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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

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

Movie PG-13 2008 120 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 156 parent reviews

age 12+

It's entertaining.

I mean, this movie is no Titanic or Miss Americana, but it does serve its purpose - being entertaining. So entertaining that I watched it 12 times. It's a great sleepover movie - me and my best friend watched this - and it's not meant to be a feminist movie, which a lot of people don't understand. Here is the most frequent complain: Complain: Bella's not a feminist; she doesn't have an option; the relationship is unhealthy. Answer: Bella was never supposed to be the poster girl for feminism! This movie is not Moxie. And if you stick with the entire saga like my family did, you're realize that this is a love story. As you probably know, this story follows human Bella Swan and vampire Edward Cullen. It is based off a best-selling book series. This is the first movie. The movies in order are: Twilight New Moon Eclipse Breaking Dawn Part 1 Breaking Dawn Part 2 The age rating? There's one fight scene near the end that could be easily skipped. The romance isn't more graphic than most PG-13 movies, and there's no language. Overall, this is a great sleepover movie and it's very entertaining.
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age 10+

Horrible role models in dull vampire romance.

Bella is a horrible role model and willingly puts herself in an unhealthy relationship. Her boyfriend wants to eat her! I mean come on.

This title has:

Too much sex
3 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (156 ):
Kids say (718 ):

Director Catherine Hardwicke nails the teen emotions and relationships, and she stays surprisingly faithful to the novel. But while the Bella-Edward romance is appropriately swoony, other parts of the film are quite schlocky and even unintentionally funny (like Edward's facial expressions at his first whiff of Bella's intoxicating scent). While some of the supporting cast is spot-on (Ashley Greene is pixie-ish and graceful as prescient vampire Alice, and Burke's Charlie is exactly the kind of loving-but-hands-off father Meyer describes), other characters -- like Jasper (Jackson Rathbone) and Rosalie (Nikki Reed) -- are reduced to one note. In Rathbone's case, he's a statue with overly gelled locks and a permanent look of irritation that got many laughs. But cosmetic issues aside, most of the characters -- right down to the villainous vampires led by James (Cam Gigandet) -- act like their counterparts in the novel.

From Edward's shiny silver Volvo and Bella's beat-up red truck to the glittery meadow scene, the lullaby and the longing looks, Hardwicke and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg have included most of the book's essential details. But moviegoers who have no idea why so many girls in the audience are wearing "Team Edward" tees will find aspects of Twilight silly and superficial. Clearly, the real story is the Bella-Edward romance, and in that respect the film should appease hardcore Twilighters (the on-screen kisses are even more passionate than in the book). Stewart does Bella justice with her constant clumsiness and her serious gazes. Pattinson is dreamy and intense, although it would've been better had the British actor perfected a more refined American accent. When the star-struck couple first leaps through the trees together or kisses, brace yourself for applause and giddy shrieks. Those who don't mind teen love served with a side of cheese (and bloodlust) will enjoy it. And no matter what, it's going to be an absolute must-see for the series' teen-vampire-adoring fans.

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