Yes, I know, Twilight fans love The Twilight Saga. But they (you?) deserve something better to love.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
The latest and best of the movies about a girl, her vampire and their impossible, ridiculously appealing - yes, I surrendered - love story.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
The series is finding momentum as it nears its finale.
Scott Bowles - USA Today
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.
Mark Jenkins - Washington Post
"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.''
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Condon delivers the most authoritatively directed Twilight film so far, which only brings into sharp relief how tonally incoherent its story is.
Dan Kois - Village Voice
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.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and the upcoming Part 2 were both directed by Dreamgirls' Bill Condon, who keeps the lunacy moving apace.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
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.
Joy Tipping - Dallas Morning News
One is also grateful for the film's finale... which is genuinely brilliant. There, I said it.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
This penultimate "Twilight" film is the best in the series so far. It's languorous, romantic, moody, and, in the end, horrifying.
Bruce Diones - New Yorker
Kristen Stewart is really pretty good here, although like almost all actresses she believes pregnant women rub their baby bumps unceasingly.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Will Condon's movie convert agnostics to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight cult?
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
The absurdity quotient of the movie begins high and rapidly escalates to bedlam.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
There are a few reasons The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1 is probably the best of the Twilight films.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Pattinson again stands around looking pale and soulful, while Lautner gets to act more, which is maybe not such a good thing.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
All the more disappointing, then, that a story so pregnant with dramatic possibilities should wind up feeling like such an unconsummated opportunity.
Justin Chang - Variety
It all goes wrong just when it should go right.
Sara Stewart - New York Post
Melodrama reigns in this supernatural soap opera, even though author Stephanie Meyer's tale takes a decided turn toward the weird and violent.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Some nice moments, but not enough of them.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
Director Bill Condon has undoubtedly delivered the best of the series since Catherine Hardwicke's first installment a few years back.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
[It] was supposed to be climactic. Instead, it's the most jumbled and tonally confused movie yet.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
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.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
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.
Dana Stevens - Slate
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
An eventful but bloodless first half of the smash series' finale.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
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.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
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.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
The sexless, bloodless, padded and plodding Breaking Dawn, Part 1 is the worst Twilight movie to date.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
This is a well-made film, though sometimes unintentionally funny.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
It breaks my heart to tell you that "Breaking Dawn" is broken.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
I can't even begin to parse all the creepy, anti-sex, body-horror abortion issues bubbling around the ugly subtext.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
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.
Amy Curtis - We Got This Covered
The worst film in the "saga." Utter camp.
These movies have become one big joke, with hokey acting, slapdash visuals and Kindergarten dialogue. It felt like such a parody that it might as well have been directed by those jerks who made DISASTER MOVIE and EPIC MOVIE.
Austin Kennedy - Film Geek Central
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.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
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.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Dialogue howlers and largely soapy, melodramatic performances abound.
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
As a movie, this isn't terrible; none of them have been, really. Each film has gotten a director who has tried to do something simple and honest with Meyer's tormented material.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Entertainingly bad. In fact, it's the funniest movie we've seen this year even though it isn't a comedy (we think).
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
If I can say anything for the film, it's that it delivers exactly what the legions of Twi-hards want and expect--or what 'Team Edward' wants, anyway.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Roger Tennis - Cinemaclips.com
Bill Condon gives the series' fans what they have shown they want: uneven storytelling, maudlin dialog and decidedly one-note performances.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Bella makes her way toward "the kingdom where nobody dies" by being rather ingeniously resilient, completely predictable and frustrating, punished and punishing. She's 18, again and still.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Whatever momentum the third film had in this series, it's gone. Once again, it's an average soap opera.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
For a movie about life-sucking vampires and flesh-ripping werewolves, there sure is an inordinate focus on the birds and the bees.
Neil Pond - American Profile
Twilight series nears the end
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
This slow-moving film has long periods of inaction and generates little suspense, making it the worst film in the "Twilight Saga" films so far.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Director Bill Condon, prostituting himself, flirts with teen porn ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
At least Jacob seems to understand the contradiction inherent in the insistence that coldblooded undeath is just another lifestyle choice.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
How else to explain a wedding gown designed by Carolina Herrera in a town where the average gown is designed by Cooter and Otis Herrera.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
drags along too slowly to give it much impact and instead engenders little more than impatience
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Dawnfinally gives viewers something to sink their teeth into.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg continues her long tradition of scripting staggeringly banal, subtext-free dialogue and grasping at the profundity of her betters by quoting poetry in the prologues.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
It won't disappoint the legions of "Twihards" who turned out for midnight Friday shows at theaters all across the country, including the Quad-Cities.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Twilight series dims - non fans stay away
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
Almost sort of liked it.
Bob Grimm - Sacramento News & Review
Tedious and toothless and feels at numerous moments more like a Saturday Night Live spoof that a proper continuation of the series.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Bella e a candidata ideal a uma arrasadora depressao pos-parto. Mas com um marido sexualmente ambiguo e um melhor amigo pedofilo, quem nao seria?
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
There's less cringeworthy dialogue and Condon does a better job visually telling the story, but it's hard to make a riveting two-hour film when the main conflict seems completely arbitrary.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
In the context of America's continued puritanical obsession with sexual repression, the "Twilight" movies come across as so much Kool-aid propaganda.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Condon can only do so much with the material at hand -- especially in this case, where maybe an hour of plot is stretched out to 117 minutes.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Breaking Dawn starts to confirm my theory that Twilight is just a tamer version of The Story of O.
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
They have saved the best for last. This movie is totally romantic and its three leads are at their best. This will delight 'Twilight' fans and bring in new converts.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
It's precisely three shots in that Taylor Lautner takes his shirt off, if that's your thing, and in all honesty I don't suppose that there can possibly be a more legitimate reason to see the movie.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Put a stake in this franchise.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Banal, bloodsipping installment to this far-fetched fantasy.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
The storyline reached a new depth and is everything every fan will desire.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
The most engaging Twilight movie yet.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
[T]hey play chess a lot before they have sex. And after, too.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
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.
Ann Lewinson - Boston Phoenix
Suggested solely for Twilight diehards, this underwhelming, unfunny melodrama amounts to little more than an uneventful setup for next year's grand finale.
Kam Williams - AALBC.com
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.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
The occasionally amusing Twilight Saga finds a new low with the dramatically inert, painfully dull Breaking Dawn Part 1.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
A boring mess that exists only to milk the fans that made the series a success, but is so unsexy and just plain weird that even the most devoted Twihards stand to be disappointed or grossed out, or possibly, both.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
Color us stoked that a Twilight movie even strays into evil-fetus territory.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
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.
In director Bill Condon's skilled hands, this instalment proves more intimate, confining its action to kids in rooms wrestling with the consequences of their own crushes.
Mike McCahill - Scotsman
Can someone please, for the love of god, tell me why everyone falls in love with this woman? What does she do? What are her hopes and dreams for the future? Can't stand Bella. When she and Edward are not on camera, I like the movie well enough.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
...as far as shameless cash-grabs go, Breaking Dawn: Part 1 is far easier to stomach than certain other franchise-extending installments (eg the Star Wars prequels).
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
A freak show of bodily trauma, with a great gooey gob of pedophilia slapped on the end of this feature, which requires another visit to the multiplex in a year's time to complete. I'll make sure to update my shots beforehand.
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
If you're on neither Team Edward nor Team Jacob, however, nothing in 'Breaking Dawn' will win you over.
Dan Lybarger - KC Active
It raises more laughs at the back of the stalls than hairs on the back of the neck.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
The earth moves for Bella and Edward moves heaven and earth to save her...fans will be satisfied by the romantic nature of things, although the scale narrows with considerably less bite from the vampires and a shortage of werewolves' snarls
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
A film dealing with vampires, werewolves and forbidden love should be exciting to watch, yet this one moves along slower than a snail's pace.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Stretches a 50-minute story into almost two hours of lustful glances, bitter recriminations and CGI-heavy battles between bloodsuckers and their werewolf rivals, all underscored with a soundtrack of angst-ridden rock and pop.
- Liverpool Echo
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.
David Sexton - This is London
I do wonder if seeing Bella turn into a near anorexic with a face that's bordering on Gollum might have subliminal implications for some vulnerable teenage girls.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
Darker, sexier, sharper - a neat next step.
Ailsa Caine - Little White Lies
Let's hope they can wrap everything up with a better film than this one.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
Critiques really have no weight when it comes to films like this. The haters are gonna hate, the fans are gonna love, and everyone else will check the movie listings and their own wallets before deciding if this is the best option for a night on the town.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
The fourth book is so expansive that the filmmakers made the right call in splitting it into two parts. Stewart, Pattinson & Lautner have come to be genuine embodiments of the three major characters. The pacing is spot on with a...
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
I'm curious to find out what happens next, if only to see if it's as bafflingly weird as Part 1 suggests.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
A surprisingly entertaining romp.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
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.
Kate Erbland - Film School Rejects
The wedding might delight fans the way some people marvel at watching a royal wedding. But that's another phenomenon that I don't quite understand.
Neil Rosen - NY1-TV
It's not even fun bad like the trashy Vampire's Kiss. It's just bland, slow, and boring to those of us not on Team Edward or Team Jacob.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Nothing I say is going to discourage even one fan from forking out the dough to see this awful (for non-fans) film.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
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.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
"TBD-1" is smartly directed by Bill Condon ("Gods and Monsters," "Dreamgirls") in a straight forward manner that keeps the film from bogging down in its last act.
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
Throughout the series, Meyer's lurid take on teenage passion has shone through as one of the ugliest and most insidious messages ever sent to its target demographic.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
This is the one where things start to get silly.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Is this really what Twilight fans want? Two characters drooling over and on each other for half the movie and not much else?
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
The climactic clash between vampires and werewolves is over in a brief flurry of fangs and fur. What little action there is, however, is so poorly staged by new director Bill Condon that you're actually relieved there isn't more.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
The bloated franchise's worst film without question, the fourth "Twilight" popcorn flick is a futile exercise on the disappointment of anti-climactic waiting. It doesn't sparkle or shine. It flickers, and then disappointingly dies.
Adam Fendelman - HollywoodChicago.com
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 might be the most beautiful and well made bad film in history.
There's plenty of stupidity... from talking wolves and geisha-like vampire make-up to the most uncomfortable newborn baby moment this side of A Serbian Film.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
'Twilight' is to real horror as cotton candy is to real food, but only if the cotton candy is spun out of arsenic and crystal meth.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
It is very focused on the idea of Not Pissing Off The Fans By Getting It Wrong. As a relative outsider, I found that this mentality sucked all the life out of the film.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Honestly, you can sneak into the movie an hour-and-a-half in and not miss anything.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
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.
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
...a bad film, a self-aware one, for sure, but a bad one none-the-less.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Daily Film Fix
Meyer's subtext transitions from being pro-abstinence into anti-sex. It's one thing to gussy up teenage anxieties over the loss of virginity; it's another to punish Bella's deflowering with death.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
If there was ever a franchise that plays like a TV soap opera with a climatic ending that leaves the audience wanting more, it's this one. If you have seen the previous three films, then you go into 'Breaking Dawn - P1,' already hooked in from the start.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
What becomes clear is that while the bisecting of J.K. Rowling's hefty tome was artistically defensible, here, there's no such creative imperative.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
There really is no polishing a Twilight movie, which by design will have to be both silly and terribly boring.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
This latest Twilight is a freakish hybrid: part medical horror, part cheesy Victoria's Secret catalogue shoot.
Kate Muir - Times [UK]
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.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Sexy honeymoon, disturbing pregnancy dominate latest movie.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
A torturous slog through endless pages of Bridal Wet Dream magazine.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
It's essentially one insufferably long pregnancy sequence sandwiched between a sweet wedding and gruesome birth
Jordan Farley - SFX Magazine
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.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
As much of an homage to old timey experimental shlock horror as broad blockbusters can get ... I recommend Twilight virgins see BD1 as a stand-alone work.
Christopher Campbell - Movies.com
The tagline states, 'Forever is only the beginning ...' After viewing this lifeless pap for mere minutes, we realize that it's not a slogan at all. It's a warning.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
The worst entry in the series thus far, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 is a toothless vampire film which plays slave to its tween demographic.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Sappy melodramatics are constantly on full display, the performances are distractingly exaggerated and the dialogue is so ridiculously cheesy it could force Kraft to file for bankruptcy ... yet, for some odd reason, I was kind of entertained.
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
Exposes the weakest parts of what many fans acknowledge is the most problematic of the four books, with too much focus on some of the story's most outlandish absurdities.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
The finished product allows the audience to take it as as seriously as it takes itself and/or laugh at its inherently ridiculous retro romance. No matter which side you're on, you wind up winning.
Dave White - Movies.com
Of the four Twilight movies, Breaking Dawn -- Part I has the most going on and the most going for it.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
Despite expectations, the gifted director Bill Condon is unable to put a peronal signature on this tale, resulting in another disappointing movie to be poorly reviewed but fully embraced by the fans.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
After the enjoyable previous instalment, to my mind the best in the series, director Bill Condon's film is a step backwards in quality.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
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.
Anna Smith - Time Out
It's all drawn-out and flat (even more so than is typical for the franchise), delivered at a slow, plodding pace that seems designed solely to stretch things out to two hours.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Lautner, who lasts approximately 8 seconds before tearing off his shirt, suggests more than ever that the casting director mistakenly told him he would be playing a robot.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Fangirls, you have nothing to be ashamed of.
Sharon Hoffmann - Kansas City Star
The acting's better than it's ever been, but with the best will in the world, this can't get past the fact that the story's demented.
- Empire Magazine
A satisfying culmination of emotions that have been building in this supernatural fantasy saga as Bella the human and Edward the vampire marry and face a critical decision.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
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.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
It's like "Roadhouse" for women. As irresistible as it is ridiculous.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
As maddeningly uneven as it is, Breaking Dawn boasts some of the strongest moments yet in a largely lackluster franchise.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
It makes you wonder if splitting the book in two parts was such a good idea.
Kent Turner - School Library Journal
One of the glummest, lifeless movies of the year, it is gray and bleak, even when the sun is shining.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Sexy, silly, scary and stupid, the movie's tonal balancing act amounts to an Evil Dead for tween romantics.
Matt Patches - Hollywood.com
Tepid when it needs to be steamy, and the pace is excruciatingly sluggish
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Considering that this is the book where Stephanie Meyers's sexual repression finally lets rip in a totally weird tale ...the movie adaptation is often akin to watching paint dry with lousy CGI effects and a thoroughly insipid musical score.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
A half-human and half-vampire fetus is no easy pregnancy. Will Bella die? Will the baby die? Where's Dakota Fanning? Where's Lautner's shirt? Who cares? It's 'Twilight'! The cast could speak an alien language for two hours and fans would be happy.
Clay Cane - BET.com
The good news? Now that all of the tedious exposition has been gotten, glacially, out of the way, "Part II" will probably be terrific.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
[T]he movie resolves everything of any obvious importance by the end, so, again, what's the point of this story?
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
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.
Alison Willmore - AV Club
Appalling by pretty much every measure.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
It's the most imaginative picture in the franchise, and I say that as a fan of the first picture, Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight, an irony-free adolescent romance that took the idea of teenage erotic fantasy seriously.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
Stretches forty-five minutes of material to two hours in order to satisfy the ignorant two-parter conclusion.
easily the worst of the mostly awful Twilight films
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
At this point in the story, the characters can't simply be innocent in order for the plot to work - they have to be naive. Edward Cullen is 120 years old. He has no excuse for being naive.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
You can't blame a film based on a book for adhering to the book's idiotic storyline. You can, however, blame it for sucking as a movie.
Matthew Razak - Flixist.com
Bella shifts from her intended stance of antiheroine to something close to antimatter in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1.
R. Kurt Osenlund - Slant Magazine
Twilight isn't a saga, it just sags.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
A stylistic addition to a series about an impossible romance, the power of family and the lengths people will go to in order to fight for what they believe in.
Amirose Eisenbach - IGN Movies
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).
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Shamelessly cheesy, drawn-out and over-the-top as it is, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 is big, bombastic popcorn entertainment that knows exactly what the fans want, and delivers it in epic style.
Adam Bub - MovieFIX
It's all a lot of fun. For some movies you don't need intelligence, you just need faith, gullibility and a state of happy surrender.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
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.
Paul Verhoeven - The Vine
[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.
Emma Dibdin - Total Film
Condon is directing Breaking Dawn -- Part 2. Let's hope he realises it is broken and that he does fix it.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
The worst part of these movies has always been the moments when those mumbly lovebirds find themselves in a meadow, gazing off into the distance as they dreamily part each other's hair. There's a lot of that sort of moony-eyed action in Breaking Dawn.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
It goes without saying that this is silly stuff played for maximum solemnity, because that's the Twilight series in a nutshell. You either love it with every fiber of your being or dismiss it as pathetic pap for simpering virgins.
Maitland McDonagh - Film Journal International
Sex and abortion are the main topics of this installment, which tips between dullness and total camp.
Vadim Rizov - Boxoffice Magazine
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.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
The source material is hopeless, that's all there is to it; and the instruments at the director's disposal--from the cast down through the crew--are thoroughly mediocre.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
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.
Linda Holmes - NPR
To his credit, Condon takes this risible material as seriously as possible and makes the proceedings as stylish and creepy as he can.
Condon pulls it off about as well as anybody could.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
Easily the weakest entry in the series, it's the fault not just of a director who seems to find difficulty connecting to the material, but of a cast that seems to be looking forward to the close of the franchise a whole lot more than fans are.
Jeff Otto - cinemaobsession.com
Endearingly bizarre, and featuring the usual fan-service in the form of topless hotties running through forests - you just wish it was a slightly better movie, given the Hammer Horror promise of the pregnancy premise.
Two things are certain: it is one of the worst movies of the year, and it is going to make an awful lot of money.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Director Bill Condon may have been hampered by the original material, but he does nothing to help it along.
Jane Henderson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Hands its reigns over to Oscar-winning filmmaker Bill Condon and, not coincidentally, produces the franchise's sturdiest installment.
Sean O'Connell - Hollywood News
In several scenes, characters play chess, but the film itself is as complex as "Chutes and Ladders," and just as suspenseful.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Here comes the bride, all dressed in white. Here comes the groom, Mister Hunky McDoom.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Really a half-film, and the boring half at that. Such is the nature of things dubbed "Part 1." It's a film about things that will inevitably happen, but don't until the next, more important part.
Phil Villarreal - OK! Magazine
Fails to inject its few key scenes with any life thanks to a woeful script, poor direction and lacklustre performances, though fans of the franchise should be used to that by now.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
OK, Twilight fans! Come and get it! Your second-last instalment in the saga is being served just the way you like it: drab to the eye, bland on the palate, and room-temperature at all times.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
A rather good original idea has dwindled into self-parody.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
After all that foreplay, the new Twilight saga is a limp anti-climax.
Don Groves - sbs.com.au
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.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
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.
Francesca Steele - Sky Movies
This weekend, millions of people around the globe will be conned into handing over their hard earned cash to see a film with no plot, no action and no climax.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
The wolves speak with bizarre half-human, half-canine voices that put me in mind of Scooby-Doo.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
The Twilight films manage to cleverly blend melodrama with supernatural thrills, and while the film is not without its silly moments and cringeworthy dialogue it does deliver the drama and emotional highs we have come to expect.
Mark Adams - Daily Mirror [UK]
The vampire drama of Twilight is all about the romantic agony of eternity, and this franchise feels like it's going on for ever.
The performances in Breaking Dawn are largely soapy and melodramatic, especially from Lautner and to a lesser degree Pattinson.
Brent Simon - Screen International