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Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Reviews

December 5, 2011
This penultimate "Twilight" film is the best in the series so far. It's languorous, romantic, moody, and, in the end, horrifying.
November 20, 2011
Color us stoked that a Twilight movie even strays into evil-fetus territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 20, 2011
The last twenty minutes of Breaking Dawn are so harrowing that it's possible to forget that most of the acting is soap-operatic (the guy who plays Carlisle is aging to look like Liberace) and the dialogue from hunger.
November 18, 2011
It all goes wrong just when it should go right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 18, 2011
Melodrama reigns in this supernatural soap opera, even though author Stephanie Meyer's tale takes a decided turn toward the weird and violent.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 18, 2011
This is a well-made film, though sometimes unintentionally funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
November 18, 2011
There are a few reasons The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1 is probably the best of the Twilight films.
November 18, 2011
For those of us who are not Twilight fanatics, or even fans, or could not care somewhat less than less, the arrival of Part 1 is not cause for trumpets blaring. But I would imagine that even those who line up for this film will be somewhat let down.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 18, 2011
By any normal standard, this is a terrible movie, with stilted dialogue and leaden pacing -- every 15 minutes or so, the action stops for a musical montage involving slow-motion handsomeness. But the Twilight saga stopped being normal a long time ago.
November 18, 2011
Here's hoping Breaking Dawn Part Two gives us more of what Part One provided in the final 30 minutes than what it forced viewers to endure to get there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 18, 2011
Some nice moments, but not enough of them.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 18, 2011
[It] was supposed to be climactic. Instead, it's the most jumbled and tonally confused movie yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 17, 2011
What remains is the total conviction that the ludicrous scenes are dead serious and fiercely meaningful. The result is not quite a laugh a minute, but close.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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November 17, 2011
Romanticizing an intimate relationship that leaves bruises and scars is a particularly terrible idea in a film aimed at girls. Talking about this is tiresome, but then so is putting it in the movie.
November 17, 2011
If you insist on seeing the entire, seemingly never-ending 117 minutes, though, you're going to spend at least 87 of those minutes bored out of your mind.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 17, 2011
The sexless, bloodless, padded and plodding Breaking Dawn, Part 1 is the worst Twilight movie to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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
November 17, 2011
The Twilight Saga hasn't matured along with its heroine. In fact, the latest movie regresses a bit, delivering more filler, less feeling and crummier CGI than last year's Eclipse.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 17, 2011
Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and the upcoming Part 2 were both directed by Dreamgirls' Bill Condon, who keeps the lunacy moving apace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 17, 2011
Will Condon's movie convert agnostics to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight cult?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 17, 2011
It breaks my heart to tell you that "Breaking Dawn" is broken.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 17, 2011
The good news? Now that all of the tedious exposition has been gotten, glacially, out of the way, "Part II" will probably be terrific.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 17, 2011
To my taste, savvy Hollywood veteran Bill Condon debuts as director of the two-part Twilight conclusion in satisfying fashion, delivering a voluptuous if often inert spectacle that splits the difference between high camp and decadent romance.
November 17, 2011
It may be impossible for anyone but existing fans to take this seriously, but for the unconverted, it's still a legitimately engaging, gape-worthy nutso spectacle.
Read More | Original Score: B-
November 17, 2011
Breaking Dawn - Part 1 as a whole feels stretched-out, as if the filmmakers realized belatedly that there wasn't enough material in the book to sustain two movies. (There isn't).
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 17, 2011
Condon delivers the most authoritatively directed Twilight film so far, which only brings into sharp relief how tonally incoherent its story is.
November 17, 2011
This is Meyer's worst offense -- her disturbingly Victorian attitudes about sex and love, which this particular movie falls modestly in lockstep with, even though it concludes years of cinematic foreplay.
November 17, 2011
To his credit, Condon takes this risible material as seriously as possible and makes the proceedings as stylish and creepy as he can.
November 17, 2011
One is also grateful for the film's finale... which is genuinely brilliant. There, I said it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 17, 2011
Yes, I know, Twilight fans love The Twilight Saga. But they (you?) deserve something better to love.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 17, 2011
The dialogue is, of course, ridiculous and the acting ranges from stiff to mopey. But moments that should be pulsating with tension are usually hilarious because the special effects are still just so distractingly cheesy.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 17, 2011
The absurdity quotient of the movie begins high and rapidly escalates to bedlam.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 17, 2011
As a stand-alone movie it's a mixed bag. But it progresses the story of beloved characters with a reverence for the source material that will doubtlessly please Twi-hards, ushering in a finale that promises to be darker still.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 17, 2011
Director Bill Condon has undoubtedly delivered the best of the series since Catherine Hardwicke's first installment a few years back.
November 17, 2011
The latest and best of the movies about a girl, her vampire and their impossible, ridiculously appealing - yes, I surrendered - love story.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 17, 2011
Whenever certain actors take the lead and set the pace of the dialogue, time itself begins to crawl backward and the breaking dawn begins to feel like yesterday's breaking dawn, or last Tuesday's.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 17, 2011
This one draws you close and keeps you there - and, for those of us who haven't read Stephenie Meyer's novel, delivers some surprising turns of plot.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 17, 2011
Though director Bill Condon is new to the series, both he and returning screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg have an excellent grasp of their audience's desires, and are determined to meet them in good faith.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 17, 2011
Pattinson again stands around looking pale and soulful, while Lautner gets to act more, which is maybe not such a good thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 17, 2011
Kristen Stewart is really pretty good here, although like almost all actresses she believes pregnant women rub their baby bumps unceasingly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 17, 2011
"Breaking Dawn'' is the series in its fullest Victorian flower. But with Bill Condon directing, the pacing is all wrong. It's "Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies.''
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 16, 2011
The series is finding momentum as it nears its finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 11, 2011
All the more disappointing, then, that a story so pregnant with dramatic possibilities should wind up feeling like such an unconsummated opportunity.
November 11, 2011
An eventful but bloodless first half of the smash series' finale.