Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Reviews

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Dana Barbuto
The Patriot Ledger
December 28, 2015
Even the addition of an Oscar-winning director in Bill Condon ("Kinsey," "Gods and Monsters") fails to save what is essentially a padded-out tale of all-consuming love and loyalty.
Full Review | Original Score: .5
Ben Kendrick
October 2, 2012
Breaking Dawn - Part 1 transfers pivotal events from the source material to the screen but fails to translate those events into a competent two-hour movie experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
February 9, 2013
For those still in possession of their wits, this film is not only the worst of the Twilight flicks so far, but just about the most melodramatic and insipid movie I've ever watched.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Jeff Beck
September 18, 2012
This film was made for the fans as they're going to be the only ones able to appreciate it, despite it not having any redeeming qualities whatsoever.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jane Henderson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 17, 2011
Director Bill Condon may have been hampered by the original material, but he does nothing to help it along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Neil Pond
American Profile
December 1, 2011
For a movie about life-sucking vampires and flesh-ripping werewolves, there sure is an inordinate focus on the birds and the bees.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Monica Castillo
Dig Boston
March 10, 2012
I don't want to live on this planet anymore.
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
November 19, 2011
For a film that revolves around the needs of and desires of creatures who are slaves to their hunger for the red stuff, Breaking Dawn is bloodless.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Ann Lewinson
Boston Phoenix
November 21, 2011
A wolf council with dubbed growls may be the most ludicrous scene of the year, but a rumble with chic vampires punching CGI werewolves comes close.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
November 17, 2011
Bella shifts from her intended stance of antiheroine to something close to antimatter in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
November 18, 2011
A story about an abusive boyfriend's attempts at wrestling a girl from her friends, family and one prospective healthy love interest, and her burgeoning realisation that her man is a monster.
Francesca Steele
Sky Movies
November 16, 2011
The script is flat, cliched and repetitive ("You did this!" yells Jacob. "I love her!" pleads Edward) - which might not matter necessarily as it wasn't much better in the predecessors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
November 18, 2011
So party on Twi-hards, you have no apologies to make for your love of this pulpy, romantic saga; just don't take it personally when the rest of us decide to party elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
November 21, 2011
The occasionally amusing Twilight Saga finds a new low with the dramatically inert, painfully dull Breaking Dawn Part 1.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 21, 2011
Yet another rather odd and protracted stepping stone to the ultimate finale ... it's a done deal for Meyer and co who are laughing all the way to the bank.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Paul Verhoeven
The Vine
November 17, 2011
It's based on a series of truly idiotic novels which, whilst works of an evil marketing genius, are artistic pollutants. Try and avoid getting dragged along to this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Simon Miraudo
November 16, 2011
The picture sidesteps all opportunities to depict the novel's nuttiness... in an intriguing manner and sands down all the edges to leave us with yet another generic melodrama, in which not a single moment rings true.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Emma Dibdin
Total Film
November 17, 2011
[An] oddly joyless affair centred on an 18-year-old girl voluntarily destroying herself from the inside out, this might work as a standalone horror piece with a stronger directorial hand. As a so-called epic love story, it leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Sexton
London Evening Standard
November 19, 2011
The action sequences are ludicrous, the werewolves mostly just bounding, then bounding again, while the vampire trick of just moving ever so fast soon becomes just ever so tiresome.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tim Martain
The Mercury
November 18, 2011
Breaking Dawn Part 1 is such a slow-moving, overstuffed chore of a movie, it is barely even worth calling a "bridging film." All you do is wait and wait and wait.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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