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Snow White and the Huntsman, Snow White's Mother (Liberty Ross)

Snow White and the Huntsman reviews have been mixed in the British and American media. (Please see link below.) Most critics have enthusiastically praised the film's visuals and fairy-tale atmosphere, while complaining about its length and lack of dramatic cohesiveness. Directed by feature-film newcomer Rupert Sanders, previously a director of commercials, and starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, and Sam Claflin, Snow White and the Huntsman opened today in the UK and Ireland.

Reviews for the film's stellar cast have also been wildly mixed. If noticed at all, Thor / The Avengers' Chris Hemsworth has mostly gotten his Scottish accent dismissed as artificial. Some critics found Oscar winner Charlize Theron's presence a welcome relief to Snow White and the Huntsman's gloomy tones; others, however, found Theron either too campy or not campy enough. (Theron, by the way, has another movie that has just opened in the UK: Ridley Scott's Prometheus.)

As for Kristen Stewart, comparisons to The Twilight Saga's Bella Swan were all but inevitable. Some thought Stewart was playing Bella dressed up as Joan of Arc; others thought she had finally been able to step out of her iconic role. Others yet felt that Stewart began the film as Bella, but later on grew into Snow White and the Huntsman's Joan of Arc'ed Snow White.

Several also remarked on SWATH's Twilight-like romantic triangle: Kristen Stewart / Bella / Snow White + refined and handsome suitor (Robert Pattinson's vampire; Sam Claflin's Prince Charming) + hunky and earthy suitor (Taylor Lautner's werewolf; Chris Hemsworth's Huntsman). Something else not left unnoticed: the fact that one of the producers of Tim Burton's visually grandiose Alice in Wonderland, Joe Roth, was also one of the producers of Snow White and the Huntsman.

If you choose to read only one Snow White and the Huntsman review, I'd suggest Andrew O'Hehir's at Salon.com. Although O'Hehir liked the movie overall, he had strong reservations. Whether or not you agree with him, his likes and dislikes are carefully and clearly sketched out in his review.

Snow White and the Huntsman's Rotten Tomatoes rating currently is 60 percent positive; 80 percent among that site's top critics (out of only 10 reviews), and a 6.7 average. Now, remember, these percentages will be changing quite frequently in the next few days; a mere 15 minutes ago, Snow White and the Huntsman had a "rotten" rating: 59 percent. Now at 60 percent, it has a "fresh" tomato next to it.

Written by Evan Daugherty (Killing Season), John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), and Hossein Amini (Drive), Snow White and the Huntsman release date in the United States is next Friday, June 1. That same day SWATH opens in Canada, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Indonesia, Switzerland, and about two dozen other countries.

Also in the SWATH cast are Mrs. Henderson Presents' Bob Hoskins, The Departed's Ray Winstone, Shrek the Third's Ian McShane, The Hunger Games' Toby Jones, and Vera Drake's Eddie Marsan.

In addition to: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus' Lily Cole, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance's Vincent Regan, 28 Days Later's Noah Huntley, Shaun of the Dead's Nick Frost, and Salmon Fishing in Yemen's Rachael Stirling.

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