Twilight (2008)


Critic Consensus: Having lost much of its bite transitioning to the big screen, Twilight will please its devoted fans, but do little for the uninitiated.


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When Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) reluctantly moved to the perpetually overcast town of Forks, WA, and set out to carve a niche for herself, she assumed it would be one similar to the low-profile social position she held back in Phoenix. First on the list of surprises was the unfamiliar attention from the male population of her new high school; second, the attention from one male in particular: Edward Cullen, Vampire (Robert Pattinson). Before long, the unlikely soul mates find themselves in a passionate relationship with a variety of significant setbacks, including Edward's special-needs diet (he doesn't eat humans, but Bella's scent inspires a nearly impossible to harness bloodlust) and the human girl's mortality. Though things proceed relatively smoothly at first (Edward even introduces Bella to his adoptive vampire family), a visiting vampire clan consisting of James (Cam Gigandet), Victoria (Rachelle Lefevre), and Laurent (Edi Gathegi) catches Bella's unique scent and threatens the young couple's budding, if dangerous, happiness. James, known for his powerful tracking ability, becomes obsessed with making Bella his next victim. Fearing for Bella's safety and that of her loved ones, the Cullens must combine their collective talents in order to stop the highly predatory James before his goal is accomplished. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

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Kristen Stewart
as Bella Swan
Robert Pattinson
as Edward Cullen
Billy Burke
as Charlie Swan
Peter Facinelli
as Dr. Carlisle Cullen
Elizabeth Reaser
as Esme Cullen
Nikki Reed
as Rosalie
Ashley Greene
as Alice Cullen
Kellan Lutz
as Emmet Cullen
Edi Gathegi
as Laurent
Taylor Lautner
as Jacob Black
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Critic Reviews for Twilight

All Critics (214) | Top Critics (42)

My hope is that the sequels are actual attempts at movies. The world doesn't need any more toothless cinema.

May 6, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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A deeply sincere, outright goofy vampire romance for the hot-not-to-trot abstinence set.

Apr 8, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5

Some will find it all too polite, but compared to rival blockbuster exercises in explosive CGI mayhem, its character-based index of longing and protectiveness at least provides a viable alternative moodscape.

Dec 19, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

It is, in its unworldly way, sweetly idealistic with a charm all of its own: a teen romance to get your teeth into.

Dec 19, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I succumbed to the palpable chemistry between the leads, and remembered my own girlish fantasies with something of a head-spinning rush.

Dec 12, 2008 | Full Review…

I think this film is definitely a victim of it's own expectations.

Nov 24, 2008

Audience Reviews for Twilight

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Coxxie Mild Sauce
Coxxie Mild Sauce

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It is shocking that some people could possibly think that such a sexist story is romantic, but maybe it could have been a bit better if it weren't for its corny dialogue and weak performances that help make this a schmaltzy teen flick to please only the hardcore fans and no one else.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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It was pretty good introduction to the series. I actually enjoyed it.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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The dialogue was really really cheesy. Or it was just handled really bad. There were moments where the actual film dragged me in. Mostly based off the way it was filmed, using the Pacific Northwest, it looked good. That is two stars. I think there was just something missing. Don't get me wrong I love supernatural stuff and I like romantic teen angst crap or well I did. I mean movies like Some Kind of Wonderful I have enjoyed. BUT this just felt like a bad teen romantic drama masquerading as a vampire flick. Kristen Stewart I think has done better. For some reason she just looked uncomfortable in this role. Pattinson seemed far more comfortable in his. If anything his sometimes casual joking attitude at times made me like the movie. Stewart just seemed just along for the ride.

John Manard
John Manard

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