If you belong to a Jacob vs. Edward blog, or have a Twilight poster hanging over your bed, this is your movie.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
The movie is about a girl's primal dream of being desired. That may well be corny, but it's also an essential antidote to summer-movie hardware.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
A more robustly entertaining film than either of its predecessors.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
This third go-round won't make Twihard converts of the rest of us.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
If Slade doesn't necessarily advance the medium with this installment, he nonetheless advances the franchise, with enough lucidity and skill that he's persuaded at least one erstwhile agnostic to take a stand.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
These movies are more about the experience of hearing girls and women who should know better holler at the screen. They could just as well be at a concert.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Eclipse is the least laughable installment yet in the series, and director David Slade efficiently delivers the fan service that Twihards require.
Dan Kois - Village Voice
If you adore Meyer's characters already, you'll be thrilled to spend more time with them. If you don't, well, you'd just end up sitting among a bunch of sighing teens (and their moms), wondering what the fuss is about.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
I can't pretend that the third episode instilled a fever in my blood, but it didn't leave me cold. For the first time in the series I felt I'd seen a real movie.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Slade skips the stultifying slow-motion fantasy sequences that so weighed down New Moon in favor of a well-paced blend of action and introspection.
Joy Tipping - Dallas Morning News
While the new Eclipse remains foremost a flick for devotees, it has sturdier pleasures and takes on its emotional ambitions with renewed dedication.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
The third chapter in Bella Swan's via dolorosa is still pretty much of a drag for anyone not affiliated with Teams Edward and Jacob, but it certainly eclipses the dead-on-arrival dud that was New Moon.
Kathleen Murphy - MSN Movies
For most of its languorous running time, it listens to conversations between Bella and Edward, Bella and Jacob, Edward and Jacob, and Edward and Bella and Jacob. This would play better if any of them were clever conversationalists.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
More happens in Eclipse than in the previous Twilight zone, New Moon, and yet it's duller.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
This is definitely the worst installment of the franchise to date.
Noah Berlatsky - Chicago Reader
Easily the least compelling, least fun entry in the saga thus far.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Slade shapes the tale's characterization and narrative with a sure hand, pausing to fill in the back stories of several vampires. The asides don't feel digressive, but add depth and scope to the story.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
What elevates Eclipse above the previous Twilight films is that it doesn't take itself so seriously, and Slade doesn't allow his stars to.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
The pleasant surprise this time around is that the result finally feels more like the blockbuster this top-earning franchise deserves.
Peter Debruge - Variety
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse dispenses with much of the caramel gooeyness of the first two episodes in favor of decent action, some heartfelt tender moments and even a splash of wit. This time they're actually Twi-ing.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
The Twilight Saga comes close to that sweet spot between swooning silliness and special effects slaughter with Eclipse, the third film in the series.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Eclipse suffers from an excess of characters and dialogue and a shortage of real plot changes, even with Hard Candy's sharp-eyed David Slade at the helm.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
When you see love represented on film in such an authentic and genuine manner it's easy to find yourself in a forgiving mood.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
All three actors are comfortable with their characters, and Slade finds the right balance of action and romance; the story feels organic. Some of the dialogue is earnest and silly, but the core strength of the Stephenie Meyer novels is here: the battle be
Anne Thompson - indieWIRE
This is the first Twilight film that feels like a real movie in its own right, not just a spin-off from a mass literary cult.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
If New Moon had no story to speak of, Eclipse almost has too much. It's a much better problem to have.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
The choice of whether to see Eclipse isn't really a question of whether the movie is good or bad. It's a question of whether or not the movie speaks to your secret, unregulated, inherently ridiculous experience of identification and desire.
Dana Stevens - Slate
Kristin Stewart, an actress who shows amazing range and ability when not playing Bella, continues to do her best imitation of a cardboard cutout here.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The teen vampire series finally hits its stride with an entertaining mix of romance and action fantasy.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
The stars remain a boring threesome, Stewart limping through supposedly impassioned speeches as though Bella already were one of the cold-blooded undead.
David Germain - Associated Press
It appears to have embraced its own sense of camp and is consistently funny in an intentional way. For the first time, I found myself curious to see what comes next.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is just one more walk on the mild sides for tweens who dream of being penetrated by cold flesh that will keep them young and cute forever.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
The first two movies were mediocre, but "Eclipse" represents one of the more astonishing upgrades in movie franchise history.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
The kiss of the vampire is cooler, the werewolf is hotter, the battles are bigger and the choices are, as everyone with a pulse (and a few without) knows by now, life-changing.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
This third "Twilight" film eclipses its predecessors but its anti-climactic story and its melodramatic tendencies still hold it back."
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
Edward is cold and controlling: the archetype of an abusive partner and Jacob just acts like a rapist in training, he keeps trying to kiss Bella against her will.
Adam Ross - The Aristocrat
[For] "Eclipse," it was easy to go through the list of old complaints and check them off one by one as the film progressed, including a story that leads absolutely nowhere.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Like Bella, non-fans have a choice, and making a choice to stay away may save one some bewilderment.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
This may be Slade's film but it's Summit's franchise, so any individuality he might wish to imbue in Eclipse comes a distant second to the needs of the series at large.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
It is not exactly praise to call 'Eclipse' the best film in 'The Twilight Saga' to date.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Meyer's teen bore-triangle has a mimetic quality, assuming the same degree of naval gazing self-interest as the target demographic.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
Perhaps the most watchable entry in the Twilight series so far, it's still saddled with the most cipher-like heroine of all time.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Certainly not awful, but the producer's dedication to Stephenie Meyer's drawn-out story creates a lumbering third movie that borderlines on downright dull.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
It's interesting to see each film make Bella into an even bigger creep than previously imagined, with Eclipse turning the indecisive heroine into a mean-spirited provocateur unworthy of all the attention lavished on her.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
... at least director David Slade pulls the film from the doldrums of the second film and sends the fur flying across the lush Pacific Northwest backdrops in the climax.
Sean Axmaker - MSN.com
'Well, I am hotter than you.' This supposed reference to body temperature, uttered by werehunk Jacob to sparkly vampire Edward, is not just the funniest line in the film but a nice distillation of the tension that now drives the series.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Eclipse surprises with (much needed) improvement; the first real blockbuster of the franchise.
Katina Vangopoulos - Moviedex
If the producers of Twilight were given permission to remake Casper ... they'd probably have his ghostly apparition dress in some three-quarter jean-shorts, just to keep his modesty intact. Somebody has to think of the children, right
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
La tercera parte en una saga exclusivamente para fans, debido a que, hay que decirlo, las actuaciones simplemente son medianas. Una cinta que se deja ver al menos en video.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
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Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
What began as an enjoyably perverse fable of teen romance and chastity has dwindled, by this third instalment, into a sorry, soppy saga.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
More action, more characters, a tad more humor and some interesting backstories help but do nothing to improve upon the series' fatal flaws.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Eclipse reinvigorates the Twilight saga, giving the fans what they want as well as being good enough to keep casual viewers interested.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
Manages to transcend the soapiness of its predecessors and work quite well as an engaging story about sacrifice, romance and, interestingly, the inner conflicts of the undead.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Continues the mopey saga of sparkly vampires, shirtless werewolves and a heroine so cloyingly vapid she makes Carrie Bradshaw seem generous and self-aware.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Was two hours' worth of such repetitive and overheated emotional triangulation really necessary--even for the demographic that'll be breathing hard over every frame?
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the third outing in the supernatural saga of high romance and higher camp, finally shows its fangs with a dazzling display of imagery to go along with a hurried sense of danger.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
The film is a swirl of raging hormones, bitter jealousies and the aching grip of feelings that have yet to be physically consummated.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
As a phenomenon, Twilight still takes some beating, but in the end Eclipse, while certainly servicing the fans, should perhaps have given them more than a stop-gap until next-year's two-part finale.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
There's a new director this time (David Slade), to little avail.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
brings a smoother, more confident style and tone that balances the romance and the violence in a way that gives the film more weight.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
It's a definite step up from New Moon and might even leave the harshest critics just a teeny bit excited about what's in store come the two-part Breaking Dawn... The countdown to November 2011 begins...
Lara Martin - Digital Spy
More pouting, mumbling and gazing into the distance, mainly. But hey. NOBODY does it better than these guys.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
It is a surprise to discover that the same territory here provides some serious entertainment.
James O'Brien - Daily Mail [UK]
A solid and frequently enjoyable film.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Everything that could and should be elaborated at length to make for a convincing or even just passably trashy love story is glossed over here just as much as in the last two Twilight movies.
Simon Abrams - Slant Magazine
Tepid Story Clouds Eclipse.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Eclipse is an unfortunate entry in a franchise that, while certainly flawed, had at least built up some dramatic momentum over the course of its first two installments.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
Slightly better...but still sucky.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
The good news is that the mood is a little lighter than in New Moon, which was full of teenage angst and suicide attempts. Edward and Bella even get to smile now and again and there's the occasional funny line.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
"All I want is your protection," he says to Bella, firmly removing her hand from inside his shirt. "I'll protect you no matter what." Edward Cullen: the human condom.
Antonia Quirke - Financial Times
Not as good as Twilight, not as bad as New Moon, Eclipse is decent teen cinema that will thrill fans and mollify their accompaniers. Can't wait for the caesarean-by- teeth in the next one...
Jane Crowther - Total Film
The franchise has finally produced a movie that all will be able to enjoy -- even hard-done-by boyfriends who've been dragged kicking and screaming to see it.
Catherine Collins - Sky Movies
It's a nice mix of comedy and action, especially with the running gag of Jacob appearing shirtless early and often so Jacob fanatics can howl about his hot abs.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Certainly the Twilight film in which the most violence happens, which gives it the illusion of having the most incident.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The supernatural reduced to an uninteresting teen love triangle about a girl essentially making a choice between necrophilia and bestiality.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Eclipse isn't afraid to poke fun at itself and there's a fair amount of self-referential humour in the film, something that was painfully absent from Twilight and New Moon.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
It's efficiently made, with a few moments of energy and levity, but everyone really needs to lighten up.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
The biggest problem remains the characters: neither Slade nor Stewart are capable of turning manipulative whinger Bella into anything more than a joyless black hole sucking the life from every scene.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
By far the best Twilight film to date, Slade should satisfy the fan base while opening up the series to more sceptical viewers...
Will Lawrence - Empire Magazine
The third in the Twilight series of films may be the best so far, but I still wonder if this series will ever amount to anything besides box office gold.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
'If I'm going to marry someone who's dead, at least he should have a job,' says Bella. 'Although,' Bella's friend reminded her, 'who wouldn't prefer a dead boyfriend to one you wish was dead?'
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
As craptacular as the previous two installments, though at least there are times when the performers seem self-aware enough to be on the verge of sending up the material
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
It all comes majestically together in this the third of an enigmatic, other worldly love marathon that milks all its romantic possibilities to the full
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
The broodingest franchise on Earth continues with a pretty fascinating action-adventure that is the best of the three films
Stephen Silver - The Trend
'Eclipse' is the best 'Twilight' has to offer. While I never see greatness coming from these films, this one is pretty good.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
A little levity, self-awareness, and long-overdue back stories make the latest Twilight installment not only watchable but (dare I say it?) actually enjoyable.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
David Slade infuses this third entry with the kind of visceral set-pieces, knowing humour and more measured melodrama that the saga has been sorely lacking.
Jordan Farley - SFX Magazine
...one of the most satisfying big-budget extravaganzas to come around in quite some time.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
A compelling enough sequel certain to enthrall the target demographic apt to agree that it's a big improvement over Twilight 2, though not nearly as enchanting as the original.
Kam Williams - TheLoop21.com
Saved from erratic pacing and mawkishness by backhanded wit and a can-do supporting cast, will Eclipse win over the non-Twihard like New Moon could have? No, but it's a nice place holder until the last film comes along.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
Still bad, but just maybe, mildly less bad than the previous two.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
...core fans will go see this movie regardless of what critics, or any other rational human beings, tend to think of this color-graded, celluloid turkey.
Rubin Safaya - Cinemalogue.com
For the non-fan moviegoer, a true blood transfusion may have helped this slightly anemic soap opera.
Roger Tennis - Cinemaclips.com
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse isn't the best of three, but neither is it the worst. ... Obviously, we're not talking about quality to match the Toy Story trilogy, but neither are we plumbing the Police Academy or Friday the 13th depths.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Eclipse is ... over-stuffed with characters and story lines and like the proverbial hoarder the series keeps adding new stuff without letting anything go.
Sarah Boslaugh - Playback:stl
Overly dramatic but balanced with humor and action, it is a perfect fir for its devoted fans.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
[T]hose who argue that it's 'better than the first two' are simply admitting how awful those movies were.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
124 minutes of listening to teenagers melodramatically espouse the depth of their convoluted passions for each other makes for a pretty dire trip to the movies.
Simon Foster - sbs.com.au
When it comes to the things this brand is famous for -- angsty canoodling, ethereal rocking out, truckloads of male beauty, Duran Duran-style make-up and culturally savvy jokes -- Eclipse actually goes one better than the last offering.
Charlotte O'Sullivan - This is London
I enjoyed Eclipse about as much as someone outside the target audience can, but that still isn't enough to merit an outright recommendation.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
It's easy to knock the Twilightfilms, with their taste for cheesy special effects and teenage hyper-ventilation, but the feelings that course through them are honest enough -- just your average old-fashioned romantic-masochistic teen-dream rapture.
Tom Shone - Daily Telegraph
Better than the first two instalments, but not likely to endear itself to detractors, Eclipse is all about the trashy topless wolves, dreamy abstinent vampires and doomy teenaged longing, with Hard Candy director David Slade making the most of a marginall
Catherine Bray - Film4
Fans will be pleased with what Slade and co have come up with, everyone else will continue to wonder what all the fuss is about.
Jason Di Rosso - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
May I suggest that the only way to enjoy the Twilight films is with the Rifftrax.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
More than ever %u2014 and all for the love of sullen high school senior Bella Swan %u2014 it's teen wolf vs. teen vampire.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
"Eclipse" isn't awful but, like its two predecessors, it is a largely listless, apathetic affair.
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Movie Dearest
It's not as good as the first film but it's better than the second film. Make of that as you will.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
Tighter, scarier; this is the best of the Twilight films. Which is a lot like saying that getting punched is better than being stabbed.
Marc Fennell - Triple j
Slade has done an excellent job tapping into what Twilight fans want, regardless of how shamelessly their buttons are pushed.
Rebecca Barry - Flicks.co.nz
It's that lack of chemistry and conviction and anything that might resemble charisma which makes you truly notice the fact that this film is 130 brutal, unnecessary minutes long.
- The Vine
This franchise wasn't made for critics. Team Edward or Team Jacob? If you don't have an answer to that question, then who really cares what you think anyway?
Cara Nash - FILMINK (Australia)
Girl, just pick the werewolf now so we can all go home.
Nick Dent - Time Out Sydney
Third Twilight movie has more drama, violence.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
The supernatural stuff is just so much filigree on the story of a girl, her boyfriend and the guy who can't take no for an answer.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Nao e possivel que, no fim das contas, toda a serie realmente gire em torno do romance entediante de um "vampiro" machista e sua ninfeta suicida.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Appetite here is more for skin than blood, with Cullen and Black stifling their competing libidos for the time being. While trophy teen Bella and her whining codependency issues, trifles with rival vampire and werewolf boy toy objects of postponed desire.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
But to say that "Eclipse" is the best of the three "Twilight" films is like saying frogs were the best of the plagues God visited upon Egypt in the Old Testament.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Fans will certainly not be disappointed.
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
By keeping it simple and staging chaste romantic tensions against scenic backdrops, Eclipse probably gives the fans what they want. I think they deserve a little more.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
I like seeing Edward frustrated by Bella's individuality. He can't control her and make her do what he wants. This 'perfect' love is actually totally incompatible.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
There's a narrative of sorts, but it stands squarely behind the flat conversing and posturing of the washboard abs-blessed Jacob, moody Edward and humorless Bella.
Robert Levin - Critic's Notebook
The core problems with the Twilight films are still very much present in this new instalment including the plodding pace, the trite dialogue and the very regressive subtext.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
Poorly-acted, bland, overlong and thrill-less. It insults your intelligence from start to finish.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
I left the cinema feeling as though I deserved a t-shirt that read 'I survived the Eclipse'
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
The third in the teenage-girl-vampire-werewolf love trilogy series is full of story parallels that make the central decision by Bella a very strong core for the film, despite some more corny dialogue.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
At one point, the werewolf Jacob notes that Robert Pattinson's Edward isn't even alive. It's easy to mistake the line for a commentary on Pattinson's lifeless acting.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
For the Twihard fans, Eclipse should thrill and excite to no end; for the rest of the world, it stands as the best of the three in the saga.
Kit Bowen - The Movie Kit
Director David Slade ably takes over...demonstrating his own take on the key elements of the story, adolescent longing and primal physical confrontations.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Not as deathly dull as Twilight or as screamingly dull as New Moon, Eclipse is merely dull.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
A drama about complex matters of the heart and chivalry with Edward the vampire exemplifying a knight's bravery, courtesy, honor, and skill at arms.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
In a universe where almost all CGI-laden, blood-spilling tentpole movies are aimed at ensnaring the teenage male, there's something to be said for a series of films aimed squarely -- and successfully -- at teenage girls.
In a rare moment of insight, the teenage but immortal vampires in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse complain about being "frozen" in their lives, unable to "move forward." So is everyone involved in this deathtrap of a franchise.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
it's still the equivalent of emotional pornography for teenagers. But there is a neat vampire society story that creeps in there, and I liked that part.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
My inner adolescent craves a role model who's got more going for her than a melodramatic crush.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
[T]he makers of the latest Twilight flick rest serene and calm - confident that their audience will take what it wants from the film, whether or not there is anything much up on the screen.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
Eclipse breaks the mold at the hands of a craftsman. It becomes something new, something oddly watchable, at times enjoyable and surprisingly unlike what has come before.
Neil Miller - Film School Rejects
This film will not disappoint Twihards and will have everyone bummed that Breaking Dawn is a year and half away.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
Eclipse almost fully redeems this franchise. It finally brings some bite to these vampy cats and wolf cubs. It actually looks and sounds like a real movie and not some student film with a blind cinematographer. I still HATE Bella and Edward.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
Poor acting, lousy special effects and theatrics better suited for an Afterschool Special. Yup, Twilight is back.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
The supposedly epic battle the entire film builds toward -- the single action set-piece -- is a ho-hummer. Fire and ice, turns out, was an oversell: Think tepid tap water instead.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
Everybody wakes up from a brooding-induced slumber to liven it up! I think Edward even smiled!
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Increasingly picturesque photography, amped-up action, borrowed poetry, and age-old romance have The Twilight Saga on its surest footing yet--that is, until the youngsters grow up and realize True Blood tells the same story so much better.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is superior to its two predecessors in every possible way. The mythology finally feels comfortable in its own skin, aware of both its strengths and limitations, and appears to be striding confidently into the future.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
A brutal watch until the supernatural battle scene.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Darker, grittier, and a tad more thought-provoking than the previous installments, Eclipse is certainly tops among the first three even as, storywise, the characters are more or less in the same place by the end that they were in the beginning.
The intensity is sustained and passionate. It's the glue that holds the glop together.
Rachel Olding - The Age (Australia)
Much like the "Harry Potter" series, the gap widens considerably between the readers and non-readers with a noticeable effect on the enjoyment factor and entertainment value. The faithful fans familiar with the characters have a...
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
David Slade goes for more of everything: action, violence and unrequited sexual tension.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
You get the sense that Jacob and Edward would have preferred enacting their fave moments from "Brokeback Mountain" if only Bella had been shacked up elsewhere. But she isn't, Blanche!
Brandon Judell - CultureCatch
There's no middle ground with the Twilight saga: You either surrender to Stephenie Meyer's swoony tale of forbidden love, squeaky-clean teen style, or you just don't get it.
Maitland McDonagh - Miss FlickChick
No sex before marriage makes vampirism totally unsexy in this riskless, casualty-free confrontation
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Director David Slade keeps the action brisk and the time-killing attractive ... All of which should be like a freshly opened vein for fans.
Bob Mondello - NPR
Now that we've hit the third picture in the franchise, it's clear the studio behind it, Summit, actually prefers that the movies be programmed and predictable.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
Though there are fewer dead-air gaps between words (gaps that in New Moon you could drive a truck through and still have time to file a nail), it still cries out for a transfusion.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
- National Post
Eclipse is still bogged down by the poor plotting, slow pacing and sub-par acting that has, sadly, marred the film series all along.
Scott A. Mantz - Access Hollywood
Calling Eclipse the best of the three Twilight films so far is certainly fair, but it edges into 'world's tallest midget' territory.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
Eclipse -- the third in the Twilight series -- is more than just corny. Eclipse is boring. It's exceedingly boring.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
The Twilight saga depends on Bella not deciding, not resolving, and above all, not moving on.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
The most troublesome blow is the archaic message of a girl who will abandon everything for a boy - friends, mother, father and even her soul. This is a character whose only identity is her boyfriend; Bella Swan sets women in film back fifty years.
Clay Cane - BET.com
Despite its horror movie premise, the Twilight series has become an ADHD sedative.
Armond White - New York Press
Although Eclipse isn't a great film on its own, it's pretty much the Twilight movie fans have been waiting for.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is like two lovers looking in each other's eyes and murmuring things meaningful to only them. Anyone not in the embrace is unlikely to understand, or care, what is being said.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
While it may seem like arguing gradients of garbage, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is closest movie so far to finding whatever potential lies inside Stephenie Meyer's otherwise trite terror romance.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
As long as these movies remain about three petulant whiners staring at each other to little effect, no rousing action sequences are going to save them from their torpor.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Twilight Saga: Eclipse is by far the best of the bestselling Stephenie Meyer novels-turned-movie. Keep in mind, West Nile Virus is similarly the "best" mosquito-borne illness and Portland, Oregon is the "best" city to be homeless.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
Hold on tight, spider monkey. With its third installment, the Twilight series has reached dangerously close to competence.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
It is not the technology, stunning locations or editing techniques that we remember, it is the tantalising relationships and the romantic notion of following tradition, promising eternal love and protecting the soul that affects us where it matters most
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Step aside, you creepy cougars: Finally, there's a Twilight suitable even for normal grown-ups.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
"Eclipse" is a vast improvement over the first two movies. The pacing is quicker, and more movement is evident.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
By punctuating Bella's hand-wringing histrionics with moments of comic relief, Slade strikes a pleasing balance that future 'Twilight' directors might well find instructive.
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
Having imposed something like narrative clarity on the story, new director David Slade is still stuck with the story.
Kurt Loder - MTV
Saying that the third film in a series with two pretty weak prior entries is the best of the bunch may be faint praise, but that happens to be the case with Eclipse.
Cindy White - IGN Movies
With more action and humor than either of its predecessors, 'Eclipse' is the best 'Twilight' flick thus far. But that doesn't mean it's good.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
As always, the biggest screams emanating from the audience come when Lautner bares his chest.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
The good news is that this third installment...is the best yet. The bad is that's not saying much.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
When the face of ultimate evil is represented by the bland visage of Dakota Fanning, something has gone terribly wrong.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Has its cheesecake and eats it, too. It's heavy on topless shots of barely legal Taylor Lautner, but now Pattinson grumbles, "Doesn't he own a shirt?"
Amy Nicholson - Boxoffice Magazine
Not that it matters but it was horrible. Zsa Zsa Gabor wigs, 99%u023C Store makeup, and overall lousy filmmaking. Disney vampires without teeth or lust %u2013 is this really what pre-teens want?
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
'Eclipse' has a little more, uh, meat than the previous offerings in the 'Twilight' series.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
If this were an interesting film, the struggle would be between the pull of religious fundamentalism and (gasp!) miscegenation.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Eclipse basically treads a whole bunch of the same ground we went over in the last terrible movie, except this time Jacob keeps coming across like a rapist in training.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Unless the sight of Stewart kissing Pattinson (and, later, Lautner) is enough to send you into convulsions of joy, there aren't any thrills or surprises in this movie.
Dave White - Movies.com
Since "Eclipse" is showing in IMAX, it'll be kibble for fans wanting to experience the sensation of climbing up Lautner's nose or burrowing deeply into Pattinson's pores.
Dan Fienberg - HitFix
This film should come with a phone cord to twirl around your finger as you engage in eternal dating gossip.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
An endless conversation about an immature, moody, generally unlikable, teenage girl's feelings. Please Bella, grow up.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
The new, more assertive Bella Swan is the most welcome addition to the Twilight Saga -- that, and the sly humor Rosenberg's snuck into Eclipse.
Jen Yamato - Movies.com
Unlike the barely living dioramas that were the dreadful "Twilight" and the virtually unspeakable "New Moon," it is slightly more lively and energetic and isn't nearly as much of a chore to sit through.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
It is certainly not asking too much of Slade to behead people, and he ups the Twilight action factor significantly in Eclipse. There are welcome outbursts of gratuitous violence, building to a large battle among various vampire and werewolf hordes.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
If you want to see a truly gripping movie about young love and vampires, skip this and rent Let the Right One In instead.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
Norm Schrager - Filmcritic.com
It's not my cup of Earl Grey, but the fans cheered long and hard at the end of my recent preview. For that, I give it a 5 out of 10. (Parental Review also Available)
Teddy Durgin - Screen It!
About as bad as it gets
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Viewers who value the little things, such as passable acting and dialogue not stolen from a sixth-grader's diary, will once again walk away dazed, dumbfounded and partially deaf from all the surrounding squealing.
- Time Out
No question, this is the most successful entry so far, and that's high praise, considering the first two films were comatose in comparison.
Kent Turner - School Library Journal
There's no excuse for Stephenie Meyer's terrible writing. And now her mind-numbing logorrhea has overwhelmed whatever salvage operation the big screen can offer.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
never gels into something that is as massively important as it thinks it is, and there is nothing as compelling as those veins popping out of Lautner's biceps
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
The volatile love triangle is amped-up and edgier. Expect a lot more bite!
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Probably the best in the series, and a definite rebound from the bland second one. It will make its intended audience swoon.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
It's still has the angst-filled melodrama that made the others so insufferable, and its attempts to be funny come off as cutesy and forced. Worse still, it's boring for long stretches.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
The first Twilight film that works at all on its own, giving us better characters, tense action sequences, and a wry acknowledgement that, yes, this is maybe all a little bit silly.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
If the movies keep improving like this, the people who automatically hate them just because they're popular with teenage girls will be forced to reconsider.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
This is what passes for romance in the early 21st century: a sexless, passionless tug-of-war among children...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Slade has encouraged the actors to see the humor in the film's goofy love triangle.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
I am just as shocked as you are that there is a fresh tomato next to my review right now. Slade delivers a fun film that is completely self-aware and full of intensity.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
Anyone walking into Eclipse without seeing the previous two movies would be genuinely perplexed; behavior that barely makes sense when you know the story becomes truly nutty without context.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
The film's arsenal of action and emotion makes Eclipse the best Twilight movie yet.
Sharon Hoffmann - Kansas City Star
It's stagnant to the degree that screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg pads out the narrative with no fewer than three narrated costume-drama flashbacks.
Mike Russell - Oregonian
Why the bloodsucker and the wolf boy treat Bella as if she's the cat's meow is still a mystery.
Kevin C. Johnson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Less involving -- at least for this non-tween-girl -- is the love triangle that, for all its plaintive yearning after three movies, still never feels like it's scratched the frequently shirtless surface.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
Do not fret, unwilling patrons dragged along to a viewing, the movie is actually quite entertaining in its own right.
Matthew Razak - Examiner.com
Melissa Rosenberg's screenplay (like her scripts for the first two installments) is faithful enough to Meyer's soap-operatic inclinations, but I kind of wish she weren't. I kind of wish Bella weren't such an indecisive wuss about her feelings.
Amy Biancolli - San Francisco Chronicle
Eclipse, like its two predecessors, is ham-fisted and obvious, a mass-market entertainment with a frustrating lack of imagination, anemic plotting (how were those novels so fat?) and no aspirations toward anything greater than box office ka-ching.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
With roughly 20 minutes of its two-hour running time devoted to characters doing something besides alternately moping and declaring their eternal love for each other, Eclipse stands as the most action-packed entry yet.
Genevieve Koski - AV Club
Eclipse is a convincing piece of entertainment that demonstrates this franchise is starting to realize its full potential.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
In director David Slade's hands, the story plays like two movies in one, neither being particularly well made, whether it's the would-be action horror of a brewing vampire-on-werewolf fight or the endlessly talky Bella-Edward torpor.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
Bella Swan, you two-timing Tessie! Must every great love story take the shape of a triangle? Couldn't we get a rectangle or a trapezoid?
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Finally allows those of us unfamiliar with the books by Stephenie Meyer to understand why the saga of the vampire, the wolf, and the sullen girl in the middle has become an international phenomenon.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Eclipse's balance of PG-13 romance and bone-crunching action will satisfy Twi-Hards and appeal to supernatural romantics who haven't completely converted to TV's True Blood.
Thelma Adams - Us Weekly
Slade can't completely overcome the mistakes from the first two films, such as the fake-looking werewolf computer graphics or the bland miscasting of Dakota Fanning as the head Volturi.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
With each addition to the Twilight series, it becomes clearer that one movie condensing all four Stephenie Meyers books would be the most painless way to tell this repetitive story. Kind of like snatching off a Band-Aid, rather than tugging it slowly.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
Eclipse has a lot to be proud of, including much better performances from Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, but there still are a few problems with the series.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
The best film in the series, though that's the equivalent of declaring Moe to be the sharpest Stooge.
Sean O'Connell - Hollywood News
"Eclipse," with its dual push/pull story lines, spicier love triangle and more plentiful and violent action scenes gives the series a needed jolt.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
The series' best movie. Bella at last has internal conflict, and Stewart is up to the challenge. This is the movie where she and Pattinson become movie stars.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
The latest installment of the Twilight franchise's teeny-bopper-vampire-werewolf-melodrama comes the closest so far to presenting an entertaining cinematic experience but still not close enough for uninitiated audiences.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Forget romantic thriller; this is an abstinence thriller.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Wooden dialogue echoes across beautiful British Columbia.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
With stronger plot and less mood and attitude, Eclipse, the third chapter in the Twilight franchise, is one notch above the previous chapter, New Moon, but is it enough?
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com