Critics Consensus

Having lost much of its bite transitioning to the big screen, Twilight will please its devoted fans, but do little for the uninitiated.



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When Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) reluctantly moved to the perpetually overcast town of Forks, WA, and set out to carve a niche for herself, she assumed it would be one similar to the low-profile social position she held back in Phoenix. First on the list of surprises was the unfamiliar attention from the male population of her new high school; second, the attention from one male in particular: Edward Cullen, Vampire (Robert Pattinson). Before long, the unlikely soul mates find themselves in a passionate relationship with a variety of significant setbacks, including Edward's special-needs diet (he doesn't eat humans, but Bella's scent inspires a nearly impossible to harness bloodlust) and the human girl's mortality. Though things proceed relatively smoothly at first (Edward even introduces Bella to his adoptive vampire family), a visiting vampire clan consisting of James (Cam Gigandet), Victoria (Rachelle Lefevre), and Laurent (Edi Gathegi) catches Bella's unique scent and threatens the young couple's budding, if dangerous, happiness. James, known for his powerful tracking ability, becomes obsessed with making Bella his next victim. Fearing for Bella's safety and that of her loved ones, the Cullens must combine their collective talents in order to stop the highly predatory James before his goal is accomplished. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi


Kristen Stewart
as Bella Swan
Robert Pattinson
as Edward Cullen
Billy Burke
as Charlie Swan
Peter Facinelli
as Dr. Carlisle Cullen
Elizabeth Reaser
as Esme Cullen
Nikki Reed
as Rosalie
Ashley Greene
as Alice Cullen
Kellan Lutz
as Emmet Cullen
Edi Gathegi
as Laurent
Taylor Lautner
as Jacob Black
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Critic Reviews for Twilight

All Critics (218) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (106) | Rotten (112)

  • My hope is that the sequels are actual attempts at movies. The world doesn't need any more toothless cinema.

    May 6, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

    Laremy Legel
    Top Critic
  • A deeply sincere, outright goofy vampire romance for the hot-not-to-trot abstinence set.

    Apr 8, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • In a film of this kind a great deal depends on the chemistry between the lead actors, and here Twilight falls especially short.

    Dec 19, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Some will find it all too polite, but compared to rival blockbuster exercises in explosive CGI mayhem, its character-based index of longing and protectiveness at least provides a viable alternative moodscape.

    Dec 19, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • The two hormonal teenagers sizzle like sausages in a frying pan. The supernatural stunts don't disappoint. Neither does the deadpan wit.

    Dec 19, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It is, in its unworldly way, sweetly idealistic with a charm all of its own: a teen romance to get your teeth into.

    Dec 19, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Twilight

  • Nov 29, 2012
    With all the hype (and hate) around this film, it's difficult to view objectively, however I can see both why it's popular and why it's so hated. The performances are iffy, with some really awful and awkward to watch scenes, but at the same time there's teenage love and friendship that tries to hold it all together. The peril is very real which is a boost, but overall I'd say give it a miss unless vampires are your kind of thing.
    Sophie B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2012
    Yes. I am a man and I liked Twilight. Is it a masterpiece? Is this film original? No. Will I recommend this film to anyone? No. But is it a good pop corn film? Something you can leave your brain at home and have a good time watching? Yes. I don't feel this film deserves the following it has, nor do I feel it deserves any sequels. But it is worth seeing once. Just be sure to have a few beers in you first.
    Bryan D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 27, 2012
    Not as bad as I thought still pretty boring but some good bits, Not a must see, Don't know how the series has made so much money but they won't care.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2012
    One of the worst films of all time, can compete with Transformers. And that's bad.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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