-- Los Angeles Times: It is an absolute wonder to watch and creates a warrior princess for the ages. But what this revisionist fairy tale does not give us is a passionate love — its kisses are as chaste as the snow is white. ... This is a movie that is built from the ground up for maximum visual impact — the sewage that Snow White must swim through is wretched, the rock-hewn castle seems hand-carved out of the cliffs, the mythical white stag in a forest lush with bewitching flora and fauna is otherworldly to behold.
-- Washington Post: Overlong, overcrowded, overstimulating and with an over-the-top performance by Charlize Theron as the evil queen Ravenna, the movie is a virtual orchard of toxic excess, starting with the unnecessarily sprawling cast of characters. ... Directed by first-timer Rupert Sanders, "Snow White and the Huntsman" feels less like a movie than a deadly cocktail of movie cliches, all of which have been thrown into a blender, set to "slow" and pureed for two hours.
-- Tribune newspapers: At its best, "Snow White and the Huntsman" feels less like a desperate blockbuster and more like a handmade object. Anachronistic wisecracks are nowhere to be found. It's a rather grave adventure, and [Kristen] Stewart isn't required to carry the movie but simply do her part, affectingly.