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: March 29, 2013
DVD 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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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

... this is not a bad film; it's just not a very good one.

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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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Ray Pride

Loving, willful anachronism... silent black-and-white fairytale Blancanieves-"a local film for a global market"-retells the familiar tale against a backdrop of bullfighting and flamenco in 1920s Seville, with intermittent roosters and dwarfs.

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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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
An interesting take on the old Snow White legend with beautiful production and costume design.
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
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