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Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 192
Fresh: 47 | Rotten: 145

Slow, joyless, and loaded with unintentionally humorous moments, Breaking Dawn Part 1 may satisfy the Twilight faithful, but it's strictly for fans of the franchise.


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 29

Slow, joyless, and loaded with unintentionally humorous moments, Breaking Dawn Part 1 may satisfy the Twilight faithful, but it's strictly for fans of the franchise.



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In The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson), plus those they love, must deal with the chain of consequences brought on by a marriage, honeymoon, and the tumultuous birth of a child...which brings an unforeseen and shocking development for Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). -- (C) Summit Entertainment

Feb 11, 2012


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All Critics (192) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (145) | DVD (3)

This penultimate "Twilight" film is the best in the series so far. It's languorous, romantic, moody, and, in the end, horrifying.

December 5, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (41)
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Color us stoked that a Twilight movie even strays into evil-fetus territory.

November 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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The last twenty minutes of Breaking Dawn are so harrowing that it's possible to forget that most of the acting is soap-operatic (the guy who plays Carlisle is aging to look like Liberace) and the dialogue from hunger.

November 20, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture | Comments (17)
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It all goes wrong just when it should go right.

November 18, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (91)
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Melodrama reigns in this supernatural soap opera, even though author Stephanie Meyer's tale takes a decided turn toward the weird and violent.

November 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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This is a well-made film, though sometimes unintentionally funny.

November 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Richard | Comments (28)
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For those still in possession of their wits, this film is not only the worst of the Twilight flicks so far, but just about the most melodramatic and insipid movie I've ever watched.

February 9, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

The worst film in the "saga." Utter camp.

December 28, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

These movies have become one big joke, with hokey acting, slapdash visuals and Kindergarten dialogue. It felt like such a parody that it might as well have been directed by those jerks who made DISASTER MOVIE and EPIC MOVIE.

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Geek Central
Film Geek Central

Breaking Dawn - Part 1 transfers pivotal events from the source material to the screen but fails to translate those events into a competent two-hour movie experience.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

This film was made for the fans as they're going to be the only ones able to appreciate it, despite it not having any redeeming qualities whatsoever.

September 18, 2012 Full Review Source:

Dialogue howlers and largely soapy, melodramatic performances abound.

May 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

As a movie, this isn't terrible; none of them have been, really. Each film has gotten a director who has tried to do something simple and honest with Meyer's tormented material.

April 30, 2012 Full Review Source:

Entertainingly bad. In fact, it's the funniest movie we've seen this year even though it isn't a comedy (we think).

March 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page | Comment (1)
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If I can say anything for the film, it's that it delivers exactly what the legions of Twi-hards want and expect--or what 'Team Edward' wants, anyway.

January 11, 2012 Full Review Source:

Terribly broken.

December 9, 2011 Full Review Source:

Bill Condon gives the series' fans what they have shown they want: uneven storytelling, maudlin dialog and decidedly one-note performances.

December 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

Bella makes her way toward "the kingdom where nobody dies" by being rather ingeniously resilient, completely predictable and frustrating, punished and punishing. She's 18, again and still.

December 7, 2011 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Whatever momentum the third film had in this series, it's gone. Once again, it's an average soap opera.

December 5, 2011 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
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Twilight series nears the end

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Comments (4)
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For a movie about life-sucking vampires and flesh-ripping werewolves, there sure is an inordinate focus on the birds and the bees.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile | Comments (3)
American Profile

This slow-moving film has long periods of inaction and generates little suspense, making it the worst film in the "Twilight Saga" films so far.

November 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Comments (4)
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Director Bill Condon, prostituting himself, flirts with teen porn ...

November 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Comments (8)
Sacramento News & Review

At least Jacob seems to understand the contradiction inherent in the insistence that coldblooded undeath is just another lifestyle choice.

November 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

How else to explain a wedding gown designed by Carolina Herrera in a town where the average gown is designed by Cooter and Otis Herrera.

November 28, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieJuice! | Comments (3)

Audience Reviews for Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

No disrespect to director Bill Condon but they really do seem to pick their directors at random in this franchise. Bill Condon's direction is faultless for what must have been a frustrating job though. Basically, buff out as much as you can of half a book that really doesn't warrant 4 hours of film. Make boring look good. Good stories shouldn't be rushed but my goodness, this isn't a good story. Two hours of nothing. Two very long hours. Our characters seem to have undergone some memory loss or is that the writer/film makers? The character consistency is nonexistent, it's like the last two films never happened (which I wish were true). What is really going on here though? What is the message? 100+ year old Vampire marries young 18 year old. That's a bit nasty but not illegal I suppose so onto the big question; why is a Vampire (the Anti-Christ!) so worried about sex out of marriage? Then you have the issue of abortion, being with the 'right kind' and the social repercussions of both. Is this some Christian ploy to reach out to the moody kids of middle America, you know, the strange ones that wear black t-shirts? Well, whatever it is, it's possibly the worst (and most boring) Vampire/Werewolf film ever made. It's hardly the most romantic film either. I can only hope Bella changes and kills everyone in the final film. Oh, and the less said about that baby the better, what were they thinking?
May 29, 2014

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Twi4 - it seems each Twilight gets a bit worse. This one features Bella in dark makeup - each scene a little darker than the previous.
February 8, 2014

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The first-half of the last chapter of the Stephanie Meyer adaptation disappoints as the rest of the films did. As what Deathly Hallows Part 1 did in the past, Breaking Dawn Part 1 does as well. It's lengthy and a slow pace that only builds up its climatic points in the second part. Only difference is Deathly Hallows Part 1 is actually pretty good. Breaking Dawn Part 1 is brought down by its once-again uninspiring performances and dull chemistry. 3/5
May 13, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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Eh... I kinda liked it. Just because the teasing from the first three movies was over and they actually got on with it!
January 10, 2013

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    1. Bella Swan: Childhood is not from birth to a certain age and at a certain age The child is grown, and puts away childish things. Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies.
    – Submitted by Maddie G (20 months ago)
    1. Leah: Being any kind of happy is better than being miserable about someone you can't have.
    – Submitted by Camille Ann T (21 months ago)
    1. Bella Swan: You have to accept what is
    2. Edward Cullen: Because you've given me no choice! Bella, were suppose to be partners remember? But you've decided this on your own, you've decided to leave me.
    3. Bella Swan: Don't see it that way
    4. Edward Cullen: Well I have no other way to see it,'cause it's me who'll lose you. And I don't choose that, I don't choose that.
    – Submitted by Sheriea J (23 months ago)
    1. Rosalie Hale: Say the word, Alice. Baby. It's just a little baby.
    – Submitted by Fizza K (23 months ago)
    1. Alice Cullen: The fetus isn't good for Bella!
    – Submitted by Fizza K (23 months ago)
    1. Jacob Black: I'm not the one carrying a demon.
    – Submitted by Sheriea J (2 years ago)
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