A young woman (Kristen Stewart) secretly trains in the art of war with the huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) who was sent by a wicked queen (Charlize Theron) to destroy her.
" It matter-of-factly lays out the predicaments of its characters, balancing a strong, implicit feminist sensibility with a sympathetic sense of the power of tradition. "
" The director sets a heart-pounding pace, pausing only for such interludes as Snow White's encounter with seven dwarfs who could not be more distant from their Disney forebears. "
" Only Bob Hoskins as the blind seer Muir comes close to making us care. We can almost glean Snow White's heroic possibilities through his clouded eyes. As much as we'd like to, we certainly can't from Stewart's efforts. "
" Sanders does not (yet) share Guillermo del Toro's gifts, but he, too, has an eye for the beautiful and the grotesque, and for that entrancing borderline where the two meet. "
" Perhaps the best thing about "Snow White and the Huntsman" is it doesn't smirk at itself. It plays out as a story about mortality and greed and oppression in a fantastical world, but it doesn't act as if anything is silly. "
" "Snow White and the Huntsman," a solemn but mostly savvy rewrite, is a welcome upgrade. "
" The film has the DNA of a blockbuster and the soul of a haunting folk tale. It is as dangerous, dark, intelligent and beautiful as its wraithlike villainess. "
" Stunningly shot and inconsistently acted and written, Snow White has enough visual fireworks to keep the film afloat, even if star Kristen Stewart can't get out of Twilight mode. "
" 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. "
" Vastly superior to Mirror, Mirror in every way. Great work from Charlize Theron. "
" A surprisingly fine, fantastic movie it is. "
" Snow White and the Huntsman has a darkness that seeps into the soul - but it's also definitely a missed opportunity. Director Rupert Sanders loses his nerve just when the story starts cooking. "
" There will be lots of versions of Theron's evil queen running around West Hollywood this Halloween; it's a performance that's one part Tilda Swinton to 30 parts Faye Dunaway, the sort of over-the-top craziness that spawns midnight screenings. "
" As far as live-action reimaginings of fairy tales are concerned, this is one of the more inventive ones and is unquestionably better than 2011's Red Riding Hood misfire. "
" What dooms Snow White and the Huntsman is ultimately not how over the top it is, but how dull it is. "
" 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. "
" A slow, boring film that has no charm and is highlighted only by a handful of special effects and Charlize Theron's truly evil queen. "
" A virtual orchard of toxic excess, starting with the unnecessarily sprawling cast of characters. "
" Fails to realize the full potential of its ambitiously dark vision. "
" Is this movie trying to be "Excalibur" or "My Little Pony"? "
" 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. "
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