Box art for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

drama, romance

In the fifth and final chapter of The Twilight Saga, the birth of Bella and Edwards child ignites forces that threaten to destroy them all.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
4 out of 5
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
2 out of 5

Final Twilight focuses on Edward and Bella's legacy.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the final installment in the Twilight saga is a must-see movie for any fans (teen or otherwise) who've followed the series' page-to-screen adaptations -- as well as stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's public relationship. The movie is fairly faithful to the second half of the Breaking Dawn book, except that it amplifies the violent nature of the book's climactic battle between the Cullens and the Volturi. Several characters are tortured, violently beheaded, burned, ripped apart by werewolves, etc., and there are some shocking deaths (though, overall, not much gore). There's one long, sensuous love scene (with close-ups of bare skin and faces and a glimpse of the side of Bella's breast, but nothing more graphic than that), as well as several passionate kisses between various couples. Language is minimal, as in all of the movies in the series.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the Twilight series' impact on pop culture. Do you think the messages of the books and movies are positive? How has the off-screen relationship between Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart affected your thoughts about the movies?
  • How does Bella's transformation into a vampire change her? Is she more likable as a vampire? How do her abilities as a vampire affect those around her?
  • Is Bella and Edward's romance a positive example for teenagers? What's your take on the mature issues of marriage and parenthood addressed in the movie? Parents, take this opportunity to talk to your children about your own family's values when it comes to these topics.
  • There's one part of the movie that diverges from the book; did the twists upset you, or do you understand why they made the changes?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: "Breaking Dawn, Part 2" doesn't end the series on an especially strong note, but it ends it. Let's count our blessings.

- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Thursday, November 15, 2012

Audience Reviews

3 stars

The epic finale that will live forever Great ending to the Twilight Saga! The director sure did a fantastic job sending the saga out with a bang. The fight was literally one of the best fight scenes of any movie I've seen. Major characters were dying all over the place. It became chaotic and unpredictable. I actually felt legitimate suspense because I had no idea what was going to happen next. I was loving it! The music throughout, as always, is exceptional. The movie soundtracks have never failed to fit the films perfectly. They're always the right songs for the right moments. Director Bill Condon shows he was more than up to the task of tackling this tricky two-parter. It looks exquisite. The direction has obviously been made with care and love for the source material and its fans. You need look no further than the film's closing credits (which give everyone of all the movies their due, even ones not present in this film). The inclusion of actual pages of the book was a nice touch. I'll greatly miss these characters who I've enjoyed seeing brought to life for five films now. For those who appreciated the books, the films and the actors involved, this should be a satisfying conclusion for you. I know it was for me. Bella is enjoying her new life and new powers, after the birth of their daughter, Renesmee. Soon, however, their family bliss is threatened again, by a new menace. Vampire Irina believes a child like Renesmee could challenge the power and existence of the Volturi. As Irina rallies the Volturi to destroy this potential threat, Bella and the Cullens - together with any allies they can assemble - are preparing to fight a crucial, ultimate battle, to protect their family.

- xXGiNoBiLiPRXx, Saturday, December 1, 2012

3 stars

Really not that bad. Kristen Stewart is indeed a tough vixen/vamp, and the angelic Mackenzie Foy, as hybrid-baby Renesmee, is sweet and beguiling. And would Twilight detractors stop freaking out about the werewolf imprinting thing? It's not pedophilia. Jacob's bond isn't sexual or romantic at all at Renesmee's young age. It's one of protector and brother that will mature into friend then lover. Geez. CLEVER TWIST that rocked me hardcore with a too-cute black & white yearbook retrospective of all castmembers involved. Well done, movie.

- aliceinpunderland, Thursday, November 29, 2012

1 star

The Twilight films have been pretty bad on the whole. Being adapted from Stephanie Meyers(TM) bestselling novels, when tell the wildly overwrought story of a 100-year-old vampire who falls in love with a teenage girl who also finds herself the object of a werewolf(TM)s affections, there was little chance that the film(TM)s would become great pieces of cinema but even with lowered expectations the five Twilight films was pretty terrible. There(TM)ll all badly plodded, indifferent directed and ludicrously acted movies that occasionally entertain due to their sheer audacity The last film in the saga, Bill Condon(TM)s Breaking Dawn Part 2 is the best in the series but it(TM)s also easily one of the year(TM)s worst films. Jumping into the action with no introduction the players or plotline, Breaking Dawn Part 2 beings with Kristen Stewart acclimating to her new identity as a vampire and new mother after four films of wrestling with whether or not to commit to a life of deathless beauty with Robert Pattinson(TM)s emotional abusive immortal. The complete lack of a recap would probably make for a slightly confusing viewing experience for the uninitiated but the film quickly makes up for it by its supporting actors spout off copious amounts of exposition to fill everybody in on the specifics. That clunky inelegance carries over to the rest of the film, with most of the plot following the various members of the Cullen coven tracking down a small army of wildly stereotypical super powered vampires from all over the world to help fight off the vaguely sinister Volturi as they take several months to travel from Italy to Washington state to judge Stewart(TM)s half vampire progeny. This dull international recruitment drive fills up much of the film(TM)s running time because Breaking Dawn Part 2 is adapted from half of a book that(TM)s already light on plot and heavy on supposedly profound introspection on the part of the film(TM)s main cast. Breaking Dawn Part 1 focused on Stewarts(TM) marriage to Pattinson, their seemly endless honeymoon and Stewart(TM)s violent pregnancy and eventual turn to vampirism. Coupled with Part 2(TM)s gathering of friends and epic final battle, you could probably edit together an uneven but much less languorous film. As it is, Breaking Dawn is two films that have a deeply unnecessary focus on meaningful glances and time filling minutia. In addition to the protracted doldrums of the film narrative, many of the film(TM)s performers are downright difficult to watch to. Robert Pattinson does as best he can as he has with the rest of the series, mostly by giving his character a slightly bemused and petty edge that somewhat deflates the intensity of Twilight(TM)s middle school break up emotional pitch. Kristen Stewart as a vampire is a lot less fidgety and marble mouthed than Kristen Stewart the human but her Bella Swan is still the least active protagonist in popular fiction. Taylor Lautner does the he can with tormented werewolf Jacob, especially in a hilarious scene where he has to explain to Stewart that he has become genetic betrothed to her newborn daughter but he(TM)s not an actor so it(TM)s tough going. The rest of the cast chomps on their poorly written melodramatic lines as best they can though no one leaves much of an impression except for Martin Sheen wonderfully over the top leader of the Volturi. He achieves a level of pure decadence that only a pedigreed actor can attain. Bill Condon(TM)s direction is serviceable but it clear that this is a work for hire job not a passion project like Dreamgirls. While Condon was able to squeeze in a few moments of surrealist beauty (Bella(TM)s nightmare wedding) and sensational horror (the childbirth scene) in the first Breaking Dawn, he mostly keeps his nose to the ground here and delivers the fan service as best he can. It(TM)s also clear that Condon struggled with the film(TM)s budgetary restrictions and lost the fight in a few critical areas. While no Twilight film is a budget buster, this film has suffered the most from being an independent production. The film(TM)s werewolves look fine but anytime a special effect involving a person is involved, the film turns into a CW genre show. On the other hand the film(TM)s berserk final battle is so impressive it almost makes up for the film(TM)s general shoddiness. In the finale, the assembled Cullen clan and friends have a confrontation with the Volturi in a snowy Northwestern field. The Cullens try to explain that there(TM)s been a misunderstanding and the Bella and Edward(TM)s miracle child isn(TM)t the anti-Christ, there(TM)s a bit of back and forth and then all hell breaks loose. The big fight consists of vampires fighting vampires fighting werewolves fighting super powered vampires in brawl so insane that it damn near validates now only Breaking Dawn Part 2 but the entire Twilight series. You(TM)d have had to have been either very creative or crazy to think that a gothic melodrama would have ended with a vampires being tossed in a pit of lava while other vampires rip the heads off other vampires but that(TM)s what happens in this movie. The fact that the entire amazing sequence is essentially a dream sequence not only doesn(TM)t ruin the effect, it makes it fit in perfectly with Twilight non-confrontational confrontation dynamic. The Twilight series has always been trash but with this film it becomes glorious trash.

- mmckellop, Monday, November 26, 2012