The Twilight Saga: New Moon Reviews

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 25, 2012

The brooding and sulking is so palpable in "New Moon," the latest film in the Twilight series, that you could probably cut it with a knife. If the filmmakers thought that this would be enough to carry a film for over two hours, they were sadly mistaken.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 21, 2011

Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, new director Chris Weitz has decided to be generally faithful to his source material despite the problems it's going to give him through a narrative that could delicately be described as 'sprawling.'

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 27, 2010

The Twilight Saga's New Moon is not terrible, despite featuring some excruciatingly lazy storytelling, atrocious performances, listless direction and a core storyline that is both uninteresting and somewhat disturbing.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 19, 2009

Fans will quiver and sigh; everyone else will shrug, and move on.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
November 21, 2009

If they spent more time on the scripts, coaching the actors and finding less distracting hair and makeup, they might earn what they have but don't deserve: the fans' unconditional love.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
April 14, 2010

Poorly structured, poorly paced, poorly executed CGI in places and characters that are unlikeable, despite the fact that we should be rooting for them. An inaccessible mess.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Devin Faraci
CHUD
November 19, 2009

The most surprising thing about New Moon, the second film in the Twilight series, is how much worse it is than the first.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
JimmyO
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
November 22, 2009

...despite a better than expected attempt by (Chris) Weitz, this is a story that lacks any real quality.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
November 19, 2009

The Twilight Saga: New Moon takes the tepid achievement of Twilight, guts it, and leaves it for undead.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
November 19, 2009

New Moon comes dangerously close to self-parody on more than one occasion, but it seems blissfully unaware of this and soldiers on with a seriousness that's unintentionally funny.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
Top Critic
November 19, 2009

Alone of all the earnest players in this turgidly euphemistic melodrama, Sheen seems to grasp that the only way you can keep a straight face through this choked-up virginity is to carry it way into camp.

Dominic Power
SFX Magazine
November 27, 2009

If this is the world's next generation of womanhood, that's a century of female emancipation down the drain. Bella's more likely to polish her chastity belt than burn her bra.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Louisa Thomas
Newsweek
Top Critic
November 24, 2009

If only director Chris Weitz had managed to tease out the real drama -- Bella's fear of aging -- instead of a tired one.

Julian Roman
MovieWeb
November 19, 2009

New Moon will undoubtedly be a blockbuster at the box office, but is really quite weak as a film.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Maddy Myers
Boston Phoenix
November 24, 2009

The soundtrack will be smothered by the sounds of screaming girls, and laughing at them may be the only pleasure you get out of this arduously edited angst fest.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
November 20, 2009

There's little in the way of forward momentum until the final 30 minutes; stretching out this picture to longer than two hours was indefensible.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
November 19, 2009

A long, melodramatic slog, hardly scary at all and missing the offbeat touches and disorienting passion that made the first so surprisingly enjoyable.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Szymanski
Sci-Fi Weekly
November 21, 2009

One of her suitors stays out all night with his weird friends. The other does his "Brokeback Mountain" thing with his buddies in the woods.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jordan Hoffman
UGO
November 19, 2009

Never has a man's shirtlessness been so essential to a character's development.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
November 19, 2009

The Twilight Saga: New Moon plays like a 130 minute trailer for a movie called The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

Robert Koehler
Variety
Top Critic
February 23, 2012

Hank Sartin
Time Out
Top Critic
November 18, 2011

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Village Voice
Top Critic
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