Snow White and the Huntsman

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

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Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    May 31, 2012
    60
    It's hard to imagine who will thrill to this violent, gorgeous, and empty film.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    May 30, 2012
    58
    A tastefully overbearing franchise fairy tale with a handful of ravishing touches.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 31, 2012
    40
    The result is tangled and overblown.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 520 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 95 out of 192
  2. Negative: 17 out of 192
  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 adaptingBeautifully 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 beautifulFantastic 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 areI 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 »