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'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1' gets negative reviews

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 has been met with negative early reviews.

The penultimate film of Stephanie Meyer's supernatural book series was screened for critics ahead of its release on November 18.

Variety reviewer Justin Chang said that he found it "disappointing... that a story so pregnant with dramatic possibilities should wind up feeling like such an unconsummated opportunity," adding that "the film is rich in surface pleasures but lacks any palpable sense of darkness or danger."

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart


Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter said that Breaking Dawn "feels as bloated and anaemic as Bella during her pregnancy" and claimed the love story between Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) has become "very lame and very disappointing".

However, he praised the lead actors' performances, noting that all "have their constituencies and reasons for being eminently watchable".

Screen Daily's Brent Simon, however, was less impressed with the trio, describing their performances as "largely soapy and melodramatic, especially from Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black) and to a lesser degree Pattinson."

Simon also accuses director Bill Condon of "forgo[ing] much in the way of subtlety or tension, opting instead for programmatic obviousness."

A moody pose for Breaking Dawn.


Gabriel Chong of Movie Exclusive was more complimentary though, calling Breaking Dawn - Part 1 "the most romantic and emotionally thrilling chapter by far".

He also painted Codon as a "masterful helmsman", who takes the franchise in "a new and exciting direction".

Discussing the cast, Chong complimented Stewart for making "Bella's every emotion keenly felt" and having "sparkling chemistry" with Pattinson, but conceded that Lautner "is largely forgettable" and gives an "all too familiar" performance.

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Watch a teaser for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 below:

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