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The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)



Critic Consensus: The Huntsman: Winter's War is visually arresting and boasts a stellar cast, but neither are enough to recommend this entirely unnecessary sequel.

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Freya the Ice Queen (Emily Blunt) brings her sister Ravenna (Charlize Theron) back to life, and the powerful evil siblings plan to conquer the Enchanted Forest. Only the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and his secret lover Sara (Jessica Chastain) can stop them in this sequel continuing the inventive twist on the Snow White fable.

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Chris Hemsworth
as ?owca, The Huntsman
Sam Claflin
as William
Sheridan Smith
as Mrs. Bromwyn
Conrad Khan
as Young Eric
Niamh Walter
as Young Sara
Amelia Crouch
as Young Pippa
Fred Tatasciore
as Mirror Man
Ralph Ineson
as Barkeep
Lynne Wilmot
as Bar Wench
Colin Morgan
as Duke of Blackwood
David Mumeni
as Lead Soldier
Kara Lily Hayworth
as Freya's Lady in Waiting
Madeleine Worrall
as Eric's Mother
Osi Okerafor
as Soldier
Chinna Wodu
as Huntsman Lookout
Tim Delap
as Huntsman Guard
Ian Davies
as Huntsman
Maya Wasowicz
as Woman on Cart
Sam Coulson
as Snow White Soldier
Annie Guy
as Little Girl
AJ Bediako
as Huntsman
Yusuf Hofri
as Children
Eshan Gopal
as Children
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Critic Reviews for The Huntsman: Winter's War

All Critics (211) | Top Critics (42)

When people gripe about Hollywood's reliance on sequels and cheap franchise cash-ins, this is the kind of movie they mean: no Grimm's Fairy Tale, but a grim tale nonetheless.

April 23, 2016 | Full Review…

By cramming far too much material into 114 minutes, The Huntsman: Winter's War feels rushed and incomplete.

April 22, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The script lifts so much plot from Disney's animated Frozen that it could qualify as a remake. No one sings "Let It Go," but my advice to audiences is to do just that.

April 22, 2016 | Rating: 1/4

Here's hoping that any future installment ditches the Huntsman the way that Snow White was shunted aside, because the evil queens are where it's at.

April 22, 2016

Freya is given the barest veil of a backstory while Ravenna just oozes ribbons of black bile (literally) for her own evil reasons. These women may be strong but they are never deep.

April 22, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

At least now we have an answer to the question, "Who's the dullest franchise of them all?"

April 22, 2016 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Huntsman: Winter's War

Rather decent mix of a prequel and sequel to the recent Snow white fantasy adventure. This is more of the same, an evil ruler, fantasy creatures, action, some humor (mostly thanks to dwarves). Nothing groundbreaking but pretty entertaining and well done. The film even manages to take a few rather unexpected turns before we reach the inevitable but pretty sweet happily ever after..

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Entertaining, but slowly paced. There are plenty of references to Disney's Snow White story, but if you're expecting a Disney flick, you'll be disappointed. This is more of an action/adventure film (although surprisingly spare with the action and adventure). It's really not for kids. Great special effects and nice costumes dress up a somewhat formulaic script. Hemsworth is likable with a facile but puzzling Scottish brogue (I'm guessing it's Scottish -- there's no reason I could discern for any accent whatsoever). But great actresses are really the source of gravity in this film. Watch this film for the women -- not for the titular character, and you'll feel you got your money's worth.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer


"Homaging" Disney's Frozen like crazy, this fantasy isn't epic (although it likes to pretend that it is) but nonetheless serviceable. The actors do their part to support a heavily CGI-ed story engine, and that they do quite competently. Remind yourself that it's only a movie and you'll be fine. And it's got Emily Blunt. What? You don't like Emily Blunt? I only was unhappy with the evils monkeys in the forest bit, which was both obvious and over-the-line.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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