The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 Reviews

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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
December 3, 2012
A feast of ripe dialogue and bloodsucking action.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
November 19, 2012
The fifth and final entry in the historically successful "Twilight" franchise is the most self-aware and in some ways the most entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 19, 2012
If anything, this series has gotten dumber and more inert as it has progressed, with this last one finally reaching over into an extended wallow in camp.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 18, 2012
I'll probably never understand the popularity of the Twilight movies. They're haphazardly assembled adaptations of awful books.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 16, 2012
You're going to hear a lot about Breaking Dawn Part 2 being the best of the Twilight movies. That's like saying a simple head cold is preferable to swine flu.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
November 16, 2012
The 'Twilight Saga' has no upmarket aspirations. Seeking neither critical applause or peer-review awards, these movies, like those of Tyler Perry, seek only to provide unabashed satisfaction to those who believe in their characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Guy Lodge
Time Out
November 16, 2012
A riotous showdown ... finds an absurdly ingenious way both to preserve and subvert the contentiously passive climax of Meyer's novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 15, 2012
It's a movie so dull you might start yanking on your own head after about an hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 15, 2012
After the laborious exposition of "Part 1," "Part 2" is able to reap the benefits, tying together some disparate threads and providing real action at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 15, 2012
The very title Breaking Dawn, Part 2 hints at what the movie, sadly, reveals to be the case: The Twilight franchise has overstayed its welcome.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
November 15, 2012
The first "Twilight" film that could get non-fans' hearts pumping turns out to be the last.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 15, 2012
Fans of the series, which has made more than $2 billion worldwide, will no doubt find it all terribly romantic and deeply meaningful. The rest of humanity will remain unmoved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 15, 2012
Despite the slow start Mr. Condon closes the series in fine, smooth style. He gives fans all the lovely flowers, conditioned hair and lightly erotic, dreamy kisses they deserve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
November 15, 2012
While parting involved no sorrow, it was sweeter than expected.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 15, 2012
As billion-dollar Hollywood franchises go, this is one of the drawn-out dumbest. The stake through the heart comes not a moment too soon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 15, 2012
"Breaking Dawn, Part 2" doesn't end the series on an especially strong note, but it ends it. Let's count our blessings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 15, 2012
Full of pauses and intense looks and vague standing around ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
November 15, 2012
It's about as exciting as watching David Blaine play Stratego and makes you miss the power of the first four films all the more: the uncontainable yearning of the Bella-Edward-Jacob triangle.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 15, 2012
With so many scenes of well-dressed vampires sitting or standing, stiffly, while Taylor Lautner or Robert Pattinson or Kristen Stewart passes another micro-slab of dialogue like a kidney stone, [Sheen's] overacting's greatly appreciated, thanks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 15, 2012
It made me realize that, as narratively lumpy as they can be, I like the Twilight films because they're really about the eternal movie romance of vampires at play.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 15, 2012
It's not a good film, but viewed from a cockeyed angle, it's a great guilty pleasure, and director Bill Condon is in on the joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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November 15, 2012
While "Breaking Dawn - Part 1" was zany enough...to almost work as a stand-alone, "Part 2" relies on mad rushes of exposition to explain exactly what's at stake here.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 15, 2012
Easily the trippiest and goofiest of the five addled adolescent vampire romances based on the Stephenie Meyer books ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Genevieve Koski
AV Club
November 15, 2012
A messy, unwieldy slab of film product that's targeted directly at fans of the book series, with little regard for anyone else.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 15, 2012
As for you, dear reader, the symptoms of our long national nightmare should begin to fade as you're heading out of the theater, dissipating by the time you clear the concession stand.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 15, 2012
Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the fifth and concluding chapter of the young vampire romance franchise, manages to find a pulse as it profitably clicks the turnstiles one last time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
November 15, 2012
Good riddance "Twilight," may it be an eternity before you're relaunched or rebooted.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 15, 2012
This fifth and mercifully final installment features so much idle anticipation that it's unclear whether we're watching a movie or an Apple product launch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
November 15, 2012
Rather than repeat past mistakes by handling author Stephenie Meyer's supernatural love story with kid gloves, this "Twilight" cuts loose and is as playful as a puppy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
November 15, 2012
The dialogue remains spotty and sappy, the effects still haven't caught up to modern-day standards, but "Twilight's" popularity is such that even when it falls short, it doesn't seem to matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
November 15, 2012
Finally, someone took the source material at its terribly written word and stopped treating the whole affair so seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 15, 2012
Condon and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg aren't afraid to play fast and loose with Meyer's story, and that's a good thing. You just wish they'd done it more often.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 15, 2012
"Breaking Dawn, Part 2" expands with a full intensity of force, stronger and more epic than the films that led to this impactful finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 15, 2012
I must admit if you're going to bring the series to a close, "Part 2" does it about as well as it can be done.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
November 14, 2012
Tellingly, it's when Condon and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg veer away from Stephenie Meyer's turgid text that Breaking Dawn, Part 2 actually comes to life and turns into something bold and outrageous.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 14, 2012
Finally -- finally! -- the Twilight franchise embraces its own innate absurdity with the gleefully over-the-top conclusion, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
November 13, 2012
The final installment of the immortal Bella/Edward romance will give its breathlessly awaiting international audience just what it wants.
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Justin Chang
Variety
November 13, 2012
This second of two Bill Condon-directed installments clears a low bar to stand easily as the franchise's most eventful and exciting entry.