Box art for The Twilight Saga: New Moon

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

drama, horror, romance, sci-fi & fantasy

In the second chapter of Stephenie Meyer's best-selling Twilight series, the romance between mortal Bella Swan and vampire Edward Cullen grows more intense as ancient secrets threaten to destroy them.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

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

Twilight sequel has more obsession, action, wolves.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the second installment in the hugely popular Twilight saga is darker and a bit more violent than the first movie, but not enough to make it inappropriate for teens, especially those who've read the books. That said, the relationship at the core of the story is obsessive and intense -- Bella's entire sense of self worth is wrapped up in being with Edward, which isn't the greatest example for young fans, who could get the wrong idea of what love is "supposed" to be like. Like Stephenie Meyer's books, the New Moon movie is virtually free of salty language, drinking, and smoking -- but there are some intense action sequences involving vampires and/or werewolves, and one supporting character dies. Bella and Edward share several kisses, while Jacob and Bella exchange many longing looks and charged embraces. And there's no question about the marketing machine that the Twilight franchise has become, with merchandise and promotional deals with companies including Burger King, Volvo, and Hot Topic.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Bella and Edward's relationship. What do you think about how completely obsessed they are with each other? Do your kids think that's healthy/normal? Parents, talk to your teens about setting expectations for their own dating life, and share your values about what makes for healthy dating and relationships.
  • Why do you think vampire love stories all the rage now? How is Edward and Bella's relationship different than other vampire-human romances in pop culture?
  • How are Edward and Jacob opposites? Despite their differences,Bella loves them both (albeit differently). What do they each representto her? Does the film urge viewers to choose between them, or is it complimentary to both characters?
  • Fans of the book can compare the it to the movie. Was the adaptationfaithful? What bits from the book did you missseeing on screen?
  • 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: It has an amazing kind of emotional integrity and intensity.

- A.O. Scott, At the Movies, Monday, November 23, 2009


- Anna King, Time Out, Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fresh: 'New Moon' is little more than a skilful soap opera, but it's still enjoyable escapism - even if you're old and wise enough to see through it.

- Anna Smith, Time Out, Friday, November 20, 2009

Audience Reviews

1 star

This second instalment is a pretty terrible sequel, and does not live up to it's predecessor in any way whatsoever. The cinematography is still just as impressive, getting in quite a few intriguing shot positions, but that does not save this hopeless mess at all. It has many flaws, it is not as subtle as the first, the acting is brutally awful, the story is very thrown together, and the conclusion made me want more, but I didn't really care by that point. "New Moon" is extremely cliched with a few cool scenes to get the viewer by. This series is going down the drain, but I will keep giving them a chance to redeem themselves!

- fb733768972, Saturday, November 17, 2012

0 star

I watched New Moon yesterday and overall I think it's pretty good. Some people are saying there wasn't enough action in it.. well people did you read the book? There wasn't much action in that either. The movie followed the book fairly well I thought. In fact overall, I was pretty impressed with the movie. The wolves looked cool. I reckon the next movie will be great as it will have more action scenes in it with wolves fighting vampires and so forth. The acting wasn't so great. The person who played Jacob did a pretty good job, the person who played Laurent did a fairly good job and the person who played Bella did better than last time and was pretty good in this movie. However, the person who played Alice wasn't very spectacular and I don't think they played her character well and as usual I think Robert Pattison can't act. Other than that I loved the movie. If you can get past the dodgy acting it's good. If you liked the book of New Moon you should like the movie.

- matertenebraum, Saturday, September 29, 2012

1 star

It's a more impressive sequel than the original, but 'New Moon' fails to deliver a new dawn for the twilight series. Instead, stuck in first gear, the film coughs and wheezes along to its last breath, before the end credits roll. Painfully long for its subject matter and tone, the acting abilities of Taylor Lautner must again be questioned. Does he have any beyond being a pretty face which the target audience, pre-pubscent girls can moon over? It seems not. Kristen Stewart in her main role as central character Bella Swan gives a better performance than her male counterpart Robert Pattison, who despite playing a cold, emotionless vampire, could try harder on the emotion front. The script and story are the worst however. As soon as it begins, the film begins to lose pace, right from the word go. A dull and depressingly long tale is explored through poor cinematography and visuals, spare a few moments. A tale, in which nothing really happens. It seems the film has been made as a placeholder between the first and the third, and because of this has suffered the tragedy of being a story without a plot. However, its saving grace is slightly good performances from a few loan faces in certain moments, and despite all the odds, the film is slightly better than its original predecessor.

- fb100000212943704, Monday, August 13, 2012