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

3 stars

First not horrible for what it is. Ive read the books just so i can make educated opinions on these kind of things. You know fangirls cant stand when you crush their movies if you havent seen them. My favorite character in the book is Alice. And Ashley Greene continues to do a wonderful job in that role in the movies. More Alice please. Robert Pattinson . . . wow . .lets just say I dont get it. Now that ive seen trailers for his new movie I even more dont get it. His acting seems just very bad. His dialogue and delivery are just painstakingly bad. Taylor Lautner on the other hand given the same horrible words to speak seems to come across more sincere and more believable. Can you even believe stuff in a movie like this? All and all seems like they are holding pretty steady to the books. The shapechangers in wolf form look bad ass. The fight scenes do give it a kinda mythical feel. 3 stars for at least staying pretty close to the books and for Ashley Greene :)

- jmanard52, Thursday, April 8, 2010

2 stars

This one is my favourite! These movies are like, the great comedies of our time!

- cigaretteburns, Thursday, October 21, 2010

3 stars

I didn't think it could get worst than the first one.. but it's slow and at best "just okay". It's a whole movie following Bella around on her dumb adventures, her thrill seeking and quest to somehow make Eward come back by hurting herself. She's also so awful to Jacob that I understand how he got a team, out of pity. Now if only someone can explain to me how he turned in to a shirtless wolf boy. I'll probably end up watching the rest of the saga, but I doubt I'll like it.

- theylovealexis, Monday, October 4, 2010