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Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Reviews

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Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant

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.

Full Review Source: ScreenRant | Original Score: 2/5

October 2, 2012
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered

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.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 2/10

February 9, 2013
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

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.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 18, 2012
Jane Henderson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Director Bill Condon may have been hampered by the original material, but he does nothing to help it along.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2/4

November 17, 2011
Neil Pond
American Profile

For a movie about life-sucking vampires and flesh-ripping werewolves, there sure is an inordinate focus on the birds and the bees.

Full Review Source: American Profile | Original Score: 2/5

December 1, 2011
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects

For a film that revolves around the needs of and desires of creatures who are slaves to their hunger for the red stuff, Breaking Dawn is bloodless.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: D+

November 19, 2011
Ann Lewinson
Boston Phoenix

A wolf council with dubbed growls may be the most ludicrous scene of the year, but a rumble with chic vampires punching CGI werewolves comes close.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 1/4

November 21, 2011
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine

Bella shifts from her intended stance of antiheroine to something close to antimatter in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

November 17, 2011
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

A story about an abusive boyfriend's attempts at wrestling a girl from her friends, family and one prospective healthy love interest, and her burgeoning realisation that her man is a monster.

Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray

November 18, 2011
Francesca Steele
Sky Movies

The script is flat, cliched and repetitive ("You did this!" yells Jacob. "I love her!" pleads Edward) - which might not matter necessarily as it wasn't much better in the predecessors.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 2/5

November 16, 2011
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis

So party on Twi-hards, you have no apologies to make for your love of this pulpy, romantic saga; just don't take it personally when the rest of us decide to party elsewhere.

Full Review Source: Suburban Journals of St. Louis | Original Score: 1/5

November 18, 2011
Shaun Munro
What Culture

The occasionally amusing Twilight Saga finds a new low with the dramatically inert, painfully dull Breaking Dawn Part 1.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 1.5/5

November 21, 2011

Yet another rather odd and protracted stepping stone to the ultimate finale ... it's a done deal for Meyer and co who are laughing all the way to the bank.

Full Review Source: Real.com | Original Score: 2/5

November 21, 2011
Paul Verhoeven
The Vine

It's based on a series of truly idiotic novels which, whilst works of an evil marketing genius, are artistic pollutants. Try and avoid getting dragged along to this one.

Full Review Source: The Vine | Original Score: 0/5

November 17, 2011
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

The picture sidesteps all opportunities to depict the novel's nuttiness... in an intriguing manner and sands down all the edges to leave us with yet another generic melodrama, in which not a single moment rings true.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 2/5

November 16, 2011
Emma Dibdin
Total Film

[An] oddly joyless affair centred on an 18-year-old girl voluntarily destroying herself from the inside out, this might work as a standalone horror piece with a stronger directorial hand. As a so-called epic love story, it leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
David Sexton
This is London

The action sequences are ludicrous, the werewolves mostly just bounding, then bounding again, while the vampire trick of just moving ever so fast soon becomes just ever so tiresome.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 1/5

November 19, 2011
Tim Martain
The Mercury

Breaking Dawn Part 1 is such a slow-moving, overstuffed chore of a movie, it is barely even worth calling a "bridging film." All you do is wait and wait and wait.

Full Review Source: The Mercury | Original Score: 1/5

November 18, 2011
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

This weekend, millions of people around the globe will be conned into handing over their hard earned cash to see a film with no plot, no action and no climax.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: C

November 16, 2011
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

It's all drawn-out and flat (even more so than is typical for the franchise), delivered at a slow, plodding pace that seems designed solely to stretch things out to two hours.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
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