The Twilight Saga's Breaking Dawn Part I Reviews

The Twilight Saga's Breaking Dawn Part I


Genre :

Romance, Thriller, Drama

Release Date :

November 18, 2011

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Bill Condon

Starring :

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick, Peter Facinelli, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Billy Burke, Dakota Fanning, Mackenzie Foy, Maggie Grace, Booboo Stewart, Alex Meraz

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

“..you won't be surprised, if you've read the books..”
by Linda Holmes [NPR]
“..too scattered to have anything like an agenda; it's incoherent and dopey and feverishly overdramatic..”
by Dana Stevens [Slate]
2 of 4

“..this first part of the saga's two-part finale promises more hilarity to come..”
by Rafer Guzman [Newsday]
“..the narrative goes flat and the ensemble's line readings turn to wood..”
by Justin Chang [Variety]
“..the movie is long and uniquely bad..”
by Wesley Morris [Boston Globe]
“..the last twenty minutes of Breaking Dawn are so harrowing that it’s possible to forget that most of the acting is soap-operatic..”
by David Edelstein [New York Magazine]
“..the film is like a crab cake with three or four bits of crab surrounded by loads of bland stuffing..”
by Todd McCarthy [Hollywood Reporter]
“..the film doesn't have nearly the bite - ferocious or delicious - that any self-respecting vampire movie really should..”
by Betsy Sharkey [Los Angeles Times]
“..that all of the tedious exposition has been gotten, glacially, out of the way, "Part II" will probably be terrific..”
by Stephen Whitty [Newark Star-Ledger]
1 of 4

“..sexless, bloodless, padded and plodding..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]
1.5 of 5

“..overall the film is goofy, slight, without a truly deep thought in its pretty little head..”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]
2 of 4

“..now really an “R” picture under a “PG” label, and it’s an uncomfortable fit..”
by Peter Howell [Toronto Star]
“..masks its genuine perversity under layers of artifice and saccharine melodrama..”
by Andrew O'Hehir [Salon.com]
3 of 4

“..if by several lengths it is the best of the Twilight movies it is because it has the best story to tell..”
by Carrie Rickey [Philadelphia Inquirer]
2 of 4

“..everything's all soap-operatic close-ups..”
by Sara Stewart [New York Post]
3 of 4

“..at nearly two hours, the film is too long..”
by Scott Bowles [USA Today]

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“..the movie can conjure up futuristic images, but the story is nothing we haven't seen before...”
by Stephanie Merry [Washington Post]


“..the spirits may have been willing with Poltergeist but the movie is weak..”
by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]


“..will make fans of the Japanese animation studio yearn for when Hayao Miyazaki was there. The now-retired maestro of the form had a sense of poetry and lyricism that's sadly missing here..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


“..more depravity, more terrible acting..”
by Chris Nashawaty [Entertainment Weekly]


“..a black riff on a certain stripper movie smash..”
by Roger Moore [Tribune News Service]


“..the rest of it - the healer, the journalist, the falcons - is just a thick, tedious layer of frost on the window..”
by Katharine Pushkar [NY Daily News]


“..the camera prowls menacingly through the interiors, but the writers seem too content with their improbable conceit to bother with back story or character arcs..”
by David Parkinson [Radio Times]


“..there's plenty of entertainment value to found. Just don't expect to leave the film with a smile on your face and joy in your heart..”
by Blair Hoyle [Cinema Slasher]


“..it is a creamily sensuous, richly observed piece of work, handsomely detailed and furnished..”
by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]


“..Youth has a wan eloquence and elegance, though freighted with sentimentality and a strangely unearned and uninteresting macho-geriatric regret for lost time, lost film projects, lost love..”
by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]