25 April 2016

What Critics Are Saying About ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’

This week at the multiplex, we’ve got just one wide release: the fantasy prequel/sequel “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” starring Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt. Find out what the critics have to say on Rotten Tomatoes.

“The Huntsman: Winter’s War”

“Snow White and the Huntsman” might not have set the world on fire, but it was a decent fantasy adventure with some sharp visuals and a feminist edge. Still, the world wasn’t necessarily clamoring for a sequel, much less this prequel/sequel, which critics say squanders its all-star cast on a plot that’s alternately predictable and incoherent. This time out, heartbroken Ice Queen Freya (Emily Blunt) exiles herself to a mountain where she abolishes love and recruits an army of child soldiers. After her sister Ravenna (Charlize Theron) is defeated by Snow White, Freya searches for the magic mirror to resurrect her, while two of her former soldiers team up to stop her. “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” is currently at 17 percent on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer; check out some of the reviews here:

Rotten: “Gowns aside, this thing’s a snooze: Events unfold tediously, and there are many scenes in which extras with dirty faces, playing demoralized townsfolk, mill about in a desultory fashion..” — Stephanie Zacharek, Time Magazine

Rotten: “Nearly every major character dies and comes back to life at least once and a convoluted narrative yields not a single, palpable moment of drama.” — Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times

Rotten: “There is a decent movie buried in here somewhere, but with such powerhouse actresses, it’s dismaying that it feels so regressive from the first.” — Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press

Fresh: “In the hands of first-time feature director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, who works with a slapped-together but serviceable screenplay by Evan Spiliotopoulos and Craig Mazin, all that silly stuff is plenty entertaining and, in fits and starts, even charming.” — Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair

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