Twilight

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Released 2008

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Director:
Catherine Hardwicke
Released:
2008
Rating:
PG-13

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.

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  • 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...

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extraordinary situations, good vs. evil, small town life, tween sensation, for women