‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ Review [5.6/10]
Review by SFGate
Vampire romantic fantasy. Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. Directed by Bill Condon. (PG-13. 115 minutes.)
You can only kill a vampire by pulling off his head and setting his body on fire, something that happens with comic frequency in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.” It’s a movie so dull you might start yanking on your own head after about an hour. By now, “Twilight” is a closed club, which means that a “Twilight” movie doesn’t have to operate according to the rules of drama. The rules of a vacation video will suffice: A little wave, a little preening, a nod to the location and an affirmation of the principal relationships are all that’s required. Like “Breaking Bad – Part 1,” this second installment was directed by Bill Condon, who has made some good movies (“Kinsey,” “Gods and Monsters”) and has earned the right to put away a little something for his retirement.
Review by USA Today
There may never have been a movie whose quality mattered less than this final chapter of The Twilight Saga. Like hungry vampires, rabid fans of the massively popular fantasy romance stories seem to love pretty much anything put before them labeled Twilight — as long as there’s the slightest scent of lifeblood in it. Given that voracious appetite — and the low cinematic bar — the fifth and final installment, Breaking Dawn — Part 2 (** out of four; rated PG-13; opening Friday nationwide), should keep the customers satisfied.
A Twihard must-have list is duly checked off here:
1. Must have dreamily passionate — but not overtly sexual — scenes of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) early on to get the crowd swooning.
2. Hunky werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) must strip off his shirt at least once and show off his well-toned pecs and abs.
Review by Newsday
After four soggy, self-serious films in as many years, “The Twilight Saga” is coming to an end — and just when it was getting good!
Finally, “Breaking Dawn — Part 2″ pumps real life into this series, if only in its final third. That means an initial hour or so of soap-opera story line, which begins abruptly where “Part 1″ left off, with newly minted vampire Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and her undead husband, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), fretting over their child, Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy). Not only has the tot magically bonded with well-toned werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner), she’s being hunted by the Volturi, led by the sinister Aro (a deliciously hammy Michael Sheen). “Part 2″ is also the first time that Bella, a hitherto sulky and useless character, actually does something. She hunts, she fights and, in bed, she gives as good as she gets. (“You really were holding back before,” she tells Edward.) Stewart wears her blood-red vampire eyes well, and her newly mature beauty is striking.