Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Snow White and the Huntsman Isn't the Fairest of Them All

Plus, For Greater Glory is a less-than-epic historical drama.

by | May 31, 2012 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a high-octane fairy tale (Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron) and the story of a band of freedom fighters (For Greater Glory, starring Andy Garcia and Eva Longoria). What do the critics have to say?



Snow White and the Huntsman

49%

There’s a good reason fairy tales keep getting adapted to the big screen: stories with heroes, villains, fantastical elements, and lessons on human nature will never go out of style. Still, critics say Snow White and the Huntsman is something of a mixed bag: it’s visually resplendent and full of evocative atmospherics, but it fails to bring its characters or familiar story to stirring new life. You probably know the basics of the plot, but here goes: a wicked queen (Charlize Theron) becomes enraged when an articulate looking-glass tells her that she’s not the most fetching gal in town – that would be Snow White (Kristen Stewart). So the queen sends a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to slay her rival, but he and Ms. White ultimately join forces to lead a charge against the throne. The pundits say Snow White is beautiful to look at, and Theron is terrifically malevolent, but too often the film doesn’t quite know how to pull off its tricky balance of fantasy epic and revisionist folktale. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down memorable fairy tale movies.)



For Greater Glory

18%

For Greater Glory is loosely based upon a fascinating chapter of Mexican history, and it sports a top-notch cast that includes Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, and Peter O’Toole. Unfortunately, critics say the film’s heavy-handed script and slow pacing ensure it falls far short of the epic grandeur to which it aspires. Andy Garcia stars as Enrique Gorostieta Velarde, an atheist former general who helps to train a ragtag group of rebels opposed to the Mexican government’s anti-Catholic policies for a conflict that would come to be known as the Cristero War. The pundits say For Greater Glory deserves credit for tackling weighty themes, but it’s undone by a screenplay that’s both oversimplified and confusing.

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Found Memories, a Brazilian drama about an elderly woman living in a remote village who bonds with a young visitor, is at 100 percent.
  • Pink Ribbons, Inc., a documentary that questions the effectiveness of campaigns to raise awareness of insidious diseases, is at 100 percent.
  • The Loved Ones, an Australian slasher film about a young woman who enacts revenge on a guy who rejects her, is at 97 percent.
  • 5 Broken Cameras, a doc about the West Bank territorial dispute as seen through the eyes of a Palestinian farmer, is at 90 percent.
  • Chely Wright: Wish Me Away, a doc about several years in the life of the out-and-proud country star, is at 86 percent.
  • The Oscar-nominated A Cat in Paris, a the animated tale of a domestic feline that moonlights as a burglar, is at 81 percent.
  • Cellmates, starring Tom Sizemore and Hector Jimenez in a comedy about two very mismatched guys forced to share a prison cell, is at 57 percent.
  • U.N. Me, a gonzo doc that asks whether the United Nations is living up to its purpoted mission, is at 50 percent.
  • High School, starring Adrien Brody and Matt Bush in a comedy about a clean-cut kid who faces severe consequences after taking his first hit of pot, is at 33 percent.
  • Battlefield America, about a businessman who mentors a group of kids training for an underground dance competition, is at 20 percent.
  • Piranha 3DD, the sequel to 2010’s Certified Fresh Piranha 3-D featuring yet another attack from bloodthirsty fishes, is at 14 percent.

Tag Cloud

TBS CBS Character Guide war Cartoon Network 24 frames Reality Competition Syfy Sci-Fi PBS Cosplay Adult Swim sports American Society of Cinematographers technology Bravo psycho Mary Tyler Moore Drama politics FX crime thriller Rom-Com Action X-Men LGBTQ Teen E! PaleyFest Biopics crime APB First Look GoT AMC El Rey TruTV IFC Extras Dark Horse Comics Comedy Central cinemax science fiction FOX The CW cops CNN Amazon MTV boxoffice Photos adventure Super Bowl singing competition Winter TV Certified Fresh supernatural Summer aliens Comic Book Red Carpet docudrama WGN Showtime Countdown Kids & Family thriller biography Rocky DC Comics Ghostbusters VICE travel BET BBC period drama vampires Pirates Opinion Superheroes Marathons Watching Series DirecTV Valentine's Day Fox News TCM Trailer Video Games Winners zombie Thanksgiving Toys Hulu NBC Podcast Freeform VH1 Reality Sneak Peek Lionsgate BBC America Box Office Comedy Pop Nat Geo Schedule Lifetime Election FXX Rock Music Country Interview Grammys Tumblr ITV TIFF USA harry potter Oscars TCA based on movie Star Trek serial killer Fall TV Masterpiece ABC Awards TLC President Crackle diversity Starz cooking Esquire TV Land Horror discovery Food Network GIFs SundanceTV Best and Worst ESPN Mystery CBS All Access Polls and Games TNT 2017 TV Marvel NYCC Trivia Year in Review Calendar Exclusive Video Nominations Spring TV RT History Disney MSNBC Fantasy CMT 007 Disney Channel Infographic Universal HBO Star Wars Martial Arts GLAAD Writers Guild of America ABC Family SDCC Logo A&E The Arrangement Set visit Premiere Dates OWN 2016 History Animation social media crime drama Holidays Nickelodeon comiccon Musicals Sundance TCA 2017 Tomatazos police drama Netflix 2015 Emmys sitcom dramedy