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First Twilight Reviews Not That Seductive

Published November 20, 2008 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Summit Entertainment
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While I'm sure negative reviews won't slow those screaming masses of high school girls around the states, there seems to be more of those than positive ones for Twilight.

Twilight Reviews


Finally! Only a day before the release of Twilight, critics have been allowed to release their views. Considering that critics had to hold on to their reviews to this time, did you really expect gushing reviews? Didn't think so. While the reviews for Twilight are not exactly horrid, they do suggest that the film is a lukewarm adaptation. Guess I'll just have to stick to HBO's True Blood.

Variety
Vampires and the poor human beings who love them have been a hot onscreen item this season, as evidenced by HBO’s lurid hit series “True Blood” and the marvelous Swedish import “Let the Right One In.” For less discriminating palettes, there’s the much-anticipated “Twilight,” a disappointingly anemic tale of forbidden love that should satiate the pre-converted but will bewilder and underwhelm viewers who haven’t devoured Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling juvie chick-lit franchise. Built-in femme fanbase will lend this Summit Entertainment release some serious B.O. bite, with Robert Pattinson’s turn as an undead heartthrob keeping repeat biz at a steady pump.



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"Low-key" is not the adjective you'd expect to describe a highly anticipated vampire movie, but there it is.

"Twilight" is a film of intelligent strengths and easily avoidable weaknesses, a modest film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's publishing phenomenon. It is faithful to its source material, which will likely please the fan base. It's also better written than Meyer's book, which tends toward froth and fulmination. (Sample line: "I was in danger of being distracted by his livid, glorious face.") Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg delineates the cliques and claques of the Forks, Wash., high school students, human and otherwise, with an eye toward actual teen dynamics. And she tones up her heroine, who was a passive Victorian simp—pure fainting-couch material—on the page.


I've read a few other reviews and they read the same way (sadly). Well, this is Summit's first attempt at the franchise, and I'm sure they'll be ready with something better for the sequel. Check out the entire reviews for Twilight by clicking the bold links above.

Twilight opens to theaters on November 21st.

For the trailers, posters, stills and more movie info, go to the Twilight Movie Page.

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