The Twilight Saga: New Moon Reviews

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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
January 22, 2013
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Robert Koehler
Variety
February 23, 2012
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
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Anna King
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
So long as there are people, there will be love stories -- I hope they all feel as lush and lively as this one.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Sara Vilkomerson
New York Observer
December 7, 2009
I am not ashamed to admit that I will be the first in line for Twilight part three.
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Louisa Thomas
Newsweek
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.
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
November 24, 2009
A landmark cinematic event in 280 words, or one for every $500,000 of weekend box office.
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
November 23, 2009
It has an amazing kind of emotional integrity and intensity.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 23, 2009
Weitz's pacing is so limp you're going to need the electricity generated by a live audience to keep from yelling, "Hurry it up!"
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 20, 2009
A big bowl of adolescent romantic mush garnished with horror-lite action scenes and a rushed road trip, The Twilight Saga: New Moon is a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 20, 2009
Memo to director Chris Weitz and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg: Just because you make a movie about vampires doesn't mean you suck the life out of your story.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Jessica Hopper
Chicago Reader
November 20, 2009
The movie's script and production values represent a big step up from the nearly unwatchable predecessor and make it suitable viewing even for people who aren't Twilight nerds.
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Anna Smith
Time Out
November 20, 2009
'New Moon' is little more than a skilful soap opera, but it's still enjoyable escapism - even if you're old and wise enough to see through it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
November 20, 2009
The boys preen while the girl sulks. And pouts. And sulks. And pouts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mary F. Pols
MSN Movies
November 19, 2009
'New Moon' is also a less pretentious movie than its predecessor. Writer Melissa Rosenberg, who wrote the screenplay for 'Twilight' as well, has loosened up a bit...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 19, 2009
New Moon offers few of the juicy, go-for-broke romantic pleasures of its predecessor, and the movie is so badly shaped that it's hard not to blame Weitz as a director.
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
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.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 19, 2009
The big tease turns into the long goodbye in The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nancy Gibbs
TIME Magazine
November 19, 2009
Twihards will appreciate director Chris Weitz's faithfulness to the source text, even as he improves on it.
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Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
November 19, 2009
What a bloated, self-important, crashing bore!
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 19, 2009
Mopey, draggy, and absurdly self-important, the movie nonetheless twangs at some resonant affective chord.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 19, 2009
I can't comment on the acting because I didn't catch Pattinson, Stewart and Lautner doing any. They basically primp and pose through the same humdrum motions they did before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Joy Tipping
Dallas Morning News
November 19, 2009
Inept cinematography? Oh, yes. Dark and moody is one thing, but this is so murky you have to squint to figure out what's going on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 19, 2009
Weitz goes for an appealing, slightly old-fashioned look, one in which the near-
constant rain nicely mirrors Bella's internal weather conditions.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 19, 2009
The movie gives the 'Twilight' fans exactly what they want but doesn't offer too much for the rest of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Genevieve Koski
AV Club
November 19, 2009
In spite of its wealth of conflict, New Moon suffers from a dearth of accompanying tension and excitement, thanks to the increasingly tedious relationship at its center.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 19, 2009
New Moon indeed feels new, often in ways that are good for the series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 19, 2009
It's too long, it's poorly acted, the story's clunky and the dialogue is laughable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 19, 2009
Weitz is more awkward than Hardwicke with the casual teenaged interactions. Melissa Rosenberg's dialogue hasn't improved, though she gets a boost by using quotes from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 19, 2009
This swoony adaptation of the second installment in Stephenie Meyer's young-adult series is a potent stew of fairy tale and romance-novel fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 19, 2009
Even the appearance of Dakota Fanning as a red-eyed bloodsucker capable of inflicting intolerable pain on others falls flat: When one of the presiding vampires mutters "Let's be done with this," you can't help but agree.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 19, 2009
Despite melodrama that, at times, is enough to induce diabetes, there's enough wolf whistle in this sexy, scary romp to please anyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 19, 2009
Kristen Stewart brings such raw vulnerability to the screen that she makes moping attractive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
November 19, 2009
All three lovers are so joyless, it's hard to imagine why any of them would want to spend eternity together.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 19, 2009
Alexandre Desplat's overwrought musical score will appeal to viewers who already agree that Bella and Edward's love is glorious. Others won't be persuaded, no matter how much he insists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 19, 2009
Where the first film's director, Catherine Hardwicke, plugged into Meyer's vision of supernatural teenage lust with abandon, Chris Weitz is stuck with a sequel that's a morning-after mope-fest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 19, 2009
The pop culture phenomenon that resembles Star Wars much as the Prime Minister of Belgium resembles the President of the United States (respective box office ranks of these two films in their respective decades: 71, 1).
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 19, 2009
Wisely New Moon brings back screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, who continues to prove she has a much better way with English than the author of the books, Stephenie Meyer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 19, 2009
Director Chris Weitz proves that The Golden Compass was no fluke: He really is a non-master of action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
November 19, 2009
Sexier, darker and funnier, New Moon rises well above the anemic 2008 film version of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 19, 2009
The stakes are higher and the intensity deeper this time, despite a plot that approaches the ripest of melodrama - and which occasionally provokes unintended laughter, as does the terribly twee soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 19, 2009
Weitz takes a looser approach than the series' last director, Catherine Hardwicke, did. He has a better sense of humor, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 19, 2009
Though an improvement over the first Twilight film, this sequel (both based on Stephenie Meyer's best-selling books) drags and sputters, even in scenes meant to be infused with passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 19, 2009
It's slow and not particularly fulfilling -- a half-an-hour or so of drama stretched out for about two.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
November 19, 2009
Incoming director Weitz is a smart choice for the material.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 18, 2009
That flip tone -- the gags and one-liners -- get us past the longing, the depression, the sulking, the almost comically swooning moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
November 18, 2009
This episode is as repetitive as the first, with endless scenes of kissus interruptus punctuated by moody indie-rock songs.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 18, 2009
Constrained by the plot of the novel, the film keeps the two lovers apart for quite a spell, robbing the project of the crazy-in-love energy that made Twilight, the first entry in the series, such a guilty pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jordan Mintzer
Variety
November 18, 2009
This second screen installment of Stephenie Meyer's bestselling series focuses, somewhat convincingly, on the emotions of an 18-year-old coping with her undying love of the undead.