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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 in southern Spain in 1920s, Blancanieves is a tribute to silent films. (c) Cohen Media Group

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What Berger does with the actors, the sight gags, the close-ups, the music, the photography is close to perfection."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"While the story, shorn of its supernatural elements, is mired in abuse and tragedy, its effect is sensual and superficial."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Far from an arthouse gimmick, Blancanieves marries style and story in a way that seems so obvious and fitting that it's a wonder why this film hadn't been made before."
‑ Landon Palmer, Film School Rejects
"...recreates the broadness of early silent films without capturing their artistry."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"This is a beautiful film to watch."
‑ Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane
"This year's crowded field of Snow White movies has a winner, at least in terms of quality, in Pablo Berger's delightful Blancanieves."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"We're not in Disney's world. Berger knows his Grimm, and he suffuses his entrancing fairy tale with a moving sense of melancholy."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"It oddly looks like a cross between a Guy Maddin and Tod Browning flick, one that couldn't keep its straight silent pic pretense without shooting for something more modern."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's a sumptuously told tale, shot with painterly visuals and edited with a cool, melodic rhythm."
‑ Steve O'Brien, Total Film
"Inspired, perhaps, by The Artist, writer/director/producer Pablo Berger's handsome Spanish production (with English subtitles) updates the Grimm Brothers Snow White tale to the world of 1920s bullfighting - and, well, why not?"
‑ David 'Mad Dog' Bradley, Rip It Up
"Berger, like his rad forebear Luis Bunuel, marries poetry to film."
‑ Sarah Nicole Prickett, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"The best Snow White re-imagining produced in the last few years."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Given all the hoo-haa over The Artist - did it really win Oscars for Best Film, Director & Actor? 'Fraid so. - it's a surprise this splendid Spanish silent retelling of Snow White hasn't drawn more plaudits."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"An absolute delight: a thrillingly unpredictable romp that entertains with joyful and mischievous abandon."
‑ Ed Gibbs, The Sunday Age
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