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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

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3.0

Jen Yamato Profile

Twi-Hard with a Vengeance Read full review

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  • 3.0
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  • 50

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The huge contingent of girls -- and women with girlish fantasies -- who liked the first two movies will doubtless enjoy Eclipse. But this third go-round won't make Twihard converts of the rest of us.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    I can't pretend that the third episode instilled a fever in my blood, but it didn't leave me cold. For the first time in the series I felt I'd seen a real movie.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    It took three films, but The Twilight Saga finally nails just the right tone in Eclipse, a film that neatly balances the teenage operatic passions from Stephenie Meyer's novels with the movies' supernatural trappings.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The story, at heart, is earnest and humorless teen romantic glop, but its feelings aren't fake, and the movie is compulsively watchable; it has a passionflower intensity.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Third Twilight movie has more drama, violence.

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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    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.

  • rolemodels true0

    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.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: 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).

  • sex false3

    Sex: 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).

  • language false2

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

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: 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.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

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

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