The Huntsman Movie Reviews: Did Critics Warm to Winter's War?

Jessica Chastain and Chris Hemsworth in The Huntsman: Winter's War
Jessica Chastain and Chris Hemsworth in The Huntsman: Winter’s War

The Huntsman Movie: Critics Weigh In on Winter’s War with Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain

Fairy tale magic or fairly bad tale?

The critics rode into battle and took no prisoners, throughly ravaging “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” the sequel/prequel to “Snow White and The Huntsman” that returns Chris Hemsworth in the titular role and Charlize Theron as the wicked queen.

Only Theron, Emily Blunt and Colleen Atwood’s costumes emerged mostly unscathed from the reviewers’ onslaught. A weak 16 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes went to this film that The Observer’s Jonathan Romney called an “insipid confection.”

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A sprinkling:

“Even (Theron and Blunt’s) doubled-up diva-tude … can’t ignite a rhythmically flat, seemingly committee-helmed franchise outing that never decides on its dramatic center” — Guy Lodge, Variety

“Surely something has gone very wrong with a film when viewers feels more invested in the costumes than the characters” — Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

Many were confused by construction of the movie, which takes place before and after “Snow White and The Huntsman.”

“Rarely has the lead character from a famous fairy tale been booted out of her own story’s sequel (or prequel, or sidequel, or you be the judge what this movie is), yet that is the fate of Snow White in ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War.’ Played byKristen Stewart in the 2012 franchise originator, ‘Snow White and the Huntsman,’ the apple enthusiast doesn’t even turn up in flashback (or forward); we merely hear about how things are going well in her happy kingdom. Seems she was just too boring to bother about” — Jason Solomons, The Wrap

One Happy Critic Among The Huntsman Movie Reviews

And one rare positive says that whatever it it, it’s at least better than the first one.

“It’s a welcome surprise: sharper and funnier than its doom-laden predecessor, with a fantasy setting immersive enough to distract from the narrative’s various chips and cracks” — Robbie Collin, The Telegraph