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Mirror Mirror (2012)

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 172
Fresh: 85 | Rotten: 87

Like most of Tarsem Singh's films, Mirror Mirror is undeniably beautiful -- but its treatment of the age-old Snow White fable lacks enough depth or originality to set it apart from the countless other adaptations of the tale.

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 20

Like most of Tarsem Singh's films, Mirror Mirror is undeniably beautiful -- but its treatment of the age-old Snow White fable lacks enough depth or originality to set it apart from the countless other adaptations of the tale.

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One of the most beloved stories of all time is coming to life in the motion picture event for the whole family, Mirror Mirror. A fresh and funny retelling of the Snow White legend, Mirror Mirror features breakout star Lily Collins as Snow White, a princess in exile, and Julia Roberts as the evil Queen who ruthlessly rules her captured kingdom. Seven courageous rebel dwarfs join forces with Snow White as she fights to reclaim her birthright and win her Prince in this magical comedy filled with

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Melisa Wallack, Jason Keller

Jun 26, 2012

$64.9M

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'Mirror Mirror' is as gaudily spectacular as you expect if you've seen director Tarsem Singh's films, 'The Fall' and 'Immortals'.

April 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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'Mirror, Mirror' is a trippy version of the Snow White story.

March 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Comments (4)
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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.

March 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comment (1)
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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.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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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.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Who wants to see a fairy tale that weighs a ton? Mirror Mirror reflects badly on everyone involved.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Comments (4)
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You can only disappoint your fans so often before they turn and run in droves. Just ask Roberts' close friend, Mel Gibson.

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

Mirror Mirror features over-indulgent story moments and, at times, hammy performances but still delivers a mostly fun riff on the Snow White story.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

While it may not be as memorable as his other good projects, Singh has delivered a film that should delight audiences of all ages because of the timelessness of the story and the spin the writers have put on it.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Mirror Mirror is an aesthetically fantastical yet ultimately tedious film that may occasionally please the tots in the audience. However, it will leave adults far less enchanted.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Comment (1)
We Got This Covered

The tone is campy and fun, although Roberts is better with the lighthearted dark comedy side of her role. Still, the script is light and witty, poking a lot of fun at itself and the visual artistry is absolutely gorgeous to look at.

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
Scene-Stealers.com

Mirror Mirror is not a travesty. It's missing something though. The whole film plays like a Muppet movie with the actual Muppets cut out.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline
CraveOnline

The ill fit between Mirror Mirror's screenplay and its director's sensibilities dooms the comedic fairy tale from the outset.

August 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

It's never clear what "Mirror Mirror" is saying about the Snow White legend, or about fairy tales in general. It feels like a narrative without a story.

June 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The Queen sees herself in the magic mirror which is a nice twist. But it's a slightly altered version of herself. The movie is like that, too -just a little bit off while trying hard to be "on":

June 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Experience
Film Experience

A sweet and endearing take on the Snow White story buoyed by solid performances with one exception: Julia Roberts.

June 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

a lush and ravishing rethinking of the Snow White story with both an old-fashioned feel and a modern sensibility

May 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

This film was a relief to watch after Singh's bungled action spectacle last year, and while it isn't as good as The Fall, it does at least get him back on track.

April 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

An odd, but beautiful, interpretation of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Mirror Mirror" will leave some viewers enchanted and others scratching their heads.

April 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

For the extraordinarily gifted Tarsem, Mirror Mirror is a mere lark, but it's still everything Shrek wanted to be, and more.

April 20, 2012
Projection Booth

...a passable bit of kid-friendly entertainment.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

There are exactly seven reasons to tolerate the beautiful artifice on display, but those are-ahem-little reasons, to be sure.

April 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

... surprisingly sweet and charming ...

April 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's not so funny, and sometimes it's excruciatingly un-funny.

April 16, 2012 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

All production design, no wit

April 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

The movie's greatest flaw may be its passive-aggressive approach to the Grimm brothers' tale. Timidity doesn't suit reinvention. But endings being so important, the movie finally puts the pieces together for an entertaining finale.

April 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Audience Reviews for Mirror Mirror

A charming, creative (and uneven) re-imagining of the Snow White tale. Entertaining performances by Armie Hammer and Nathan Lane. Julia Roberts was a disappointment, seeming to have dialed it in with the passion and skill of a high school drama teacher.
March 17, 2014
cchclaw

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Julia Roberts seems to be having a lot of fun in this amusing satire that plays with fairy tale clichés. Full of witty dialogue and with a solid script, this feminist vision of the classic story is much more inspired than Snow White and the Huntsman, even if not remarkable.
February 11, 2013
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

Snow White's story gets a pseudo-feminist re-boot, but much of the story remains intact.
I was ready to give this film three stars, a stretch for me because films like this are not my cup of tea, but the closing credits were scored by an auto-tuned, dance-club number that is, in the words of Super Reviewer Alice Shen, "half-Bollywood." I didn't even watch the full number. It was revolting.
I watched the film for its costume design, the category for which it's nominated, and the costumes and production design are indeed nomination-worthy. Lush, colorful schemes abound, and the film is a visual delight.
We all know the story. I have always contended that Snow White is coded racism and sexism; after all, the "fairest of the land" can be a synonym for "whitest," and Snow White is confined to domestic duties when she joins the dwarves. But when Snow eschews the Prince's help, she essentially deploys a feminist message, saying that she doesn't need a man to rescue her. I wish they had stuck with this, but the plot eventually proves that she does need rescuing. The film was so close to something unique.
All the performances are fine. Nathan Lane is Nathan Lane, and Julia Roberts is charmingly caddy. Lily Collins was there too.
Overall, this film had promise once upon a time.
January 21, 2013
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Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is THE universal example of a childhood favorite. One who has not seen it at least twice before the age of eight is quite simply a poor excuse for a human being. It's too bad the year of its seventy-fifth anniversary happened to be the year Walt Disney Pictures went to hell. John Carter bombed enough to put chairman Rich Ross out of business; uproar began when the company acquired Lucasfilm and began diabolical plans for another Star Wars trilogy; etc. Only to top it off, an insult to their beloved classic, known as Mirror Mirror. Perhaps I'm the only one who seems to believe the double-talk title is an apt representation of the repetitive, obnoxious plot. Unfortunately, young children are the huge bull's eye to this film's schlocky sort of charm. If parents decide to raise their kids with this debacle, then perhaps December 21st (also the very day Snow White was released in 1937) will see the world's end.
November 10, 2012
spielberg00

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    1. Charles Renbock: There's, I'm in the same room as a prince crazy, and then there's good old fashioned plain traditional psycho crazy. I fear she's the latter.
    – Submitted by Karen Y (19 months ago)
    1. The Evil Queen: Brighton, a word, please.
    2. Brighton: Yes, Your Majesty.
    3. The Evil Queen: Loose lips, sink ships.
    4. Brighton: Yes, indeed, Your Majesty. Exactly which ship would you like sunk?
    5. The Evil Queen: It's an expression, Brighton!
    – Submitted by Karen Y (19 months ago)
    1. The King: You may now kiss the bride.
    2. Prince Alcott: Do I have to say please?
    – Submitted by Karen Y (19 months ago)
    1. Snow White: 'I'll go someplace far away where I can be safe from the queen but I know I will forever cherish our time together. Love, Snow.
    – Submitted by Cty N (21 months ago)
    1. Snow White: Well, at least it doesn't cause you to lose your pants.. I mean, when I met you first, you weren't wearing pants.
    2. Prince Alcott: Yesss...
    3. Snow White: At least now you're dressed, 'up', like a bunny.
    – Submitted by A K (21 months ago)
    1. Napoleon: Grub, I left you a tall stack of pancakes on the stove.
    2. Grub: I don't want pancakes, I want Snow!
    – Submitted by Margaret G (23 months ago)
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