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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Review Critics


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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    There may never have been a movie whose quality mattered less than this final chapter of The Twilight Saga.

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  • 63

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I suspect its audience, which takes these films very seriously indeed, will drink deeply of its blood. The sensational closing sequence cannot be accused of leaving a single loophole, not even some those we didn't know were there.

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  • 75

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Breaking Dawn - Part 2 starts off slow but gathers momentum, and that's because, with Bella and Edward united against the Volturi, the picture has a real threat.

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  • 80

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    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    The final installment of the immortal Bella/Edward romance will give its breathlessly awaiting international audience just what it wants.

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OK for kids 14+

Final Twilight focuses on Edward and Bella's legacy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the final installment in the Twilight saga is a must-see movie for any fans (teen or otherwise) who've followed the series' page-to-screen adaptations -- as well as stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's public relationship. The movie is fairly faithful to the second half of the Breaking Dawn book, except that it amplifies the violent nature of the book's climactic battle between the Cullens and the Volturi. Several characters are tortured, violently beheaded, burned, ripped apart by werewolves, etc., and there are some shocking deaths (though, overall, not much gore). There's one long, sensuous love scene (with close-ups of bare skin and faces and a glimpse of the side of Bella's breast, but nothing more graphic than that), as well as several passionate kisses between various couples. Language is minimal, as in all of the movies in the series.

  • Families can talk about the Twilight series' impact on pop culture. Do you think the messages of the books and movies are positive? How has the off-screen relationship between Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart affected your thoughts about the movies?
  • How does Bella's transformation into a vampire change her? Is she more likable as a vampire? How do her abilities as a vampire affect those around her?
  • Is Bella and Edward's romance a positive example for teenagers? What's your take on the mature issues of marriage and parenthood addressed in the movie? Parents, take this opportunity to talk to your children about your own family's values when it comes to these topics.
  • There's one part of the movie that diverges from the book; did the twists upset you, or do you understand why they made the changes?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The final installment in the Twilight series is about fulfilling your personal destiny, as Bella realizes that she was "born" to become a vampire. The importance of family and friendship is pivotal, as Bella decides to keep her father in her life, and the Cullens summon their vampire friends from around the globe to stand with them against the wrath of the Volturi. 

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    Role models: Bella finally comes into her own and no longer relies on the Cullens to defend her. Her special defensive skills allow her to shield herself and those she loves from other vampires' offensive tactics. The Cullens are once again exceptionally generous and kind. Charlie Swan is a patient, understanding father who's willing to accept Bella as she is, even though he knows something is really odd about her. Parenthood changes Bella and Edward, who finally have someone other than each other to focus on and protect. Jacob is loyal to a fault.

What to watch for
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    Violence: (Note: Potential spoilers ahead.). For most of the movie, the threat of violence looms, so the vampires practice their combat/defense abilities before facing the Volturi. In a flashback, a bloody-faced "immortal child" and his maker, a vampire "mother," are killed and burned. During the climactic battle scene, various characters (major and minor) are injured, beheaded, burned, and otherwise hurt -- and even killed (some of the deaths are likely to be shocking). One vampire can telepathically torture people, another immobilizes their senses, and other vampires show off their abilities in battle.

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    Sex: Now that they're married, Edward and Bella have sex in a rather prolonged, sensuous sequence that tends to focus on close-ups of their faces and flashes of skin -- but no graphic nudity. In the final shot of the love scene, there's a glimpse of them standing in profile, and viewers can see their bare backs and the side of Bella's breast. Various passionate kisses both between Edward and Bella and other couples in the movie.

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    Language: Language includes "ass," "damn," "hell," "bloodsucker," "crap," "idiot," "stupid," etc.

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    Consumerism: Bella drives a Volvo, but otherwise there are fewer obvious product placements than in some of the other Twilight movies. Off-camera, there's loads of Twilight-branded merchandise, including apparel, posters, games, calendars, jewelry, toys, and accessories.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue