The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Movie Poster Image
Parents recommendPopular with kids
Third Twilight movie has more drama, violence.
  • PG-13
  • 2010
  • 124 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 80 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 269 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

There are some positive messages in this story about love, friendship, and loyalty, but they're secondary to the overwhelming, obsessive nature of Edward and Bella's relationship and Bella's willingness to give up everything else to be with Edward. This time around, the couple does compromise on several points (when to have sex, when to "turn" Bella, whether she can stay friends with Jacob) instead of seeming to be completely led/directed by Edward.

Positive Role Models

Bella is loyal and brave, but her relationship with Edward is too obsessive for her to be a purely positive role model for teens (or adults!). They love each other and protect each other, but she's ready to give up her family and her best friend for him at the age of 18. On the other hand, all of the main characters have admirable qualities that make them brave and loyal. Charlie and Bella are very close, even though their relationship isn't completely honest on her part. Jacob puts aside his pride to convince his pack to help the vampires and protect Bella.


This is the most violent Twilight movie to date, with an extended battle scene between the army of newborn vampires and the Cullen/werewolf alliance. Several decapitations and dismemberments (though no blood, since vampires break like ice when they're cut in half) and a high body count overall. In one disturbing flashback, a woman is shown about to be raped (though some younger viewers may miss that this is what's happening).


As both the books and the movies progress, there is increasingly more kissing and sexuality because Edward isn't as afraid of touching Bella. Jacob and Bella share a passionate kiss. This installment also features two unwanted kisses that end in slaps across the face. Jacob is frequently shirtless; in one scene, he warms Bella with his body (no sensitive body parts shown).


Less swearing than most PG-13 movies. Language includes "ass," "bad-ass," "damn," "hell," "bloodsucker," etc.


Slightly less consumer product placement in this installment of the series, although Edward's car is again a Volvo SUV (XC60). The movie also has huge merchandising tie-ins with Volvo, the Lip Venom comsetics line, Mattel, Hot Topic, and more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

In Rosalie's flashback, her fiancé is shown drinking with several friends, all of whom are drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the third installment in the Twilight movie phenomenon is more mature than its predecessors but ultimately still age-appropriate for teens. As always, it's critical that parents understand that the story's central relationship is extremely intense -- almost to the point of addiction or obsession -- with Bella more than willing to forsake everything (even seeing her parents again) to turn into a vampire and join Edward for eternity. There's more vampire-on-vampire and wolf-on-vampire violence this time around; the climactic battle scene includes bloodless decapitations, dismemberments, and close-contact fighting. Compared to the first two movies, there's also quite a bit more sexuality -- with several passionate kisses and a frank discussion about virginity and first times. All of that said, like Stephenie Meyer's Twilight books, Eclipse has very little swearing and, except for one flashback scene, no drinking.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9, 10, and 11-year-old Written byBingip December 5, 2010

11 and up, I learned a lesson

I took my 11 and 10 year old to see this and ( this is bad parenting but alshe was crying) I took my 9 year old. I thought it may not be that bad. I had to cove... Continue reading
Parent of a 12-year-old Written byHI wazz up November 18, 2010


The movie is very good but it's for kids who are older the are good parts were little kids can look at but a lot of it is kissy wissy and lovey dovey
Teen, 13 years old Written byPiperRockelle November 22, 2020

Very Good!!!

Eclipse is WAY more mature then the first two movie. I can't decide wether 11 or 12. But it is VERY, VERY good! I love this movie! Victoria is very savage,... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byreal_name_lol January 7, 2022

Okay but not the best


But it’s just light and fun

Edward practically forces Bella into marriage.

And Bella wants to be a vampire so that she does... Continue reading

What's the story?

The third adaptation based on Stephenie Meyer's phenomenally popular Twilight book series, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE settles once and for all whether Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) prefers her men primal and hot (Taylor Lautner's werewolf Jacob Black) or perfect and cool (Robert Pattinson's vampire Edward Cullen). At the beginning of Eclipse, Edward tries to keep Bella from seeing Jacob "for her own safety," but she "defies" his wishes and hangs out with Jacob (who's obviously in love with her) anyhow. As Bella is set to graduate from high school, prescient vampire Alice (Ashley Greene) sees an army of newborn vampires led by vengeful Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard) and enigmatic Riley (Xavier Samuel) wreaking havoc by feeding on humans and heading toward Forks to destroy Bella and the Cullens. Eager to defend Bella, Jacob pledges his wolf pack's help to defeat the newborn army. Bella finds her self not only at the root of a complicated fire vs. ice love triangle but also a tenuous alliance between natural enemies. What's a clumsy girl to do? (You probably already know.)

Is it any good?

Director David Slade and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg do a nice job of rounding out some characters who felt flat in Twilight and New Moon. In particular, Rosalie (Nikki Reed) and Jasper (Jackson Rathbone), both of whom were grating in the first two films, are tolerable and even sympathetic now that their histories are being explained. With the franchise's ever-growing budget, it's no surprise the action scenes are also much better this time around, with the vampire-and-wolf battle looking far sharper and intense than anything in Catherine Hardwicke's original Twilight movie. The Eclipse soundtrack is another compilation of indie-music darlings like Vampire Weekend and Sia, and it adds just the right note of angst and longing to accompany the high-stakes, high-drama proceedings (let's not pretend anyone actually thought any of these main characters would actually die -- that's just not Meyer's style).

As with any adaptation, not everything from the book makes the transition to the screen -- here, that means far less of the wolf pack, which is a shame, since their thought-sharing abilities and the inclusion of a female wolf, Leah (Julia Jones), are some of best parts of the Eclipse book. Jacob, of course, gets plenty of screen time, and Lautner shows more depth as he pines for Bella and declares that he will love her "until her heart stops beating" -- and possibly even after (Pattinson and Stewart, meanwhile, manage to look slightly less catatonic throughout the story). In a key scene, Lautner absolutely kills in delivering a line to Edward: "Let's face it, I am hotter than you." Wink, wink. Eye candy aside, Eclipse is the best of the Twilight movies yet and should dazzle the millions of devoted fans.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Bella and Edward's relationship. In this movie, they discuss not only having sex (she wants to now, he wants to wait) but getting married. What are Bella's reasons for wanting to marry and "be turned" so quickly?

  • Is Bella and Edward's romance a good role model for teenagers? Jacob tells Bella she would never have to change for him, but she still chooses Edward, for whom she must transform into a vampire to be with eternally. Do you think she made the right choice?

  • Book fans, what do you wish had been included in the movie? What are the most important things from the Breaking Dawn book that you want featured in the final two Twilight movies?

  • Talk about the larger-than-life phenomenon that the Twilight franchise has become. Are the movies and their stars becoming too overexposed?

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