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

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    In a film that has the courage of its absurdity but not much else, Mr. Pattinson gets the best of what passes for style.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Despite questionable casting, wooden acting, laughable dialogue and truly awful makeup, nothing is likely to stop young girls from swarming to this kitschy adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's popular novel.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    An underwhelming vampire romance long on camp but short on emotional insight

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    On screen, Twilight is repetitive and a tad sodden, too prosaic to really soar. But Hardwicke stirs this teen pulp to a pleasing simmer.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

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

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this adaptation of author Stephenie Meyer's youth culture phenomenon Twilight was one of the most anticipated movies of 2008. Millions of kids 10 to 18 have read the books, and many more are familiar with them. Like the novel, the film features an intense romantic relationship between a gorgeous vampire and a human girl. There are a few kisses and several stares, hand touches, and embraces. One make-out session takes place on a bed with the girl in her underwear, but it's abruptly stopped. The movie's violence is mostly implied, but there's one particularly disturbing scene involving vampires, blood, a bitten human with a broken limb, and the destruction of an evil vampire. Language and drinking aren't issues; product placement is mostly limited to cars -- Volvo, Hummer, Mercedes, etc.

  • Families can talk about the various themes that have made the books such a huge success: first (and forbidden) love, restraint in getting intimate, everlasting and unconditional romance, and heart-thumping adventure.
  • Do you think Bella is a good role model for teen girls? Why or why not? Do you think she and Edward have a healthy relationship?
  • If you've read the book, did the film meet your expectations? What changes were good for the film? What scenes did you miss from the novel?
  • Why do you think the books and the movie have inspired such fanatical devotion? For more talking points, check out our article.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Bella and Edward's relationship sends a somewhat mixed message to teens -- it's chaste and loving, but it could also be perceived as obsessive. The Cullens are a very loyal family, and they strive to rise above their baser vampire instincts.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Bella is mature and smart, but she can also be dependent and fragile. Edward is respectful and gallant, though often somewhat angsty. Contemporary Native Americans are featured respectfully.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A lot of the violence is implied: There are fast shots of vampires right before they kill their prey (both human and animal). A group of guys follows Bella down a dark alley and starts harassing her; Edward threatens them. A predatory vampire tries to kill Bella. There's a bloody, vicious fight between an evil vampire and the Cullens. Bella is seriously hurt and ends up in the hospital. Charlie, a sheriff, has weapons, including a shotgun.

  • sex false2

    Sex: As in the book, Bella and Edward have an intensely romantic (though overall fairly chaste) relationship. They stare and gaze at each other lovingly and share some passionate embraces and a couple of kisses, including one make-out session that takes place on a bed while Bella's in her underwear. Other couples flirt, hold hands, and swoon at each other.

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    Language: Incredibly mild for a PG-13 film, just like the book: "repulsive," "vile," "dammit."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Brands featured include Volvo, Hummer, Mercedes, Mac, BMW, Lays potato chips, Body Glove, and Southwest. Most appearances are subtle, though Edward's Volvo has some big moments.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: No drinking or smoking by underage characters. Bella's dad and his friend stock up with cans of beer for an afternoon together but aren't actually shown drinking them. Bella gives her dad an unopened can of beer in one scene.