The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
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  1. The story, at heart, is earnest and humorless teen romantic glop, but its feelings aren't fake, and the movie is compulsively watchable; it has a passionflower intensity.
  2. It took three films, but The Twilight Saga finally nails just the right tone in Eclipse, a film that neatly balances the teenage operatic passions from Stephenie Meyer's novels with the movies' supernatural trappings.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    80
    Employing a bigger budget, better effects and an edgier director ("Hard Candy's" David Slade), Eclipse focuses on what works -- the stars.
  4. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is back with all of the lethal and loving bite it was meant to have: The kiss of the vampire is cooler, the werewolf is hotter, the battles are bigger and the choices are, as everyone with a pulse (and a few without) knows by now, life-changing.
  5. Reviewed by: Will Lawrence
    80
    By far the best Twilight film to date, Slade should satisfy the fan base while opening up the series to more sceptical viewers…
  6. With the bigger story and more fully developed relationships than the previous films, this is the first Twilight film that feels like a real movie in its own right.
  7. 75
    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.
  8. 75
    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.
  9. 70
    If there is a bit more humor on display here -- some of it evidence that an element of self-conscious self-mockery is sneaking into the franchise -- there is also more violence, and, true to the film’s title, a deeper intimation of darkness. What there isn’t, as usual, is much in the way of good acting, with the decisive and impressive exception of Ms. Stewart, who can carry a close-up about as well as anyone in movies today.
  10. Eclipse has its cheesecake and eats it, too.
  11. 70
    One of the better multiplex options of this legendarily dismal summer.
  12. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    70
    It's a question of whether or not the movie speaks to your secret, unregulated, inherently ridiculous experience of identification and desire--not who you should be, but who you are. Does the warm blood of a teenager still flow beneath your icy grown-up flesh?
  13. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    70
    Certainly it's the lightest and brightest -- everyone is still chaste, but the movie is actually sexy in parts. It appears to have embraced its own sense of camp and is consistently funny in an intentional way. For the first time, I found myself curious to see what comes next.
  14. Reviewed by: Dan Kois
    70
    Eclipse is the least laughable installment yet in the series, and director David Slade efficiently delivers the fan service that Twihards require.
  15. 63
    The Twilight Saga comes close to that sweet spot between swooning silliness and special effects slaughter with Eclipse.
  16. 63
    Eclipse, like its two predecessors, is ham-fisted and obvious, a mass-market entertainment with a frustrating lack of imagination.
  17. The Twilight star's line-readings have become like Edward and his bloodsucking kin: They lack a pulse.
  18. Why the bloodsucker and the wolf boy treat Bella as if she's the cat's meow is still a mystery.
  19. 63
    The movie is still incredibly silly but in a more boisterous way, like a comic book come to life.
User Score
5.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 433 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 126
  2. Negative: 36 out of 126
  1. Dec 10, 2011
    6
    Although Bella's still the ignorant **** and the triangular romance is baffling as the HP one, "Eclipse" is possibly the best Twilight movieAlthough Bella's still the ignorant **** and the triangular romance is baffling as the HP one, "Eclipse" is possibly the best Twilight movie so far. Using REAL action, an understandable story, and an slighter increase in character development the movie finally develops into something more of a mindless romance blockbuster, the appropriate title this **** up saga so craved for. Overall, with bitten lips, I'll recommend it. Full Review »
  2. Jun 25, 2011
    10
    A very good interpretation of the book. If you dont like the book dont go to see the movie. Simple as that. Why people have to make such aA very good interpretation of the book. If you dont like the book dont go to see the movie. Simple as that. Why people have to make such a song and dance about it I dont know. Full Review »
  3. LaurenF.
    Jul 2, 2010
    3
    The plot in this movie went nowhere. It seemed to start and end in the same place with no movement or further character development from the The plot in this movie went nowhere. It seemed to start and end in the same place with no movement or further character development from the previous movies. The acting was uninspiring, but on a positive note the backgrounds and filming locations were gorgeous. Full Review »