Blancanieves (2013)

Once upon a time there was a little girl who had never known her mother. She learned the art of her father, a famous bullfighter, but was hated by her evil stepmother. One day she ran away with a troupe of dwarves, and became a legend. Set… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 3, 2013
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Smartly written and beautiful to behold, Blancanieves uses its classic source material to offer a dark tale, delightfully told.

Wesley Morris

What Berger does with the actors, the sight gags, the close-ups, the music, the photography is close to perfection.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

While the story, shorn of its supernatural elements, is mired in abuse and tragedy, its effect is sensual and superficial.

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Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

It's like watching a gorgeous tragi-comic opera written by Dickens and co-directed by Fellini and Almodovar.

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Dennis Harvey

This year's crowded field of Snow White movies has a winner, at least in terms of quality, in Pablo Berger's delightful Blancanieves.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

We're not in Disney's world. Berger knows his Grimm, and he suffuses his entrancing fairy tale with a moving sense of melancholy.

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Kate Muir
Times [UK]

The film is exquisitely shot and Macarena Garcia is achingly gorgeous as the fawn-eyed Carmen/Snow White.

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Sarah Nicole Prickett
Globe and Mail

Berger, like his rad forebear Luis Bunuel, marries poetry to film.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

From Spain, here's a miracle of fairy tale repurposing: a version of the Brothers Grimm's "Snow White," set in Spanish bullfighting country in the late 1920s. Writer-director Pablo Berger's Blancanieves goes all the way with its concept, and then further.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

A Spanish take on Snow White that picks up where The Artist left off and shows the full elegance of silent filmmaking.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
A matador's daughter is oppressed by her evil stepmother until she escapes and winds up traveling with a troupe of bullfighting dwarfs. Unexpected twists… More
Walter M.
"Blancanieves" starts with Antonio Villalta(Daniel Gimenez Cacho), a matador, and his wife Carmen(Imma Cuesta), a singer, on top of the world with… More
'Blancanieves'. The lighting, the symmetry, the composition. Just, wow. One of the most beautiful looking films I've ever seen. The… More
Panta Oz
I was lucky enough to track this Spanish black-and-white silent romantic fantasy drama recommended to me by one of my RT friends recently, through my Serbian… More
The Movie Waffler
Antonio Villalta (Cacho) is Spain's most acclaimed bullfighter until the day he is gored and forced to retire. When his wife dies in childbirth, he rejects… More
Noah Nemeroff
Not knowing anything about 'Blancanieves' (2012) (besides that it is a monochrome silent film like the 'Artist' [2011]), I decided to watch… More