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Twilight (2008)

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49

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 206
Fresh: 100 | Rotten: 106

Having lost much of its bite transitioning to the big screen, Twilight will please its devoted fans, but do little for the uninitiated.

55

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 19

Having lost much of its bite transitioning to the big screen, Twilight will please its devoted fans, but do little for the uninitiated.

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When Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) reluctantly moved to the perpetually overcast town of Forks, WA, and set out to carve a niche for herself, she assumed it would be one similar to the low-profile social position she held back in Phoenix. First on the list of surprises was the unfamiliar attention from the male population of her new high school; second, the attention from one male in particular: Edward Cullen, Vampire (Robert Pattinson). Before long, the unlikely soul mates find themselves in a

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My hope is that the sequels are actual attempts at movies. The world doesn't need any more toothless cinema.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com
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A deeply sincere, outright goofy vampire romance for the hot-not-to-trot abstinence set.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Some will find it all too polite, but compared to rival blockbuster exercises in explosive CGI mayhem, its character-based index of longing and protectiveness at least provides a viable alternative moodscape.

December 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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I succumbed to the palpable chemistry between the leads, and remembered my own girlish fantasies with something of a head-spinning rush.

December 12, 2008 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National | Comments (3)
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I think this film is definitely a victim of it's own expectations.

November 24, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (11)
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Unfortunately, it just didn't work.

November 24, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (2)
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Unless you're a 14-year-old girl who gets all giddy at the thought of cute boys and first love, steer clear of Thirteen director Catherine Hardwicke's anemic adaptation.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Yes, it's strongly geared to the teen audience, but don't hold it against the filmmakers and go in with any preconceived notions and you'll find it a fun opening chapter of a new franchise.

November 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

It's not the stunts and derring-do which excite the senses as much as the quiet chemistry between Stewart and Pattinson; that is guaranteed to get your blood up.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

I've had mosquito bites that were more passionate than this undead, unrequited, and altogether unfun pseudo-romantic riff on Romeo and Juliet.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Comments (8)
Austin Chronicle

Its built-in fanbase (thanks to the best-selling novel) is ready to swoon. I'm not one of those swooners but even I had a great time indulging in the earnest urgency.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Twilight really does have an infatuation with surface beauty, especially where the vampires are concerned. In fact they sum up the film pretty well. It's a fašade, an appealing one to people who share the right appetites, but that's all.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Cinema.com: A densely erotic, twisted take on teen screen romance, Twilight zones out beneath the crushing weight of underage lust intensified and complicated by the excruciating abstention here of unorthodox vampire appetites.

July 31, 2010 Full Review Source: WBAI Radio | Comments (6)
WBAI Radio

...the film has been infused with a deliberate pace that proves instrumental in establishing (and perpetuating) the source material's very specific atmosphere.

March 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (3)
Reel Film Reviews

Romantic, smart, likable and often quite funny, without any tacked-on snarkiness or desperate hipness.

December 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

Twilight is mostly elegantly put together, though anything having to do with the pack of bad vampires is disastrous...

November 23, 2009 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

It's hard not to get sucked in--if one can get past the sometimes hokey, melodramatic teenage dialogue.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Suggests Anne Rice slumming for a WB special

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comment (1)
CinePassion

For a piece about forbidden lust/love, it's not very tortured.

August 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Comments (2)
Window to the Movies

So this is what all the fuss is about?

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Comments (26)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

The genre has certainly come a long way from I Was a Teenage Werewolf.

March 19, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Comments (6)
NewsBlaze

A densely erotic, twisted take on teen screen romance and underage rebel lust. And while not exactly the sexually suggestive The Man Who Came For Dinner, Twilight zones out on a defiant inter-species dating fantasy, Close Encounters Of The Thirst Kind.

March 14, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Comments (3)
NewsBlaze

Twilight is pure fantasy, emphasis on the pure... it's a soft-focus reverie for girls who want to be Disney princesses and have their bad boys, too, as long as the bad boys are models of tormented self-restraint.

March 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Miss FlickChick | Comments (29)
Miss FlickChick

As lovers, these two are not convincing. They don't produce enough of a spark to set off gasoline vapor.

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Comments (22)
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Audience Reviews for Twilight

It was pretty good introduction to the series. I actually enjoyed it.
January 10, 2013
Raajay

Super Reviewer

With all the hype (and hate) around this film, it's difficult to view objectively, however I can see both why it's popular and why it's so hated. The performances are iffy, with some really awful and awkward to watch scenes, but at the same time there's teenage love and friendship that tries to hold it all together. The peril is very real which is a boost, but overall I'd say give it a miss unless vampires are your kind of thing.
November 29, 2012
StarCrossedVoyager

Super Reviewer

I thought that this was a well executed romantic, as Bella and Edward are two unlikely people who fall hopelessly in love with each other. This story has been told many times before, but this time around it is is with a vampire meeting a human. It put's a fresh spin on the romantic genre, while adding in some nice cinematography and editing, but the special effects are too cheesy to take seriously at times. However, the book is well written, leading to a mediocre script here, but the story is present, and the idea is fresh. The few action scenes are fun and the end will leave you wanting more. I will recommend this film to anyone who is a fan of action or romance, but sadly, that is as far as I go. I did expect a little more!
November 17, 2012
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

    1. Edward Cullen: What if I'm no a hero. What if I'm the bad guy?
    – Submitted by Swa S (16 months ago)
    1. Edward Cullen: It's an extraordinary thing to meet someone who you can bare your soul to and accept you for what you are.
    – Submitted by Camille Ann T (17 months ago)
    1. Bella Swan: Vampirs play baseball?
    2. Edward Cullen: It is the national pastime.
    – Submitted by Frances H (17 months ago)
    1. Bella Swan: About three things I was absolutely certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was part of him-and I didn't know how potent that part might be- that thirsted for my blood. and third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. Jacob Black: Oh here let me help you.
    2. Edward Cullen: Jacob I got it from here.
    3. Jacob Black: See you around Bella.
    4. Bella Swan: Yeah.
    5. Edward Cullen: I leave you alone for five minutes and the wolves descend.
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (18 months ago)
    1. Rosalie: Why? What is she to me?
    2. Dr. Carlisle Cullen: Rosalie. Bella is with Edward. She's part of the family now. We protect our family.
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (18 months ago)
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