Kristen Stewart’s long awaited non-Twilight epic “Snow White and the Huntsman,” is being hunted down by movie critics and shot full of arrows.
Prevailing opinion on the film is trending negative. Even movie goers aren’t giving it huge ratings.
The film was widely anticipated because it is Stewart’s first big-budget epic outside of the “Twilight” franchise. What’s more, it was supposed to help her break the mold she’s been cast in as timid, introverted Bella Swan in the “Twilight” movies.
The Kristen Stewart Reviews Are In…
“Stewart, with her contemporary edge, seems to be acting in the wrong era.
—Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
“Snow White has enough visual fireworks to keep the film afloat, even if star Kristen Stewart can’t get out of Twilight mode.”
—Scott Bowles, USA Today
“Kristen Stewart isn’t a bad actress.”
—Pete Vonder Haar, Houston Press
“Stewart moves through the picture looking noble and sadly dull, unwittingly setting the stage for the evil queen to steal her show.”
—Stephanie Zacharek, Movieline
“Even though it’s not all Stewart’s fault, the other people in the movie are so much more compelling…”
—Chris Hewitt, St. Paul Pioneer Press
“This ‘Snow White’ is one of those revisionist fairy tales in which the princess takes control of her own destiny. A different actress might have been able to sell that, but Stewart can’t…”
—Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
But they way some critics see it, Kristen is just as incapable of showing emotion as her Forks High School character. More than 120 critics have weighed in on the film so far, and it’s received a 46 percent rating on rottentomatoes, which tracks movie reviews.
While 74 percent of moviegoers who saw the film would recommend it to a friend, that number pales in comparison to “The Hunger Games,” starring Jennifer Lawrence. It got straight 85 percent ratings from critics and fans.
Washington Post critic Michael Sullivan called the film a “virtual orchard of toxic excess, starting with the unnecessarily sprawling cast of characters.”
As TheImproper reported when the first trailer was released, Charlize Theron stole the picture as the evil queen.
“A slow, boring film that has no charm and is highlighted only by a handful of special effects and Charlize Theron’s truly evil queen,” wrote Mick LaSalle, of the San Francisco Chronicle .
“Is this classic miscasting. Kristen Stewart? The fairest one of all? In a pure, who’s hot and who’s not contest, Charlize Theron — wicked queen or not — wins in a slam dunk,” writes Gary Wolcott of the Tri-City Herald.
The film got sort of a back-handed thumbs up from Peter Travers of Rolling Stone. He praises the film, but accuses Director Rupert Sanders of losing “his nerve just when the story starts cooking.”
As for Stewart, “with her contemporary edge, [she] seems to be acting in the wrong era,” writes Peter Rainer, with the Christian Science Monitor.
Maybe Lawrence would have given a fleshier, bawdier performance as Snow White. Check out a new trailer below.