'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   14 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   199 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    34
    Yes, I know, Twilight fans love The Twilight Saga. But they (you?) deserve something better to love.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    70
    The latest and best of the movies about a girl, her vampire and their impossible, ridiculously appealing - yes, I surrendered - love story.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mike Hale New York Times (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    The vampire drama of Twilight is all about the romantic agony of eternity, and this franchise feels like it's going on for ever.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Scott Bowles USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    The series is finding momentum as it nears its finale.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mark Jenkins Washington Post (Top Critic)
    38
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    "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.''
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dan Kois Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Condon delivers the most authoritatively directed Twilight film so far, which only brings into sharp relief how tonally incoherent its story is.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    60
    Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and the upcoming Part 2 were both directed by Dreamgirls' Bill Condon, who keeps the lunacy moving apace.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joy Tipping Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    70
    One is also grateful for the film's finale... which is genuinely brilliant. There, I said it.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bruce Diones New Yorker (Top Critic)
    This penultimate "Twilight" film is the best in the series so far. It's languorous, romantic, moody, and, in the end, horrifying.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    Kristen Stewart is really pretty good here, although like almost all actresses she believes pregnant women rub their baby bumps unceasingly.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    Will Condon's movie convert agnostics to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight cult?
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    The absurdity quotient of the movie begins high and rapidly escalates to bedlam.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    There are a few reasons The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1 is probably the best of the Twilight films.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    30
    Pattinson again stands around looking pale and soulful, while Lautner gets to act more, which is maybe not such a good thing.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    All the more disappointing, then, that a story so pregnant with dramatic possibilities should wind up feeling like such an unconsummated opportunity.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sara Stewart New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    It all goes wrong just when it should go right.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    38
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    Melodrama reigns in this supernatural soap opera, even though author Stephanie Meyer's tale takes a decided turn toward the weird and violent.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Laremy Legel Film.com (Top Critic)
    42
    Some nice moments, but not enough of them.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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