Mirror Mirror: As bad as it looks?

The film's meandering plot, misfired jokes, and derided Julia Roberts performance have critics counting the days until Snow White and the Huntsman hits theaters

Julia Roberts turn as the Evil Queen in "Mirror Mirror" may be the Oscar winner's worst performance ever, critics say.
(Image credit: Facebook.com/Mirror Mirror)

The cinematic Snow White showdown may turn out to be a one-sided affair. A gothic action version of the classic tale, Snow White and the Huntsman, doesn't arrive until June 1, but the candy-colored family comedy interpretation, Mirror Mirror, hits theaters Friday. If the scathing reviews of the latter are any indication, it's obvious which film will end up being the fairest of them all. Directed by visual wunderkind Tarsem Singh (The Cell) and starring Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, Armie Hammer as the prince, and Lily Collins as Snow, Mirror Mirror is easily "the year's worst movie," says Ramin Setoodeh at The Daily Beast. (Watch the trailer below.) The plot centers on the newly-of-age Snow White, who ventures outside the castle for the first time and becomes smitten at first sight with the hunky prince. Unfortunately, her evil stepmother already has her eyes on him, and seethes with jealousy. Hinjinx ensue. Is it really as bad as it looks?

It's dreadful: As the Evil Queen, Roberts goes through a beauty ritual in the film involving "bee stings on her lips, a bite from a scorpion, putting burrs between her toes, and smearing her face with bird poop," says Joe Neumaier at New York's Daily News. That's basically "what it's like to sit through the movie," too. The film is entirely devoid of wit, the sets "seem recycled from some high school theater production," and the queen's mirror resembles a "wooden outhouse adrift in a Dali painting." Mirror Mirror aims to be fun, but it's a charmless bore.

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