Reviews: Blancanieves (2013)

BlancanievesReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Presentato in anteprima a Toronto lo scorso settembre, e poi passato a Torino nella sezione Festa Mobile, il film di Pablo Berger è la terza trasposizione del classico dei fratelli Grimm nel giro di pochi mesi.
  • Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth
  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: While 2012’s other adaptations (Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman) feinted at a more feminist mindset, all they really did was put a sword in Snow’s hands before placing her in the standard need of rescue. This film is far less violent (Berger cuts around the brutal realities of bullfighting) and far more up to date in the portrayal of its heroine’s agency and the consequences of it.
  • Samuel Castro @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Pablo Berger consigue contar una historia universal de una forma en que sólo un español podría hacerlo
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Much of the film’s emotion is conveyed by Alfonso de Vilallonga’s music, which celebrates Spain with uptempo guitar and flamenco when it isn’t tipping its hat to Bernard Herrmann during a scene inspired by Hitchcock.
  • Peter Gutierrez @ School Library Journal
    • Excerpt: Here are 5 reasons why ‘Blancanieves’ is the most thrilling ‘Snow White’ ever…
  • Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: Blancanieves is a lush, dreamy, deliriously cinematic work. Following in the footsteps of last year’s diptych of Hollywood takes on the Grimm tale, Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman, Blancanieves dwarfs them (pun intended), not just in artistry but in the simple joy in telling the story and delight in the texture of the poetic.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: Gorgeous: lush with creamy black-and-white photography and bursting with passion…
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Glenn Lovell @
    • Excerpt: … lusty and heartfelt, fiery flamenco and spirited country jig. Don’t go expecting a Disney-fied fable. Berger seasons with S&M and the kind of macabre touches you’d expect in vintage Browning or Bunuel.
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: In 2012, three films that took new spins on the classic story emerged into the marketplace, with the most inventive coming from across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row
    • Excerpt: It’s a refreshingly bold and unique take on a tale that has very nearly been run into the ground, but Berger makes it feel fresh and new again.
  • [New – 11/1] | Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit
    • Excerpt: Succeeds in all its cinematic experiments
  • Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: It’s as clear as black and white that this isn’t the best silent film of the past year or so.
  • Frank Ochieng @ SFcrowsnest
    • Excerpt: Creatively, Spanish writer-director Pablo Berger conceives a stunning, retro-interpretation of the bedtime heroine in the lavish black-and-white silent production of ‘Blancanieves’. Elegant and sensually polished…
  • Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
  • Tiago Ramos @ Split Screen [Portuguese]
  • Jonathan Richards @
    • Excerpt: Berger directs this retro tour-de-force with great gusto, and the performances are excellent.
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: Despite its old-fashioned trappings, there is nothing staid about the layers of narrative and visual complexity at play.
  • Ron Wilkinson @
    • Excerpt: A stark, romantic and beautifully executed version of the Grimm fairy tale.

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