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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.

-James BerardinelliFull Review

Vastly superior to Mirror, Mirror in every way. Great work from Charlize Theron.

-Richard RoeperFull Review

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.

-Christopher OrrFull Review

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.

-Lisa KennedyFull Review

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.

-Peter RainerFull Review

"Snow White and the Huntsman," a solemn but mostly savvy rewrite, is a welcome upgrade.

-Elizabeth WeitzmanFull Review

A virtual orchard of toxic excess, starting with the unnecessarily sprawling cast of characters.

-Michael O'SullivanFull Review

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.

-Rick GroenFull Review

Fails to realize the full potential of its ambitiously dark vision.

-Lou LumenickFull Review

Is this movie trying to be "Excalibur" or "My Little Pony"?

-Rafer GuzmanFull Review

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.

-Tom LongFull Review

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.

-Mick LaSalleFull Review

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.

-Scott BowlesFull Review

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.

-Betsy SharkeyFull Review

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.

-Joe MorgensternFull Review

What dooms Snow White and the Huntsman is ultimately not how over the top it is, but how dull it is.

-Linda HolmesFull Review

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.

-Colin CovertFull Review

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.

-Peter TraversFull Review

A surprisingly fine, fantastic movie it is.

-Steven ReaFull Review

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.

-Mary F. PolsFull Review

Sanders makes all the mistakes of a neophyte filmmaker, but doing it with such a massive budget leads to a cinematic hodgepodge of fractured fairy-tale imagery, computer-generated menacing forests and gamboling, turtle-riding fairies.

-Linda BarnardFull Review

There is something exciting about how seriously "Snow White and the Huntsman" takes its themes.

-A.O. ScottFull Review

This over-crammed, disjointed, and lugubrious film is misconceived from the ground up.

-Dana StevensFull Review

The only one who comes out of this odd pairing unscathed is Walt Disney, looking smarter than ever for boiling the tale down to its mythical essence way back in 1937.

-Chris VognarFull Review

Handsome but hollow.

-Brian LowryFull Review

At its best, "Snow White and the Huntsman" feels less like a desperate blockbuster and more like a handmade object.

-Michael PhillipsFull Review

[It] all feels like serious, pay-attention-now, schoolroom stuff - Shakespeare without the poetry, "Braveheart" without the performances.

-Stephen WhittyFull Review

When Snow rides into battle wielding a sword, you want to tell her to put that thing down before she pokes her eye out.

-Rene RodriguezFull Review

A bold rethinking of a familiar old story and striking design elements are undercut by a draggy mid-section and undeveloped characters in Snow White and the Huntsman.

-Todd McCarthyFull Review

This "Snow White" is one of those revisionist fairy tales in which the princess takes control of her own destiny. A different actress might have been able to sell that, but Stewart can't...

-Moira MacDonaldFull Review

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