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'Twilight Breaking Dawn - Part 2' reviews: What the critics are saying

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The curtain comes down on the Twilight series this week with the release of Breaking Dawn - Part 2. Though fans have remained loyal to the vampire franchise, it's experienced something of a turbulent time with critics.

Digital Spy rounds up the early reviews for Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's Twilight swansong below...


The Hollywood Reporter (Todd McCarthy)
"Taken on a run in the woods by her husband, Robert Pattinson's Edward, she delights in her sudden speed, unbridled energy and inhuman powers. Advised by Edward that, 'We need to get your thirst under control,' Bella amusingly exhibits a craving for a vulnerable mountain climber but settles for the blood of a mountain lion, of all things, as her first meal on her new restricted diet. And once she gets a sample of vampire sex - unlimited endurance, off-the-charts intensity, no need for sleep - she's totally sold on her new life. 'I was born to be a vampire,' she contentedly proclaims."

Variety (Justin Chang)
"Laughter, disbelief and a sort of horrified exhilaration are all perfectly sane reactions to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, a doozy of a finale to a series that, until now, has largely taken its dramatic cues from its maddeningly inert heroine. Not anymore: With Bella reborn as a bloodthirsty, butt-kicking vampire mama, this second of two Bill Condon-directed instalments clears a low bar to stand easily as the franchise's most eventful and exciting entry."

The Telegraph (Robbie Collin)
"Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is three fingers of supernatural teen romance served neat in a dirty glass with a sparkler and cocktail umbrella, and not a single concession is made to newcomers, or sanity. Within five minutes of the opening credits, the newlywed Bella, whom you may recall converted to vampirism at the end of Breaking Dawn - Part 1, is hunting a puma in a figure-hugging blue cocktail dress."

Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

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Screen Daily (Brent Simon)
"The hugely successful serial adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's teen-friendly vampires-and-werewolves soap opera winds its way to a conclusion with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, one of the better entries of a middling series. There is a certain ceiling for melodrama this programmatically plotted, but after a rather sluggish opening half, director Bill Condon delivers a rousing finale that will work fans into a tizzy."

The Playlist (Jessica Kiang)
"Breaking Dawn - Part 2 ends a bad series with a bad film, but in relative terms: it's better than New Moon and Breaking Dawn - Part 1, maybe as good as Eclipse, and worse than Twilight, and that's about all we can say for it."

Daily Mail (Baz Bamigboye)
"I can't deny that I didn't care very much for the four other movies. For the most part they were poorly-made and badly acted. Also, all that 'girl falls in love with a soppy vampire then a second suitor turns up who turns into a werewolf' got on my nerves. But somehow the final film has stuff to say about love, friendship and loyalty that works."

The Guardian (Peter Bradshaw)
"The Twilight Saga signs off with a tentative whimper which turns into a conditional bang, which turns out to be a different, provisional kind of whimper... Despite all those fierce confrontations and tribal divisions, exhaustively rehearsed and mythologised, nobody's really a bad guy and nothing's really at stake."

Empire (Helen O'Hara)
"The novel version of Breaking Dawn is famously a finale without a finale, building to an epic confrontation that doesn't happen. The filmmakers have hit upon a cinematic solution to the dilemma, but it's so outrageous that it will frustrate as many people as it delights... Fans will be left on a high; other viewers will be confused but generally entertained by a saga whose romance is matched only by its weirdness."

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 opens in cinemas worldwide on November 16.

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