The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Reviews

  • It made me realize that, as narratively lumpy as they can be, I like the Twilight films because they're really about the eternal movie romance of vampires at play.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Despite the slow start Mr. Condon closes the series in fine, smooth style. He gives fans all the lovely flowers, conditioned hair and lightly erotic, dreamy kisses they deserve.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Fans of the series, which has made more than $2 billion worldwide, will no doubt find it all terribly romantic and deeply meaningful. The rest of humanity will remain unmoved.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • As for you, dear reader, the symptoms of our long national nightmare should begin to fade as you're heading out of the theater, dissipating by the time you clear the concession stand.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • This fifth and mercifully final installment features so much idle anticipation that it's unclear whether we're watching a movie or an Apple product launch.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • It's about as exciting as watching David Blaine play Stratego and makes you miss the power of the first four films all the more: the uncontainable yearning of the Bella-Edward-Jacob triangle.

    Melissa Anderson — Village Voice

  • "Breaking Dawn, Part 2" expands with a full intensity of force, stronger and more epic than the films that led to this impactful finale.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • The 'Twilight Saga' has no upmarket aspirations. Seeking neither critical applause or peer-review awards, these movies, like those of Tyler Perry, seek only to provide unabashed satisfaction to those who believe in their characters.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • A feast of ripe dialogue and bloodsucking action.

    Bruce Diones — New Yorker

  • I must admit if you're going to bring the series to a close, "Part 2" does it about as well as it can be done.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • With so many scenes of well-dressed vampires sitting or standing, stiffly, while Taylor Lautner or Robert Pattinson or Kristen Stewart passes another micro-slab of dialogue like a kidney stone, [Sheen's] overacting's greatly appreciated, thanks.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Easily the trippiest and goofiest of the five addled adolescent vampire romances based on the Stephenie Meyer books ...

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • "Breaking Dawn, Part 2" doesn't end the series on an especially strong note, but it ends it. Let's count our blessings.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Good riddance "Twilight," may it be an eternity before you're relaunched or rebooted.

    Adam Graham — Detroit News

  • Condon and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg aren't afraid to play fast and loose with Meyer's story, and that's a good thing. You just wish they'd done it more often.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • This second of two Bill Condon-directed installments clears a low bar to stand easily as the franchise's most eventful and exciting entry.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • Finally, someone took the source material at its terribly written word and stopped treating the whole affair so seriously.

    Sara Stewart — New York Post

  • Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the fifth and concluding chapter of the young vampire romance franchise, manages to find a pulse as it profitably clicks the turnstiles one last time.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • While "Breaking Dawn - Part 1" was zany almost work as a stand-alone, "Part 2" relies on mad rushes of exposition to explain exactly what's at stake here.

    Stephanie Zacharek —

  • The very title Breaking Dawn, Part 2 hints at what the movie, sadly, reveals to be the case: The Twilight franchise has overstayed its welcome.

    Dana Stevens — Slate

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