5. A Brothers Grimm story has the same challenge as true-life drama: Most people already know how it is going to turn out, so the storytelling must provide a compelling journey and “Snow White and the Huntsman” is not up to the trip.
4. There is plenty to enjoy, especially the visual effects which are so grand, especially with their rendering of full-size actors as dwarfs, that the imagery nearly makes up for a bland storyline.
3. Those effects, alas, are not quite enough to recover from Kristen Stewart’s personality-free acting in the title role.
1. The biggest flaw with “Snow White and the Huntsman” is that in no universe is which the talented and gorgeous Charlize Theron is less fair than the dull and plain Stewart.
Time: 2 hours, 7 minutes
Director: Rupert Sanders
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin, Chris Hemsworth, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Stephen Graham, Ray Winstone, Lily Cole, Sam Spruell, Liberty Ross, Noah Huntley, Nick Frost
Finney’s Flicks Grade: C