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The Twilight Saga: New Moon Review

Movies.com Critics

2.0

Dave White Profile

Lot and lots of mooning. Read full review

3.5

Jen Yamato Profile

A fangst-filled, faithful adaptation for fans. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    44

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    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The werewolves have it all over the blood-suckers in The Twilight Saga: New Moon. When these oversize, hirsute creatures burst onto the screen, they inject life into a rather inert story.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Once again, the three young leads give committed performances, with Lautner's character allowed a larger share of the spotlight this time around.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Why does “New Moon” basically work, even with its grave self-seriousness? A few reasons. Weitz lets the material breathe, and his actors interact. The film does not try to eat you alive.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Fan-ready and saga-solid.

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  • See all The Twilight Saga: New Moon reviews at Metacritic.com

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Twilight sequel has more obsession, action, wolves.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the second installment in the hugely popular Twilight saga is darker and a bit more violent than the first movie, but not enough to make it inappropriate for teens, especially those who've read the books. That said, the relationship at the core of the story is obsessive and intense -- Bella's entire sense of self worth is wrapped up in being with Edward, which isn't the greatest example for young fans, who could get the wrong idea of what love is "supposed" to be like. Like Stephenie Meyer's books, the New Moon movie is virtually free of salty language, drinking, and smoking -- but there are some intense action sequences involving vampires and/or werewolves, and one supporting character dies. Bella and Edward share several kisses, while Jacob and Bella exchange many longing looks and charged embraces. And there's no question about the marketing machine that the Twilight franchise has become, with merchandise and promotional deals with companies including Burger King, Volvo, and Hot Topic.

  • Families can talk about Bella and Edward's relationship. What do you think about how completely obsessed they are with each other? Do your kids think that's healthy/normal? Parents, talk to your teens about setting expectations for their own dating life, and share your values about what makes for healthy dating and relationships.
  • Why do you think vampire love stories all the rage now? How is Edward and Bella's relationship different than other vampire-human romances in pop culture?
  • How are Edward and Jacob opposites? Despite their differences,Bella loves them both (albeit differently). What do they each representto her? Does the film urge viewers to choose between them, or is it complimentary to both characters?
  • Fans of the book can compare the it to the movie. Was the adaptationfaithful? What bits from the book did you missseeing on screen?
  • 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
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    Messages: Bella, while in some ways very mature, is the poster child for obsessive love in this movie. She intentionally acts recklessly in order to see Edward in her mind, which isn't a positive message to send young girls. And her relationship with Edward, while loving, continues to determine her happiness, as evident in her three months of catatonic depression after their break-up early in the film. Edward is downright suicidal at the thought of losing Bella forever, and his decision to provoke the Volturi is literally self-destructive. Platonic friendships are shown as being fraught with sexual tension, which is also iffy for tweens and adolescents. All of that said, there's a lot of selflessness here, too, with characters putting themselves at risk to help others.

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    Role models: Even though Bella is an incredibly loyal friend and girlfriend, she also has far too much of her self esteem wrapped up in her intense relationships with Edward and Jacob. She never feels that she's worthy of Edward, and she admits to feeling selfish in the way that she clings to Jacob even while telling him she can never love him "that way." That said, Edward and Jacob are both very protective of Bella, who is in turn protective of each of them. They all get a chance to save each other and don't hesitate to do so. And Charlie and Bella's father-daughter relationship, while not completely honest on Bella's part, is very close.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Notably more action and violence than in the first film. Early in the movie, Jasper almost attacks Bella, leading to a fight between him and Edward. Accident-prone Bella falls, bleeds, and gets bruised several times and in one case almost drowns to death. Victoria and the Wolf Pack have a big fight, as do the werewolves and Laurent. Bella slaps Sam; Paul then becomes aggressive and lunges at her in werewolf form, only to be caught in a fight with wolf-Jacob. The Volturi's minions dismember a guilty vampire (it's quick and not much is shown, but the effect is gory), almost kill Edward and Bella, and make Edward writhe in pain.

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    Sex: Although there's nothing explicit, all of Bella and Edward's scenes are filled with passionate looks, hugs (including one in which he's shirtless), and brief-but-intense kisses. Jacob holds Bella's hand and stares at her longingly, and they share several close embraces (two while he's shirtless) and at least three "almost kisses." Other couples are shown holding hands, hugging, and kissing. No shortage of shirtless, buff guys, courtesy of the La Push Wolf Pack.

  • language false1

    Language: Just like the books, the worst is a few exclamations of "what the hell," "dammit," and "oh my God," plus derogatory barbs like "weird," "wet dog," "bloodsucker," etc.

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    Consumerism: Volvo once again supplies Edward's car of choice (this time it's an XC60); other featured car brands include Porsche and Mercedes. Bella's computer is an Apple MacBook, and she and Alice fly Virgin America to Italy (which is amusing, since that division of Virgin doesn't fly to Europe). The movie also has huge merchandising tie-ins with Volvo, Burger King, and Hot Topic.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable

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