Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Reviews

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Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant
October 2, 2012

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
February 9, 2013

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 | Original Score: 2/10
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 18, 2012

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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jane Henderson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic
November 17, 2011

Director Bill Condon may have been hampered by the original material, but he does nothing to help it along.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Neil Pond
American Profile
December 1, 2011

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
November 19, 2011

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 | Original Score: D+
Ann Lewinson
Boston Phoenix
November 21, 2011

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 | Original Score: 1/4
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
November 17, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
November 18, 2011

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.

Francesca Steele
Sky Movies
November 16, 2011

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
November 18, 2011

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 | Original Score: 1/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
November 21, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Lisa Giles-Keddie
Real.com
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Paul Verhoeven
The Vine
November 17, 2011

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 | Original Score: 0/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
November 16, 2011

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Emma Dibdin
Total Film
November 17, 2011

[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 | Original Score: 2/5
David Sexton
This is London
November 19, 2011

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 | Original Score: 1/5
Tim Martain
The Mercury
November 18, 2011

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 | Original Score: 1/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
November 16, 2011

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 | Original Score: C
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 17, 2011

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 | Original Score: 2/5
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