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Twilight Reviews

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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
My hope is that the sequels are actual attempts at movies. The world doesn't need any more toothless cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 8, 2011
A deeply sincere, outright goofy vampire romance for the hot-not-to-trot abstinence set.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
December 19, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
December 12, 2008
I succumbed to the palpable chemistry between the leads, and remembered my own girlish fantasies with something of a head-spinning rush.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 24, 2008
I think this film is definitely a victim of it's own expectations.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 24, 2008
Unfortunately, it just didn't work.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 24, 2008
A darn good hunk of pop moviemaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
November 24, 2008
Twilight, the first movie adapted from Stephenie Meyer's series of best-selling teen novels, is going to be a big hit with young girls, and deservedly so -- the picture delivers.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 24, 2008
Twilight the movie is cautious, a sort of Tiger Beat-ified Twin Peaks. In its undercooked way, though, it's enjoyable.
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
November 21, 2008
Twilight is silly and melodramatic and hard to dislike in much the same way as its target audience, with a distinctly teenage sense of tragedy.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 21, 2008
Twilight is the Diet Coke of vampire movies, but central to the film's success is that you believe in the love between Edward and Bella.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 21, 2008
Not that Twilight's fate hangs on intelligibility. It hangs on fangs that aren't bared, and on a bloodlust that isn't indulged.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 21, 2008
Twilight works as both love story and vampire story, thanks mainly to the performances of its principals.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 21, 2008
Twilight is, by its very nature, all about unfinished business, the story of a brooding, caring romantic hero and the woman who cannot -- although she wants to -- yield to him. Only his eyes penetrate her. For now, that's enough.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 21, 2008
My advice: Focus on Pattinson and Stewart. They make you understand why the books sold 17 million copies.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 21, 2008
Combines the plot of HBO's True Blood with the intensity level of Saved by the Bell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 21, 2008
Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg does a decent job adapting the first book in Meyer's series, and despite a tendency toward cheesy effects, Hardwicke keeps things moving swiftly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sara Frederick
Miami Herald
November 21, 2008
Teenage girls are going to love Twilight, and many are sure to see it more than once. Hang on to those earplugs: This time next year, you'll need them again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
November 21, 2008
Gothic wooziness stifles many of Hardwicke's lighter impulses, such as her knack for jiving humor in scenes among friends and family. And some of the more cartoonishly gymnastic CG stunts look plain silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 21, 2008
Sometimes sensitive and often silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 21, 2008
Finally, a chick flick with some bite to it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
November 21, 2008
Catherine Hardwicke's choppy direction plays all this much too seriously. The film lacks the clarity and cleverness that might have ameliorated the campier moments.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 21, 2008
This adaptation of the best-selling novel by Stephenie Meyer never rises above the level of a teen soaper on the CW.
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 20, 2008
[Hardwicke's] earnest, moody approach to Stephenie Meyer's tremendously popular novel may be just the thing for the 14-year-old girl in all of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Genevieve Koski
AV Club
November 20, 2008
While the movie attempts to find an compelling middle ground between gothic supernaturalism and teenage romance, it usually winds up stumbling into the inane territory implied by both descriptions.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 20, 2008
Twilight is often a lot of fun to watch -- the atmosphere of wet green trees and subtle danger, the gothic breathiness of doomed romance, the way all the vampires have better hair than anyone else -- and seems to give its intended audience what it wants.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 20, 2008
Meyer is said to have been involved in the production of Twilight, but her novel was substantially more absorbing than the unintentionally funny and quickly forgettable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 20, 2008
Amazingly, it feels real -- the actors pull it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 20, 2008
If its muscles are flexed, we can expect three more of these movies. Hopefully, like the Harry Potter films, they'll get better as they go along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
November 20, 2008
With its vapor-thin plot and goofy gimmicks (game of vampire baseball, anyone?), Twilight seems best left to its impressionable teenage fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 20, 2008
It rekindles the warmth of great Hollywood romances, where foreplay was the climax and a kiss was never just a kiss.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 20, 2008
As a parable for the dark side of female desire, it's weirdly powerful.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 20, 2008
Twilight will doubtless thrill fans of the books, who have long waited for its release. And while it's not a failure, everyone else will wish that the film had, if you'll excuse the expression, a little more bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 19, 2008
Hardwicke stirs this teen pulp to a pleasing simmer.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 19, 2008
There's a playfulness that seems just so right in Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
November 19, 2008
Invest any spare cash you have in companies that deal in hair gel. I have a feeling this film is going to be huge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 19, 2008
Director Catherine Hardwick leads her young cast through the story's soap opera elements with honest respect for the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 19, 2008
Low-key is not the adjective you'd expect to describe a highly anticipated vampire movie, but there it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 19, 2008
There's nothing transporting about the visuals. Twilight was a famously low-budget production compared to most traditional blockbusters, but this is ridiculous.
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
November 19, 2008
The movie version gives really good swoon.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 19, 2008
The movie was directed by Catherine Hardwicke. She uses her great discovery, Nikki Reed, in the role of the beautiful Rosalie Hale. Reed wrote Hardwick's Thirteen when she was only 14. That was a movie that knew a lot more about teenage girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
November 19, 2008
A disappointingly anemic tale of forbidden love that should satiate the pre-converted but will bewilder and underwhelm viewers who haven't devoured Stephenie Meyer's bestselling juvie chick-lit franchise.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 14, 2008
An underwhelming vampire romance long on camp but short on emotional insight.