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drama, romance

Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) doesn't expect much when she moves to the small town of Forks, Washington, until she meets the mysterious and handsome Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) - a boy who's hiding a dark secret- he's a vampire.

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common sense

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

Teen fans will love faithful -- if uneven -- adaptation.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this adaptation of author Stephenie Meyer's youth culture phenomenon Twilight was one of the most anticipated movies of 2008. Millions of kids 10 to 18 have read the books, and many more are familiar with them. Like the novel, the film features an intense romantic relationship between a gorgeous vampire and a human girl. There are a few kisses and several stares, hand touches, and embraces. One make-out session takes place on a bed with the girl in her underwear, but it's abruptly stopped. The movie's violence is mostly implied, but there's one particularly disturbing scene involving vampires, blood, a bitten human with a broken limb, and the destruction of an evil vampire. Language and drinking aren't issues; product placement is mostly limited to cars -- Volvo, Hummer, Mercedes, etc.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the various themes that have made the books such a huge success: first (and forbidden) love, restraint in getting intimate, everlasting and unconditional romance, and heart-thumping adventure.
  • Do you think Bella is a good role model for teen girls? Why or why not? Do you think she and Edward have a healthy relationship?
  • If you've read the book, did the film meet your expectations? What changes were good for the film? What scenes did you miss from the novel?
  • Why do you think the books and the movie have inspired such fanatical devotion? For more talking points, check out our article.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Gothic wooziness stifles many of Hardwicke's lighter impulses, such as her knack for jiving humor in scenes among friends and family. And some of the more cartoonishly gymnastic CG stunts look plain silly.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, November 21, 2008

Rotten: Unfortunately, it just didn't work.

- Ben Lyons, At the Movies, Monday, November 24, 2008

Rotten: I think this film is definitely a victim of it's own expectations.

- Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies, Monday, November 24, 2008

Audience Reviews

2 stars

The dialogue was really really cheesy. Or it was just handled really bad. There were moments where the actual film dragged me in. Mostly based off the way it was filmed, using the Pacific Northwest, it looked good. That is two stars. I think there was just something missing. Don't get me wrong I love supernatural stuff and I like romantic teen angst crap or well I did. I mean movies like Some Kind of Wonderful I have enjoyed. BUT this just felt like a bad teen romantic drama masquerading as a vampire flick. Kristen Stewart I think has done better. For some reason she just looked uncomfortable in this role. Pattinson seemed far more comfortable in his. If anything his sometimes casual joking attitude at times made me like the movie. Stewart just seemed just along for the ride.

- jmanard52, Saturday, August 6, 2011

3 stars

Don't get me wrong, it's completely lame.. but that's the point. Kristen Stewart is the worst actress ever. There is a mega fun drinking game you can play while watching her though.. every time she licks her lips or rabbit teeth, take a drink. You'll be drunk in 5 minutes. Edward is strange and brooding, but fun sometimes. Jacob doesn't even show up much so how anyone could pick teams is beyond me. Whatever. It's a teen "vampire" movie where the vampires don't have fangs, don't sleep in coffins, aren't bothered by garlic or crosses, they don't burn up in the sun and they don't drink blood. It's garbage, but if you know that going in, you'll be fine.

- theylovealexis, Monday, October 4, 2010

4 stars

It must be excruciatingly hard to bring a teenage vampire love story the screen and not make it a disaster. Somehow Twilight managed to do it with little effort. Sure there's cheesy moments, but what vampire movie doesn't have a few? This being told from a girl's perspective is original and kind've nice in my opinion. It doesn't hurt that Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are believable as a pair and deliver some pretty kooky lines with relative ease. I love the cinematography, it is perhaps the movies strongest suit. The images a beautiful to look at and it feels like a very moody and interesting background. Catherine Hardwicke does a great job and managed to do what might be considered a very hard task. I understand the hate, but I also completely understand the love too.

- ythelastman89, Wednesday, September 29, 2010