'Mirror Mirror' Critic Reviews
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
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.
Charming, funny and beautifully designed, this is a hugely enjoyable fairy tale comedy with a witty script and terrific performances from all three leads.
Antagony & Ecstasy
It's entirely fair to say that a huge part of the "point" lies in creating a physically plausible version of an illustrated storybook. A+ all around on that count.
You'll laugh intermittently, but more often, you'll notice where you're supposed to be laughing and aren't.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
What's surprising is just how clearly Singh has left his fingerprints all over the film.
Such light comedy is right in the Julia Roberts wheelhouse, and she clearly relishes the chance to flex her proven timing while inhabiting a villainous character.
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
The sets and especially the costumes delight the eye, even if the action they are meant to support is rather static...
The sets and special effects are unremarkable, and no honest mirror would tell Julia Roberts that Lily Collins was fairer than her.
A magical muddle minus any real mirrored mystery ... makes sure we all know Roberts is the fairest (and unfunniest) of them all ...
Mirror Mirror is an effervescent and occasionally uproarious romp, which references the familiar elements including an enchanted looking glass and a poisoned apple.
This umpteenth reiteration of the fairy tale has held fast to its most tiresome aspects: Snow White's dull sweetness and the evil Queen's one-track motivation.
Daily Mirror [UK]
This grim offering isn't just terribly unfunny and mean spirited, it's also very boring.
Singh's visuals are - as always - impressive and thanks to a better script this is a far more enjoyable experience than his recent Immortals.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
This retelling of the famous Grimm fairy tale tries too hard to be funny.
Daily Mail [UK]
Singh's main fault is identical to the wicked queen's: he can't see the point of anything beyond prettification.
Weighed down by a script that relies heavily on Shrek-like modern snarkiness in period garb for its laughs, but without any Shrek-like jokes.
Mirror Mirror treads a difficult line between childish innocence and more seasoned humour but it just about pulls it off, chugging along at a decent pace throughout with an admirable sense of its own silliness.
Monsters and Critics
No surprises here, just a fun and funny piece of PG eye candy.
It's inconsequential, campy fun but a sharper and funnier script would have made it more memorable and entertaining.
With the ludicrous Bollywood-style finale having nothing to do with the rest of the movie, you do wonder if Singh has dared to look at his own face in the mirror since he put the film to bed.
'Mirror Mirror' is as gaudily spectacular as you expect if you've seen director Tarsem Singh's films, 'The Fall' and 'Immortals'.
To borrow a line Roberts spits at Collins, there's something about Mirror that's incredibly irritating.
Singh indulges his unwholesome weirdness with a kind of innocence, but only in the closing Bollywood number does his folly take flight.
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Cheeky version of the Brothers Grimm.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
Singh, famous for directing music videos and creating striking and glitzy shots, is not particularly good at moving the tale forward.