“"Breaking Dawn?...more Like Breaking Bad (no Relation To The Show)...part 1”
“Not So Great”
“Why All The Love”
“Wow This Was The Worse Of Them All”
“FORGET THE CRITICS. ENJOY A GREAT MOVIE ADAPTATION!”
“The Twilight Saga Is Just Not Crap Its An Abomination!”
“You Are Cordially Invited To...A Grand Visionary Start To The Closing Of A Grand Franchise Set To End On An Epic Scale, Leaving Its Viewer Frozen For A Year In Anticipation For The Grand Epic Finale...The Best And Finest Of The Franchise Yet!!!”
“Bill Condon Shows All That He Is Great At, The Hand That He Has In Horror, Candyman 2, Drama, Gods And Monsters, And A Charm And Dazzle, DreamGirls. It Just Shows What He Can Bring To The Series. An EPIC*”
“It Was The Worst Book Of The Series, But It's The Best Film Of The Saga.”
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
Mike Hale - New York Times
The vampire drama of Twilight is all about the romantic agony of eternity, and this franchise feels like it's going on for ever.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
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
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.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
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
When you're not giggling at the jokes ... you'll be rolling your eyes at the dull melodramatics, or rolling on the floor at the big doggie debate amongst the digital wolves.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
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
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.
Roger Moore - McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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
While venturing into uncharted body horror territory, Breaking Dawn - Part 1 will do what the previous three instalments have: give the fans something to Rob-sess over and give the haters something to hate.
Stephen Carty - Flix Capacitor
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
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
Roger Tennis - Cinemaclips.com
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