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  • Summary: Bella Swan has always been a little bit different, never caring about fitting in with the trendy girls at her Phoenix high school. When her mother re-marries and sends Bella to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she doesn't expect much of anything to change. Then she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen, a boy unlike any she's ever met. Edward is a vampire, but he doesn't have fangs and his family is unique in that they choose not to drink human blood. Intelligent and witty, Edward sees straight into Bella's soul. Soon, they are swept up in a passionate, thrilling and unorthodox romance. To Edward, Bella is what he has waited 90 years for - a soul mate. But the closer they get, the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy. But what will Edward & Bella do when a clan of new vampires comes to town and threaten to disrupt their way of life? (Summit Entertainment) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Will Lawrence
    A sometimes girlie swirl of obsession that will delight fans, this faithful adaptation is after teenage blood, and will most likely hit a box office artery.
  2. Reviewed by: Tracie Cooper
    In terms of bringing the book to life, Twilight is a complete success, so much so that most of the film's flaws work within the context of the story.
  3. 70
    Hardwicke still manages to find the sweet spot where Gothic literature and the iPod meet and make goo-goo eyes at each other. Without embarrassment, she and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg dig right into the almost generic simplicity of the story.
  4. An underwhelming vampire romance long on camp but short on emotional insight
  5. 58
    Every generation gets the cinematic vampires it deserves...The current decade, judging from the bloodsuckers on display in Twilight, will be remembered as one of guilt, restraint and denial. It's just not that fun to be undead anymore.
  6. Sometimes sensitive and often silly but really, essentially, beneath his pallor and her panting and their intertwined frustrations, it's just two long hours of coitus interruptus.
  7. 30
    I've had mosquito bites that were more passionate than this undead, unrequited, and altogether unfun pseudo-romantic riff on Romeo and Juliet.

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  1. WinstonL
    Apr 7, 2009
    Wow, I am impressed. Not only are the characters SUPER HOT, but there were some very suspenseful moments. This is a good transition for the book to the screen. Expand
  2. AnthonyG.
    Dec 1, 2008
    I thought the film was GREAT. The book is always better but the movie came relatively and surprisingly close. I was more than satisfied with the turn out, especially to have seen the characters come to life on film aside from using your imagination when reading the books was a sheer delight. Imagination and appreciation goes along way when a film comes close to the book. Can't wait for part 2, and I believe it willl just get better with each film. People tend to forget that this is a love STORY which totally brought me back to my days of PUPPY LOVE and anticipation of that first KISS, its also got plenty action. Its not intended to be a TERMINATOR FLICK, it has to keep the element of love aswell. I think it has a great combination of both as an intro to the SAGA and Bella's and Edwards love, I also hope that the element remains and that the action does indeed intensify as the story / saga thickens!!! Expand
  3. SeanG
    Aug 20, 2009
    I've followed the books sighed up onto the website and to tell a lie twilght is my favorite saga and im a guy! to someone who has read all the books and hyped the movie it was less of a thrill but give it justice and hey with Newmoon round the corner who nows. Expand
  4. JoshL
    Nov 20, 2009
    It was bearable. I think people go into this movie exoecting to hate it and just want to piss of the crazy little girls who love it. Kristen Stewart tries to hard and is to melodramatic, but Patinson suprisingly good and charming. Hardwicke is a terrible director. Its obvious that she can't control herself with random, orgasmic camera movements that are detrimental to their cause: building tension. On top of this she brings out nothin in her ensemble and can't direct action. It's not only budget, there are movie with dirt cheap budgets that pull it off ebcause the director can HIDE the budget if they are good at all. Hardwicke is not good. At all. And I don't care what the slappy's say, when there's a mythology around a being (i.e. Vampires have fangs, and only come out at night) it's a writers duty to simultaneously meet the requirments for the type, and defy boundaries without rewriting whats been previously laid down. This is like a werewolf that doesn't transform on full moons... oh wait, that ends up happening in the next movie doesn't it? Expand
  5. AdrianaS.
    Nov 27, 2008
    the movie quite frankly sucked! i wa expecting more... i mean the books r fantastic and then this movie flopped. But some how it is still making millions (which i do not understand) Too many scenes were changed and added. it went to slow and all they did was stare at each other.. no flirting or "i love you" moments like in the books. It sucked. Expand
  6. Jul 3, 2012
    If someone could creat a great reboot of this, people who created movies better than the originals like The Amazing Spider Man and Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy i appreciate it. Kristen Stewart lacks some of Bella's elements and the movie looses the book's great transition unto screen. Expand
  7. MikeR.
    Nov 21, 2008
    It seemed half the audience in the theater had already read the book and had already made up their minds--the rest of us came to mock it. Between the awful score, makeup, special effects, dialogue and (the worst of all) directing, there was no shortage of opportunities to laugh out loud (and everyone did) during what I assume should have been dramatic sequences. Maybe this will appeal to die-hard fans of the book, but certainly not anyone who appreciates any kind of coherent cinematography or character depth. I can say with a high degree of certainty that we won't see another movie this bad for a very long time. Expand

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