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Mirror Mirror

  • Rated PG
  • HD and SD formats available

children & family, comedy


One of the most beloved tales of all time comes to life in the spectacular Mirror Mirror, starring Lily Collins as Snow White and Julia Roberts as the evil Queen. A fresh and funny retelling of the classic fairy tale.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    49%
  • Audience Score
    45%

common sense

ON for kids age 8
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Educational value
2 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
2 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5

Visually appealing fairy tale lacks oomph but fine for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mirror Mirror is a kid-friendly take on the Snow White fairy tale. Expect a few (bloodless) sword fights and some suggestive jokes that may go over kids' head (including references to a "May-December" romance and a quick reference to being "taken advantage of"). There's also a chaste kiss, a few longing looks, and a couple of dog-like licks on the queen's face while the prince is under a spell. In addition to the sword fights, the Mirror casts some malicious spells, and there are two killer, giant marionettes that try to destroy Snow White and the dwarfs. Unlike Disney's Snow White, Lily Collins' princess ends up learning how to stand up for herself and fights the queen's (Julia Roberts) evil beast alongside the prince.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how this take on Snow White compares to other versions of the beloved fairy tale. In what ways is this Snow White more assertive than other representations of her? How are the dwarfs a bigger part of the story?
  • What does Mirror Mirror have to say about vanity? What are the literal and figurative costs of the queen's vanity? Should it matter if you're the most beautiful person around?
  • Why are princess tales so popular? Does this spin on the princess story have a more progressive message for girls than previous versions?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    49%
    reviews counted: 19
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  • Audience

    45%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: 'Mirror Mirror' is as gaudily spectacular as you expect if you've seen director Tarsem Singh's films, 'The Fall' and 'Immortals'.

- Cath Clarke, Time Out, Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Fresh: Singh brings cheeky humor, an eccentric sensibility and an enchanting look to his re-imagined tale.

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Thursday, March 29, 2012

Fresh: An attitude of mischief and charm rather than outright satire.

- Eric D. Snider, Film.com, Friday, March 30, 2012

Audience Reviews

1 star

I gotta admit, I've always liked the "Disney Snow White" cartoon. The story, the dwarves, I enjoyed everything about it. "Mirror Mirror" is a live action take on the Snow White fairy tale, and has zero in common with the cartoon. Actually, this movie has zero in common with any good movie period. It's the classic Snow White story, with a different take, a not so evil-evil queen, and a different ending. Julia Roberts stars as the Queen, and I actually think they made this movie just for her. She can't decide if she is good or, serious or funny. It's pretty much a jumbled mess when it comes to her. Shouldn't Snow White be the focus of the movie? I guess I'm just in the wrong on this. The effects are cheesy, the action is campy, and the acting is just ok. Lily Collins(Snow White) and Armie Hammer(the Prince) both do an ok job, and are much more enjoyable than Roberts. The dwarves are fun, but not nearly as fun and entertaining as their animated counterparts. Kids should dig this(especially the girls), but adults will roll their eyes. 2012 ushered in two live action "Snow White" movies, "Mirror Mirror" and "Snow White and The Huntsman". I'm willing to bet in 50 years, the animated version is the one still remembered, but "Mirror Mirror" will be the one completely forgotten.

- fb100000145236770, Monday, May 28, 2012

3 stars

Interesting twist on snow white. She becomes the hero. Julia Roberts is the evil queen. Some funny lines.

- thmtsang, Sunday, May 13, 2012

2 stars

the film is excellent on the visuals, and the first half feels like a light fare mel brooks comedy. it was witty and full of fantasy. the last half of the film descends a bit into standard fare for a fairy tale like this. it becomes dry, and overplayed, and loses its muster. overall a fun family movie.

- sanjurosamurai, Tuesday, September 4, 2012