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Catherine Hardwicke

Twilight is the long-awaited film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's beloved vampire romance novel. When Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) moves from sunny Arizona to dreary Forks, Washington, she has a hard time adjusting. It doesn't help that her stunningly handsome lab partner Edward (Robert Pattinson), a member of the mysterious Cullen family, seems disgusted by her presence and skips school to avoid her. Things get even stranger when Edward saves her life in a feat of impossible strength but warns her not to tell anyone, and Bella learns about an ancient feud between the local Quileute tribe and a group of pale outsiders. Despite Edward's initial rebuffs, he can't seem to stay away from Bella, and the two start a cautious but intense romance. Bella realizes that Edward is a vampire, albeit a "vegetarian" who refrains from killing humans - though he can barely resist the intoxicating scent of her blood. However, Edward must protect Bella from an even greater danger when the Cullens discover that a rogue vampire is hunting her.


Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Hardwicke has connected so intensely to the Meyer novel that it's hard to imagine anyone else making a better version.

  • 60

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Though Edward and Bella reach certain heights in Twilight, notably during a charming scene that finds them leaping from piney treetop to treetop against the spectacular wilderness ...

  • 50

    Variety Justin Chang

    A disappointingly anemic tale of forbidden love that should satiate the pre-converted but will bewilder and underwhelm viewers who haven't devoured Stephenie Meyer's bestselling ju...

  • Time to put a wooden stake to this abysmal pile of trash's heart!

    Good thing I've watched Wreck-It Ralph after watching Breaking Dawn Part 2, because Wreck-It Ralph really applied to me (because I love video games) and was actually a really good movie, but this horrible onslaught of dullness, is NOT! I especially don't get the fact girls like this garbage! Well, I'll just let bygones be bygones and get into detail why the entire saga SUCKED. First off, the plots are horrible and feel basically the same. Seriously, it's just Bella, Edward, and Jacob standing in the woods all day, and all of the sudden, it changes up into a boring talk scene, and then some uncreative fight scene, neither of which are pleasant to look at if done wrong, and this saga totally done it wrong! I was actually FORCED to watch Breaking Dawn Part 2 because my step-sister had to play that horrible excuse for a film via Time Warner Cable Movies on Demand before putting in a Wreck-It Ralph DVD she rented from Family Video. While she was watching the movie, my step-nephew (obviously my step-sister's boy) decided to throw is Grinch doll around and smash stuff because we failed to endure the craptastrophe of a movie. The fight scene was the most annoying scene out of all of them because Jacob won't stop whimpering! Just shut up, will you please?! Anyway, I'd like to say that stay away from ANYTHING Twilight related.moreless
  • Epitome of atrocity.

    It is, this is the worst "vampire" movie that I have ever saw.

    Why? The plot is bland, so is the characters. Since the day one, the clowns in this movie haven't even got a development. It has lots of bad points, it includes punk level science, unrealistic events, plotholes and contradictions. This flick and it's sequels is nothing more than a woman's romantic delusions.

    Let's take a look about the characters shall we? First, there's Bella. Your typical mary sue. She has no flaws, don't take that clumsiness as a flaw because it's not even a big deal for anyone. Guys and girls are automatically fond of her since start and there's no reason why, let alone there's nothing that she did for them.

    What I can say about this one is she has the IQ of a brick. And the book even tells that she's smart. (Yeah, I borrowed the book to see why it gets such attention) Yet, she didn't even had gone to college and she makes the worst decisions. She's a bad protagonist.

    Edward, the psychopathic glittery pasty boy. He is actually an abusive one, caging Bella on one place if she is about to do what he doesn't want to happen. Yet, Bella loves it! I don't know, this guy just purely sucks. He has no redeeming qualities to start off, in short, not interesting.

    I hate the Volturi, the villains in this show. Why? No, not because they're villains, but they're tards to boot. The law they created is stupid that I want to toss swords and hammers at them! I mean, why would you disallow the so-called vampire race to step in the sun? Does the people know that they are a kind of special vampire? People may actually think that vampires get burned at the small contact of the sun! And it looks like that they don't know that the vampires in Meyer's world sparkle! They may only think that the "vampire" has just sprinkled itself with lots of glitters, and then proceed to laugh at it like hell. Well, the law is just unnecessary. I mean, even they did consider a sparkling tard a vampire, in real life standards, you can easily make an excuse. Normally, people will just think that they're normal people covered in sparkling glitters, and that's about it. If they get accused, it's easy! Just tell that you covered yourself in glitters! It's just an excuse for writing a contradictory, failure drama.

    There are lots of flaws- no. The whole movie and it's sequels are all flaws! Yes, that's right. The series revolves around flaws. It's actually plenty that it makes me lazy to write any of them. And I don't feel making a very long review based on those. You can find the flaws that I'm mentioning throughout the internet. And I already wrote a couple.

    The other characters, are also good as a water puddle. Nothing more.

    Avoid the books, and this movie at all costs.moreless

    Like many people, I definitely agree that this is one of the worst films of all time. Why Kristin Stewart was casted as the lead is beyond me. I'think it's a combination of her emotionless delivery of lines and really shitty writing is what makes this film so horrid. Bella's too stupid to heed Edward's warning to stay away from her and makes it clear that he doesn't like her. Then like half assed writing he decides he likes her because he can't read her mind or some stupid nonsense that I couldn't concentrate. Some boring crap happens and then these other vampire guys want Bella's blood so the Cullens fight, Edward almost kills her and then they go to boring prom. I swear Fifteen minutes in and I was praying for the end.moreless
  • I was actually braindead when I watched this

    This has got to be one of the most boring films I have ever seen. I was so bored from watching this it felt like the boredom I got from the film drilled into my brain giving me a lobotomy. I couldn't pay any attention to the film's plot or what was going on at all. It was so bad I was unable to even change the channel and I was only freed when the film was over.moreless
  • It should be renamed "Twi-shite"

    I thought Twilight was bloody awful, I wasn't expecting it to be THAT bad. It was all the rage in school to have watched the film and to have a Twilight book in your hands (I go to a girls' school), and I'm sure everyone must remember wanting to not feel left out of the rage. So I sat down and watched it and got bored within about ten minutes. Twilight was full of cheese, and when I mean cheese, I mean REALLY BAD cheese. From the crap effects, horrific acting and bad plot, I'd say this is one of the worst films I've ever seen. I also don't see how Robert Pattinson is supposed to be "hot" either.moreless

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