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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Reviews

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Anne Thompson
indieWIRE
July 7, 2010
All three actors are comfortable with their characters, and Slade finds the right balance of action and romance; the story feels organic. Some of the dialogue is earnest and silly, but the core strength of the Stephenie Meyer novels is here: the battle be
| Original Score: B+
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
July 6, 2010
The biggest problem remains the characters: neither Slade nor Stewart are capable of turning manipulative whinger Bella into anything more than a joyless black hole sucking the life from every scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 1, 2010
I can't pretend that the third episode instilled a fever in my blood, but it didn't leave me cold. For the first time in the series I felt I'd seen a real movie.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
July 1, 2010
In a rare moment of insight, the teenage but immortal vampires in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse complain about being "frozen" in their lives, unable to "move forward." So is everyone involved in this deathtrap of a franchise.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 30, 2010
As always, the biggest screams emanating from the audience come when Lautner bares his chest.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 30, 2010
The choice of whether to see Eclipse isn't really a question of whether the movie is good or bad. It's a question of whether or not the movie speaks to your secret, unregulated, inherently ridiculous experience of identification and desire.
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June 30, 2010
Director David Slade keeps the action brisk and the time-killing attractive ... All of which should be like a freshly opened vein for fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 30, 2010
While the new Eclipse remains foremost a flick for devotees, it has sturdier pleasures and takes on its emotional ambitions with renewed dedication.
| Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 30, 2010
Kristin Stewart, an actress who shows amazing range and ability when not playing Bella, continues to do her best imitation of a cardboard cutout here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
June 30, 2010
The third chapter in Bella Swan's via dolorosa is still pretty much of a drag for anyone not affiliated with Teams Edward and Jacob, but it certainly eclipses the dead-on-arrival dud that was New Moon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Noah Berlatsky
Chicago Reader
June 30, 2010
This is definitely the worst installment of the franchise to date.
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Dan Kois
Village Voice
June 30, 2010
Eclipse is the least laughable installment yet in the series, and director David Slade efficiently delivers the fan service that Twihards require.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
June 30, 2010
The first two movies were mediocre, but "Eclipse" represents one of the more astonishing upgrades in movie franchise history.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 30, 2010
Although Eclipse isn't a great film on its own, it's pretty much the Twilight movie fans have been waiting for.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
June 30, 2010
It appears to have embraced its own sense of camp and is consistently funny in an intentional way. For the first time, I found myself curious to see what comes next.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 30, 2010
If New Moon had no story to speak of, Eclipse almost has too much. It's a much better problem to have.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 30, 2010
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse dispenses with much of the caramel gooeyness of the first two episodes in favor of decent action, some heartfelt tender moments and even a splash of wit. This time they're actually Twi-ing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 30, 2010
The movie is about a girl's primal dream of being desired. That may well be corny, but it's also an essential antidote to summer-movie hardware.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Time Out
June 29, 2010
Viewers who value the little things, such as passable acting and dialogue not stolen from a sixth-grader's diary, will once again walk away dazed, dumbfounded and partially deaf from all the surrounding squealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 29, 2010
If Slade doesn't necessarily advance the medium with this installment, he nonetheless advances the franchise, with enough lucidity and skill that he's persuaded at least one erstwhile agnostic to take a stand.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 29, 2010
Anyone walking into Eclipse without seeing the previous two movies would be genuinely perplexed; behavior that barely makes sense when you know the story becomes truly nutty without context.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 29, 2010
Slade shapes the tale's characterization and narrative with a sure hand, pausing to fill in the back stories of several vampires. The asides don't feel digressive, but add depth and scope to the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
June 29, 2010
Melissa Rosenberg's screenplay (like her scripts for the first two installments) is faithful enough to Meyer's soap-operatic inclinations, but I kind of wish she weren't. I kind of wish Bella weren't such an indecisive wuss about her feelings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Genevieve Koski
AV Club
June 29, 2010
With roughly 20 minutes of its two-hour running time devoted to characters doing something besides alternately moping and declaring their eternal love for each other, Eclipse stands as the most action-packed entry yet.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 29, 2010
Has its cheesecake and eats it, too. It's heavy on topless shots of barely legal Taylor Lautner, but now Pattinson grumbles, "Doesn't he own a shirt?"
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 29, 2010
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is just one more walk on the mild sides for tweens who dream of being penetrated by cold flesh that will keep them young and cute forever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 29, 2010
A more robustly entertaining film than either of its predecessors.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
June 29, 2010
The kiss of the vampire is cooler, the werewolf is hotter, the battles are bigger and the choices are, as everyone with a pulse (and a few without) knows by now, life-changing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
June 29, 2010
When you see love represented on film in such an authentic and genuine manner it's easy to find yourself in a forgiving mood.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Joy Tipping
Dallas Morning News
June 29, 2010
Slade skips the stultifying slow-motion fantasy sequences that so weighed down New Moon in favor of a well-paced blend of action and introspection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 29, 2010
Why the bloodsucker and the wolf boy treat Bella as if she's the cat's meow is still a mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 29, 2010
Eclipse suffers from an excess of characters and dialogue and a shortage of real plot changes, even with Hard Candy's sharp-eyed David Slade at the helm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 29, 2010
What elevates Eclipse above the previous Twilight films is that it doesn't take itself so seriously, and Slade doesn't allow his stars to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 29, 2010
These movies are more about the experience of hearing girls and women who should know better holler at the screen. They could just as well be at a concert.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 29, 2010
Easily the least compelling, least fun entry in the saga thus far.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 29, 2010
If you adore Meyer's characters already, you'll be thrilled to spend more time with them. If you don't, well, you'd just end up sitting among a bunch of sighing teens (and their moms), wondering what the fuss is about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Germain
Associated Press
June 29, 2010
The stars remain a boring threesome, Stewart limping through supposedly impassioned speeches as though Bella already were one of the cold-blooded undead.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 29, 2010
This is the first Twilight film that feels like a real movie in its own right, not just a spin-off from a mass literary cult.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 29, 2010
Eclipse, like its two predecessors, is ham-fisted and obvious, a mass-market entertainment with a frustrating lack of imagination, anemic plotting (how were those novels so fat?) and no aspirations toward anything greater than box office ka-ching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 29, 2010
More happens in Eclipse than in the previous Twilight zone, New Moon, and yet it's duller.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 29, 2010
The Twilight Saga comes close to that sweet spot between swooning silliness and special effects slaughter with Eclipse, the third film in the series.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 29, 2010
This third go-round won't make Twihard converts of the rest of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 29, 2010
For most of its languorous running time, it listens to conversations between Bella and Edward, Bella and Jacob, Edward and Jacob, and Edward and Bella and Jacob. This would play better if any of them were clever conversationalists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 28, 2010
The teen vampire series finally hits its stride with an entertaining mix of romance and action fantasy.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
June 28, 2010
The pleasant surprise this time around is that the result finally feels more like the blockbuster this top-earning franchise deserves.