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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Ravenna spares Snow White and simply locks her in a tower for years. When we see the girl grown up, she appears to have at least been regularly fed and treated decently. So that begs the question of whether Ravenna genuinely felt affection for the girl. She only moves to kill the princess when she learns that it'll grant her eternal youth and beauty. Is this twisted affection on Ravenna's part, or is it an effect of Snow's fairest blood?
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  • Broken Base: Kristen Stewart's performance. Some find her to be just as dull and wooden as she is in the Twilight films. Others think it's the the exact opposite.
  • Cry for the Devil: Ravenna, who was taken from her mother by her homeland's king.
  • Development Heaven: Rupert Sanders wanted the film to have plenty of practical effects, and was very particular about realism in scale. As a result, a miniature model of Ravenna's castle was constructed over six months. The gigantic trebuchet likewise weighed 6.5 tonnes.
  • Evil Is Cool: Ravenna is also a huge badass, who's nearly invincible and doesn't seem to even need the massive army she commands. One of Ravenna's coolest moments is when she stands in the middle of a fire just to deliver a Badass Boast.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Ravenna is played by Charlize Theron. In the early parts of the film, before Ravenna's appearance deteriorates as her powers weaken, her beauty is showcased to its full extent.
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  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Most fans preferred the Snow White/Huntsman pairing as opposed to Snow White/William, especially since it's the Huntsman's True Love Kiss that wakes her.
  • Foe Yay Shipping: Ravenna as William kisses Snow White. Snow White initiates it, but Ravenna!William tries to go back in for another kiss, but seems to catch him/herself.
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: Zigzagged. Snow White is the lead but she's barely featured on some of the posters, the marketing choosing to focus on Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman. However given the title has 'Snow White' in it, that was a pretty clear indicator that she was the lead. The film did make plenty of money at the box office, and combined with the success of The Hunger Games, it was made clear that Hollywood was strongly considering greenlighting female-driven action movies. Notably the sequel, which put emphasis on The Huntsman rather than Snow White, wasn't nearly as successful.
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  • Harsher in Hindsight: Now that it's public knowledge that Kristen Stewart (playing the title role) and Rupert Sanders (director) had an affair, it makes the movie either more watchable or cringeworthy depending on your tastes. Not to mention the fact that one of the fairytale's themes is that of an older woman being supplanted by a younger beauty. Now consider the fact that Snow White's mother was played by the director's real-life wife...
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Sam Claflin plays an expert archer who gets his way onto Finn's team by shooting his current archer. The next team he joins certainly doesn't need another bowman.
    • Chris Hemsworth wielding an axe.
    • Ravenna draining out her milk bath to feed the peasants, after Belle Delphine proved there was a market for it.
    • William kisses Snow White and is shortly revealed to be Ravenna in disguise. Just a couple of years later, Kristen Stewart came out as bisexual.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: The majority of the audience were either just there for Thor with a vaguely Scottish accent, or for Charlize Theron Chewing the Scenery every chance she got. Although given that the sequel featured both them and not Kristen Stewart, its domestic failure suggests that quite a lot of people were tuning in for her.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The wicked queen and her brother crossed it long ago, as Snow White's kingdom isn't the first they took over using the same Honey Trap ploy.
  • Narm:
    • At one point, a troll attacks Snow and her escort. How does she deal with this? After she screams at it, she just stares at it until it decides to go away.
    • Many found the repeated insistence of Snow Why being the Fairest of Them All to be this, due to its status of an Informed Attribute.
    • Snow White's Rousing Speech is either this or Narm Charm.
  • Narm Charm: Charlize Theron's incredibly hammy performance as the queen is equal parts hilarious and terrifying. It's clear she's having an absolute ball.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Early on, one of the resistance fighters and his son are captured and brought before the Queen. The father stays silent and ignores the Queen's taunting, but the son grabs a dagger and stabs her in the stomach. Granted, it doesn't kill her but you have to admire his spirit.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: The stigma of Kristen Stewart's fling/affair with the (married) director will likely follow this movie forever now. It even perpetuated rumors that she was dropped from the franchise because of it.
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  • So Okay, It's Average: The critical reviews appear to be leaning between enthusiastic raving and the exact opposite. The fan reaction, meanwhile, has been more in the middle; many viewers thinks it's a visual feast for the eyes and has some interesting ideas, but the execution is uneven.
  • Squick:
    • Good Lord, Ravenna is doing this almost the entire movie. Ravenna's implied incestuous relationship with her brother, the Queen's creepy relationship with Snow White, her used milk bath being piped to peasants outside to collect and drink, the scene where she eats the raw hearts of dead birds, the scene after she poisons Snow White and all her disgusting dead crows slowly ooze together to form her body. By far, the creepiest moment has to be when she tricks Snow White into eating a poisoned apple by pretending to be William and allowing Snow White to kiss her. It's downright gross.
    • You might not want to watch the deleted scene if you want to keep drinking milk without thinking twice; Ravenna is apparently having an orgasm in her milk bath, and people drink that stuff. Try un-seeing that.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Even viewers who otherwise enjoyed the film have been known to state they would’ve preferred the original script's portrayal of Snow White and Eric's relationship as being a father-daughter bond rather than the half-baked romance in the finished film. The huntsman becoming Snow White's mentor and protector after she lost her father at a young age could've been quite heartwarming and the concept of Snow White being woken by familial love rather than romantic love was quite unique in 2012 (Frozen and Maleficent subsequently went in this direction a few years afterwards and were praised for it). Within the movie itself, Eric seemingly having romantic feelings for Snow White adds little to the plot besides creating a superfluous love triangle with her other love interest William, that isn't even resolved onscreen; if you've seen the sequel it ends up feeling even more pointless given it reveals Snow White married William and Eric gets back with his Not Quite Dead Lost Lenore.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Special mention goes to the dark forest, the glass soldiers, and the dwarves.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: The film may seem like another adaption of a Disney fairy tale by Tim Burton, who also made the live-action remake of Alice in Wonderland (2010), but first of all, this movie was not made by Disney, and second, it's PG-13, due to some moderately graphic violence (such as Ravenna eating birds' hearts). There's also some mild Incest Subtext that could make parents (or really anyone) squirm.
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?:
    • Many had trouble getting past the conceit that Kristen Stewart is "fairer" than Charlize Theron. The movie does stress that it's Snow White's inner beauty, but many found that to be an Informed Attribute as well.
    • The dwarfs were all played by actors of average height, with special effects making them appear smaller. This earned the film a protest from the Little People of America, and a condemnation from Warwick Davis.
  • What The Hell, Costuming Department?: Finn's weird bowl cut looks ridiculous, to the point that some viewers have difficulty finding him intimidating at all because of his hair. It wasn't a wig, either, and Sam Spruell didn't much care for the look.