Box art for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse


It all begins with a choice. In the third chapter of Stephenie Meyer's phenomenal Twilight saga, Bella Swan is surrounded by danger as Seattle is hit by a string of murders and an evil vampire continues her quest for revenge.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Third Twilight movie has more drama, violence.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the third installment in the Twilight movie phenomenon is more mature than its predecessors but ultimately still age-appropriate for teens. As always, it's critical that parents understand that the story's central relationship is extremely intense -- almost to the point of addiction or obsession -- with Bella more than willing to forsake everything (even seeing her parents again) to turn into a vampire and join Edward for eternity. There's more vampire-on-vampire and wolf-on-vampire violence this time around; the climactic battle scene includes bloodless decapitations, dismemberments, and close-contact fighting. Compared to the first two movies, there's also quite a bit more sexuality -- with several passionate kisses and a frank discussion about virginity and first times. All of that said, like Stephenie Meyer's Twilight books, Eclipse has very little swearing and, except for one flashback scene, no drinking.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Bella and Edward's relationship. In this movie, they discuss not only having sex (she wants to now, he wants to wait) but getting married. What are Bella's reasons for wanting to marry and "be turned" so quickly?
  • Is Bella and Edward's romance a good role model for teenagers? Jacob tells Bella she would never have to change for him, but she still chooses Edward, for whom she must transform into a vampire to be with eternally. Do you think she made the right choice?
  • Book fans, what do you wish had been included in the movie? What are the most important things from the Breaking Dawn book that you want featured in the final two Twilight movies?
  • Talk about the larger-than-life phenomenon that the Twilight franchise has become. Are the movies and their stars becoming too overexposed?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A solid and frequently enjoyable film.

- Alex Zane, Sun Online, Thursday, July 8, 2010

Rotten: As a phenomenon, Twilight still takes some beating, but in the end Eclipse, while certainly servicing the fans, should perhaps have given them more than a stop-gap until next-year's two-part finale.

- Alistair Harkness, Scotsman, Monday, July 12, 2010

Fresh: The film is a swirl of raging hormones, bitter jealousies and the aching grip of feelings that have yet to be physically consummated.

- Allan Hunter, Daily Express, Monday, July 12, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I actually liked this movie. this is not a great movie though but it's good. it a big improvement on the last two crap movies. Grade: B-

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Monday, November 8, 2010

1 star

This shit is pretty much a teenage Young & the Restless. And just about as long, too....

- cigaretteburns, Thursday, October 21, 2010

4 stars

I must say that 'Eclipse' was better than 'New Moon' which sucks, director David Slade and the scriptwriter team did a great job for making the adaptation from the third book of 'Twilight' series... The proportion between the romantic scenes and the action scenes were proportional I think, even though there is some scenes that have a long conversation and seems unimportant... The more surprising is the whole story wasn't told in Bella's point of view anymore because there is some scenes that have no business with Bella, which is surprise me... But since I don't read the book, I just assume that thing, because the first two movies was told in Bella's point of view... The acting from the cast wasn't improve a lot, even though they had a lot of new star like Bryce Dallas Howard, Anna Kendrick, and Xavier Samuel, but still their scenes is too little so their performance was so hard to rate... Overall, I like the movie and this one is better than 'New Moon', even though for a bunch of girls 'Twilight' is still the best...

- ajaymuthecooldevils, Tuesday, October 19, 2010