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Mirror Mirror

30mirror_span-thumbstandard This remake of the classic Grimm tale, starring Julia Roberts as the evil Queen, is much darker than the well-known animated Disney version. Snow White's team of dwarves are a shady bunch, but dedicated to helping her regain her royal throne.
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Netflix Rating: 3.7
NYT Review
The Snow White character in “Mirror Mirror" deviates only a bit from the heroine of the classic tale. This time Lily Collins is armed and suited for action. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 50%
Critics' score: 50   Audience score: 45   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

'Mirror, Mirror' is a trippy version of the Snow White story. full review

Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com

Mirror Mirror is a film that's all picture and no propulsion, each scene static in a basic set-decoration color scheme of teabag and banana. full review

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

Here, the familiar tale is retold with concessions to feminist self-determination and camp humor, bending the Grimm Brothers' tale without infringing on its basic beauty. full review

Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice

Singh is much more skilled as a visual artist than a storyteller, and his artistic fortunes seem to rise and fall with the inspiration of his screenwriters. In this case he's lucked out. full review

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

Who wants to see a fairy tale that weighs a ton? Mirror Mirror reflects badly on everyone involved. full review

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

This rambling version of Snow White's tale is a pretty, spun-sugar confection, airy as a plate of Easter egg-coloured macarons and similarly devoid of substance. full review

Linda Barnard, Toronto Star

The dwarves provide wonderful fun, Singh's visuals have true magic and Alan Menken's score is charming. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

All we get are scattered bits of cleverness, some hit and some miss. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

When the dust settles, all that's left are a few motes of lame comedy atop a few million bucks worth of overdressed sets. Call me Grumpy, but this seems less an adaptation than a random assault. full review

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

Loved it! full review

Newsday, Newsday

Everything looks, well, fantastic. full review

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

The screenwriters of this attempt to do a hip comedic take on the legend were licked by Page 5. Why did they keep going? full review

Kyle Smith, New York Post

As Snow White, actress Lily Collins is a washout. full review

Sandie Angulo Chen, Washington Post

An attitude of mischief and charm rather than outright satire. full review

Eric D. Snider, Film.com

Singh brings cheeky humor, an eccentric sensibility and an enchanting look to his re-imagined tale. full review

Claudia Puig, USA Today

Even if you're as annoyed by the movie as I was, you'll come out laughing the costumes. full review

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

It's a clever, luscious-looking fairy tale you really can take kids to - no allegedly family-friendly snot-and-fart humor here - and a bundle of high style and sharp wit and terrific performances for yourself. full review

"Mirror Mirror'' is just a limp, jokey family film that wants to have its fairy tale magic and its hip irony, too. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

A booster shot of testosterone lends kinetic kick to director Tarsem Singh's visually inventive interpretation, without shortchanging the requisite froufrou or sugarcoating the story's dark Oedipal heart. full review

Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

Perhaps the overriding problem with Mirror Mirror is that it mines territory so overworked that there's nothing new or valuable to be found. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews
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