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

  • Critic Score
    49%
  • Audience Score
    71%

common sense

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

2 stars

While improvement over Breaking Dawn Part 1, this final entry into the Twilight Saga is still far from flawed and does not hold a candle for the first three films. Director Bill Condon cannot quite handle this kind of material very well. He shoots in many directions but never fully goals. Promising and stylish opening titles aside, this is a very mixed bag. It is entertaining, often silly, unshamedly melodramatic and full of awkward dialogue. But i don't want to be unfair towards this franchise. Target audince, which are mostly teenagers i presume, will be possibly more satisfied than i was. I am not saying that this film wasn't any good. It just suffers from uneven screenplay and average direction. There is one true stand out moment here and that is the spectacular climax which finally shows some more potential from Condon when it comes to adding some true drama into action. Cinematographer Guillermo Navarro also knows how to shoot action with his camera and this particular climax is great opportunity for him which he wisely uses well. While the climax is suspenseful to watch and will have you edge of your seat, it is quite disappointing to see that the surprise twist in the end just makes it all feel a bit whimper. The way it pulls rug under the feet of a viewer feels something closer to an bad imitation on Brian De Palma's famous faux endings than anything that would be proper in a film like this. I haven't read the books and maybe it all worked much better in the books but here it left a bad aftertase. In the end Twilight Saga was a franchise that was much better than it's unfair reputation. Especially David Slade's darker take adaptation with third film, Eclipse, was a real treat and by far the best film of the whole series. Anyone who are keen for vampires, werewolves and enchanting forests with magical atmosphere should give this franchise a chance.

- emilkakko, Sunday, March 24, 2013

2 stars

While improvement over Breaking Dawn Part 1, this final entry into the Twilight Saga is still far from flawed and does not hold a candle for the first three films. Director Bill Condon cannot quite handle this kind of material very well. He shoots in many directions but never fully goals. Promising and stylish opening titles aside, this is a very mixed bag. It is entertaining, often silly, unshamedly melodramatic and full of awkward dialogue. But i don't want to be unfair towards this franchise. Target audince, which are mostly teenagers i presume, will be possibly more satisfied than i was. I am not saying that this film wasn't any good. It just suffers from uneven screenplay and average direction. There is one true stand out moment here and that is the spectacular climax which finally shows some more potential from Condon when it comes to adding some true drama into action. Cinematographer Guillermo Navarro also knows how to shoot action with his camera and this particular climax is great opportunity for him which he wisely uses well. While the climax is suspenseful to watch and will have you edge of your seat, it is quite disappointing to see that the surprise twist in the end just makes it all feel a bit whimper. The way it pulls rug under the feet of a viewer feels something closer to an bad imitation on Brian De Palma's famous faux endings than anything that would be proper in a film like this. I haven't read the books and maybe it all worked much better in the books but here it left a bad aftertase. In the end Twilight Saga was a franchise that was much better than it's unfair reputation. Especially David Slade's darker take adaptation with third film, Eclipse, was a real treat and by far the best film of the whole series. Anyone who are keen for vampires, werewolves and enchanting forests with magical atmosphere should give this franchise a chance.

- emilkakko, Sunday, March 24, 2013

2 stars

While improvement over Breaking Dawn Part 1, this final entry into the Twilight Saga is still far from flawed and does not hold a candle for the first three films. Director Bill Condon cannot quite handle this kind of material very well. He shoots in many directions but never fully goals. Promising and stylish opening titles aside, this is a very mixed bag. It is entertaining, often silly, unshamedly melodramatic and full of awkward dialogue. But i don't want to be unfair towards this franchise. Target audince, which are mostly teenagers i presume, will be possibly more satisfied than i was. I am not saying that this film wasn't any good. It just suffers from uneven screenplay and average direction. There is one true stand out moment here and that is the spectacular climax which finally shows some more potential from Condon when it comes to adding some true drama into action. Cinematographer Guillermo Navarro also knows how to shoot action with his camera and this particular climax is great opportunity for him which he wisely uses well. While the climax is suspenseful to watch and will have you edge of your seat, it is quite disappointing to see that the surprise twist in the end just makes it all feel a bit whimper. The way it pulls rug under the feet of a viewer feels something closer to an bad imitation on Brian De Palma's famous faux endings than anything that would be proper in a film like this. I haven't read the books and maybe it all worked much better in the books but here it left a bad aftertase. In the end Twilight Saga was a franchise that was much better than it's unfair reputation. Especially David Slade's darker take adaptation with third film, Eclipse, was a real treat and by far the best film of the whole series. Anyone who are keen for vampires, werewolves and enchanting forests with magical atmosphere should give this franchise a chance.

- emilkakko, Sunday, March 24, 2013