The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Reviews

  • 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

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