Movie critics finally have something nice to say about the last “Twilight” film, “Breaking Dawn, Part 2,” but not much. Stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner still don’t make the grade after four tries to get it right.
Between Pattinson and Stewart, Rob has matured the most during the film series.
Pattinson “has rarely appeared more relaxed, and his character has never seemed more, well, human,” according to New York Times critic Manohla Dargis, who gave the film a positive rating.
In contrast, Stewart hasn’t graduated beyond “stiff,” according to Dargis, the co-chief film critic (is that possible?) at The Times.
Rob and Kristen: Walk Down Memory Lane;
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Overall, “Breaking Dawn, Part 2” has yet to score high enough with a 53 percent rating to be considered a success at review tracker rottentomatoes. With 103 reviews counted, 70 are positive and 63 are negative.
The film did even worse among top critics from major publications and Websites, posting a 48 percent rating among heavy hitters.
Competing films such as “Skyfall” (92 percent), “Weck-it Ralph” (82 percent), “Flight” (77 percent) and “Argo” (95 percent) all received better ratings.
“Breaking Dawn, Part 2” has been mostly criticized for being “overly melodramatic” and “poorly paced.” Nonetheless, the picture is being hailed as “easily” the best film of the “Twilight” series, “with a rousing climax that goes a long way toward redeeming a sluggish first half,” according to rottenttomatoes.
Sharing those sentiments, Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote: “You’re going to hear a lot about ‘Breaking Dawn Part 2’ being the best of the ‘Twilight’ movies. That’s like saying a simple head cold is preferable to swine flu.”
“It’s a movie so dull you might start yanking on your own head after about an hour,” chimed in San Francisco Chronicle critic Mick LaSalle
But as expected, those who saw the film loved it; 88 percent recommend it, suggesting a strong word-of-mouth endorsement is likely to mushroom the film into another blockbuster.
Of the four previous vampire films, “Breaking Dawn, Part 1,” which hit theaters a year ago, is the current title holder with a $712 million worldwide box office gross. Yet it was critically the worst, with a 24 percent rating.
The “Twilight Saga: New Moon,” is considered second worst, with a 28 percent rating. Ironically, it’s also the second highest grossing with a $709 million box office. “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” received a 49 percent rating and grossed $696 million. The original film, 2008’s “Twilight” grossed a mere $392 million, with a 49 percent rating.
USA Today’s Claudia Puig probably summed up the movie the best. Fans… will no doubt find it all terribly romantic and deeply meaningful. The rest of humanity will remain unmoved.”