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The Huntsman: Winter's War

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Messy, violent Snow White sequel wastes its great actors.

Movie PG-13 2016 114 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 16+

Not for kids.

Nudity and sex depicted to graphically for children.
age 15+

Good Movie but some indecency

I think the movie itself was a good one, however they could have done w/o the very close call where you see the side of her naked (parts are covered but it was a close call). I would of thought as a kid movie it could of done without that, after all Snow White is a kids movie. The story line was good and I enjoyed the movie but not so happy about the sexual context of it all.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (18 ):

Despite a fabulous cast, Theron's absence for most of this visually outstanding but underwhelming film takes away its most compelling element -- a treacherous villain. Blunt is a wonderful actress, but her Freya, while fascinating, isn't as interesting as her older sister. She's like Elsa with a big army and a frozen heart, but she's not convincingly eeevil like Ravenna. The romantic subplot between Eric and Sara is predictable from the first time they lay eyes on each other as kidnapped children, and no time is spent on how their forbidden love managed to grow in a kingdom where they're supposed to feel only loyalty. The messy plot doesn't allow viewers to see more than that they were the best and prettiest and therefore fated.

By the time Theron finally pops back into the picture, it's too little, too late to save it from mediocrity. Her slithering, scheming queen is the brightest part of the movie, and even the talented stars and funny cameos from Nick Frost, Sheridan Smith, and two other British comedians as dwarves can redeem this confoundingly boring mess. The only saving graces (besides the stars) are the gorgeous costumes and the visually impressive enchanted forest. Otherwise, seeing this is merely an exercise in supporting quality actors stuck in a subpar sequel which is made even more infuriating by the obvious way it leaves room for yet another installment.

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