'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' Critic Reviews

70%
MovieWeb:   39 reviews
28%
Rotten Tomatoes:   226 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    60
    New Moon will undoubtedly be a blockbuster at the box office, but is really quite weak as a film.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    Weitz goes for an appealing, slightly old-fashioned look, one in which the near-
constant rain nicely mirrors Bella's internal weather conditions.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    The big tease turns into the long goodbye in The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    After a terrifically enjoyable start, the Twilight series is settling into a somewhat predictable groove, with its tragi-romantic motif of not having sex becoming a bit gimmicky and worn.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    Though an improvement over the first Twilight film, this sequel (both based on Stephenie Meyer's best-selling books) drags and sputters, even in scenes meant to be infused with passion.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Despite melodrama that, at times, is enough to induce diabetes, there's enough wolf whistle in this sexy, scary romp to please anyone.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    Where the first film's director, Catherine Hardwicke, plugged into Meyer's vision of supernatural teenage lust with abandon, Chris Weitz is stuck with a sequel that's a morning-after mope-fest.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Chuck Wilson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ella Taylor Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Alone of all the earnest players in this turgidly euphemistic melodrama, Sheen seems to grasp that the only way you can keep a straight face through this choked-up virginity is to carry it way into camp.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    Weitz takes a looser approach than the series' last director, Catherine Hardwicke, did. He has a better sense of humor, too.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Joy Tipping Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    40
    Inept cinematography? Oh, yes. Dark and moody is one thing, but this is so murky you have to squint to figure out what's going on.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Mary F. Pols MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    60
    'New Moon' is also a less pretentious movie than its predecessor. Writer Melissa Rosenberg, who wrote the screenplay for 'Twilight' as well, has loosened up a bit...
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Weitz's pacing is so limp you're going to need the electricity generated by a live audience to keep from yelling, "Hurry it up!"
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    25
    The Twilight Saga: New Moon takes the tepid achievement of Twilight, guts it, and leaves it for undead.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    Wisely New Moon brings back screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, who continues to prove she has a much better way with English than the author of the books, Stephenie Meyer.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Jessica Hopper Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The movie's script and production values represent a big step up from the nearly unwatchable predecessor and make it suitable viewing even for people who aren't Twilight nerds.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    This swoony adaptation of the second installment in Stephenie Meyer's young-adult series is a potent stew of fairy tale and romance-novel fantasy.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    Kristen Stewart brings such raw vulnerability to the screen that she makes moping attractive.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    42
    A big bowl of adolescent romantic mush garnished with horror-lite action scenes and a rushed road trip, The Twilight Saga: New Moon is a mess.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    50
    It's too long, it's poorly acted, the story's clunky and the dialogue is laughable.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Sara Vilkomerson New York Observer (Top Critic)
    I am not ashamed to admit that I will be the first in line for Twilight part three.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Robert Koehler Variety (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jordan Mintzer Variety (Top Critic)
    This second screen installment of Stephenie Meyer's bestselling series focuses, somewhat convincingly, on the emotions of an 18-year-old coping with her undying love of the undead.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    The pop culture phenomenon that resembles Star Wars much as the Prime Minister of Belgium resembles the President of the United States (respective box office ranks of these two films in their respective decades: 71, 1).
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    Director Chris Weitz proves that The Golden Compass was no fluke: He really is a non-master of action.
    Full Review » 5 years ago