun 2, 2012
    60
    The CGI effects are so slick that they undercut the movie's shock value, and the action moves too quickly to instill a real sense of fear, but this is still visually impressive, with spectacular make-up, costumes, and cinematography.
  20. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jun 1, 2012
    60
    It's Theron who owns this film, imbuing her deliciously depraved Queen with furious pain and deep-seated fear.
  21. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    May 31, 2012
    60
    Why can't heroines just be heroines anymore, instead of micromanaged personalities who may as well have the words "Role Model" tattooed across their foreheads?
  22. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    May 31, 2012
    60
    It's hard to imagine who will thrill to this violent, gorgeous, and empty film.
  23. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    May 29, 2012
    60
    The rousing speeches and booming battle scenes are all well done as far as blockbuster spectacle goes, but you can't help but feel the filmmakers' resistance to the story's grimmer undercurrents.
  24. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    May 28, 2012
    60
    A strong visual style tussles with flaccid storytelling in this ambitious retelling of Grimm. It won't exactly have Walt Disney spinning in his secret ice chamber, but you may wish they spent more time worrying about what exactly the film is than who it's for.
  25. Reviewed by: Josh Winning
    May 28, 2012
    60
    A visually inventive, deliciously dark fairytale reheat. The story's far from the stuff of legend, but Theron makes for a ferocious meanie, helping to flush away "Mirror Mirror's" sugary aftertaste.
  26. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jun 1, 2012
    58
    Some of the fairy tale effects are marvelous; but the odyssey from darkness to light is unduly long and sloggy, and Stewart, with her contemporary edge, seems to be acting in the wrong era.
  27. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    May 30, 2012
    58
    A tastefully overbearing franchise fairy tale with a handful of ravishing touches.
  28. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    May 31, 2012
    50
    I spent several minutes not caring what was happening with the story but just observing the patchwork illusion of oversized props, short stunt doubles and computer grafting of big faces on small bodies. Nice work.
  29. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    May 31, 2012
    50
    A bold rethinking of a familiar old story and striking design elements are undercut by a draggy midsection and undeveloped characters in Snow White and the Huntsman.
  30. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    May 31, 2012
    50
    Handsome but hollow, Snow White & the Huntsman is easily among the stranger additions to a roster of rebooted fairy tales.
  31. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    May 30, 2012
    50
    As feminist fantasy, the film is non-committal, and as a reimagining of the fairy tale, it's at best expensive-looking without seeming wantonly so.
  32. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    May 29, 2012
    50
    For all this Snow White's visual ornamentation, there's no sense of narrative priority - the filmmakers can't see the Dark Forest for the trees.
  33. Reviewed by: Linda Holmes
    Jun 1, 2012
    45
    What dooms Snow White and the Huntsman is ultimately not how over the top it is, but how dull it is.
  34. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    May 30, 2012
    42
    There are complicated elements at work here, with threads of curdled vengeance, victim entitlement, and insanity bound together in ways it would take a much smarter film to unravel. Snow White And The Huntsman doesn't try, and the film just keeps getting dumber as it goes along.
  35. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 31, 2012
    40
    The result is tangled and overblown.
  36. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    May 31, 2012
    38
    In Snow White and the Huntsman, this talented but woefully miscast actress (Stewart) is expected to rally an entire army of soldiers, even though she usually looks like she forgot the combination to her locker.
  37. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    May 31, 2012
    30
    Snow White and the Huntsman, the first feature from British commercial director Rupert Sanders, has its work cut out for it if it wants to be a truly dull piece of junk - but it manages.
  38. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    May 31, 2012
    25
    Suffers from a problem in its rhythm. It's not that its pace is too slow, but that it's too regular, and this lack of syncopation makes it feel slow.
  39. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    May 31, 2012
    25
    Overlong, overcrowded, overstimulating and with an over-the-top performance by Charlize Theron as the evil queen Ravenna, the movie is a virtual orchard of toxic excess, starting with the unnecessarily sprawling cast of characters.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 448 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 179
  1. Jun 2, 2012
    10
    Beautifully shot and very convincingly acted! Really enjoyed this take on the tale......so much better than previous attempts at adapting fairytales! I highly commend and recommend! Full Review »
  2. Jun 4, 2012
    10
    Fantastic movie!!! I was not expecting it to be so good but I have to admit I was wrong!! Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron were beautiful and very strong acting from both! Full Review »
  3. Jun 2, 2012
    10
    I loved Kristen, Charlize, Chris and Sam as well as the supporting characters! Very well done. The visuals are also stunning and the sets are wonderful. Full Review »