'Mirror Mirror' Critic Reviews
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.
Superlative performances from Roberts and Hammer almost cover the shortcomings. Like most Tarsem films it's a muddle, but this time not one with enough distracting dazzle.
A romantic panto-style romp through goody-gum drops land, full of the best natured fun you'll find on the big screen, and with an inspired performance from Julia Roberts.
Bonkers but bloody good fun, especially if you're under the age of 10.
Little White Lies
A colourful and sophisticated spin on a well-known tale, recommended for children of all ages.
So desperate to play it safe that it actually becomes drab.
Three Movie Buffs
The children in the audience seemed to enjoy it and as they seem to be the intended audience then on that level at least it succeeded.
Thompson on Hollywood
Lily Collins' Snow White is a doltish drip,..While the often incoherent filmmaker has always favored style over content in the past, he was never this insipid.
Younger children might enjoy Mirror Mirror because it's bright, shiny and pretty.
The Scorecard Review
I don't think you'll feel 'happily ever after' when the film ends, but you'll be pleased enough by its magic.
Uneven, subversively flamboyant, tediously tweaking the 'Once Upon a Time' concept
This dull trifle forced me to co-opt the names Sleepy and Grumpy for the duration of its running time.
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
...an entertaining and creative retelling of an old fairy tale that should entertain children and adults alike.
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Far below par for a Tarsem picture, if seen solely on the basis of the family film Mirror Mirror wants so badly to be; the very youngest viewers will be sufficiently entertained by the dwarves' hijinks and silly, slapstick humour.
'Who's the fairest of them all,' is a cruel question to pose to a Hollywood beauty in her forties facing competition from ever-younger starlets, but Julia Roberts gamely takes it on the chin in this tongue-in-cheek reinvention of the classic fairy tale
Older children will enjoy the laughs, and adults will like the visuals, acting and creative parody.
It's all a mess, and not very fun. This is one movie that didn't cast a spell on me at all. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Eric D. Snider
San Francisco Chronicle
All we get are scattered bits of cleverness, some hit and some miss.
The Popcorn Junkie
A light-hearted take on the fairytale material with a few slight adjustments. Might keep kids entertained but adults might be praying for the tainted apple.
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
[The] screenplay seems more like a clever first draft than well-developed property, but the cast is charming and energetic, and Singh knows how to martial the forces of art direction to create stunningly inventive images.
Luke Y. Thompson
Best to approach Mirror Mirror like a waking dream. The story doesn't make much sense, but the visual cues meld into one another with the finesse of a painter blending his colors.
This is a film in which bee-stung lips are achieved with real bees' stings and puppy love can make a man behave like an actual puppy. Truly, it's the stuff of fairy tales.