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The Twilight Saga: New Moon

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Twilight sequel has more obsession, action, wolves.

Movie PG-13 2009 119 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 49 parent reviews

age 17+
This movie must be a comedy! Because there is no way that people could even begin to immerse themselves in this movie without be completely fake and false about themselves. The only talent in this movie is Rob Pattenson (or however you spell his name) and the talent is wasted. ATTN PARENTS: if you want your teenage daughter to believe in romance and love have them watch Sleeping Beauty; because this movie will teach your little girls to be obsessed with a guy and even if he doesn't want to be with you its okay to push and push the envelope of romance whilst playing every other guy in sight. The reason why is said it is good only for kids 17+ is because someone that is an adult might understand how fake this movie is, and the bad role models that are potrayed.

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Too much sex
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age 10+

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Once again, a waste of money and acting talent. These Twilight movies are nothing but the same romantic undead love with violence. I still see no point.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (49 ):
Kids say (289 ):

Director Chris Weitz gives New Moon a more polished, action-oriented feel than the first film, but he isn't as adept as Catherine Hardwicke in capturing teenage emotions. With Edward away for much of the movie, the overall tone turns dark and moody (with an excellent indie-rock soundtrack as accompaniment). There's less passion and more angst, with Stewart translating Bella's heartbreak into constant sullenness and hysterical nighttime screams (at least until she starts hanging out with the warm and attentive Jacob). Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg does infuse the sequel with considerably more humor than the original, generally in small moments between Bella and her dad Charlie (Billy Burke), while Bella's hanging out with her classmates (there's a rather comical scene in which Bella's at a movie sitting between Jacob and Mike, both of whom have their hands propped and ready for hers), and when she's in La Push with Jacob and his pack of friends.

Despite some of slow, dragged-out scenes of melodrama, there's plenty for Twihards to howl about in the movie. Lautner, in particular, is swoony and sweet -- compared to Edward, he's all smiles (there might've been applause the first time Edward stepped out of his Volvo, but there was a collective gasp the first time Jacob whipped his shirt off to wipe blood off of Bella's face). In fact, Jacob's pack and the creepy Italian Volturi vampires who play a role later in the film are far more interesting than the Cullens in this installment. The caliber of the Volturi cast is surprisingly high, especially Michael Sheen as leader Aro and Dakota Fanning as sadistic head guard Jane. By the time the ends movie in a sentimental cliffhanger that sets up Eclipse, you can't help but hope that there's more of both groups in the final two films.

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