The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 First Reviews
See what the critics have got to say about the long-awaited vampire finale...
Find out what the critics are saying before you head out to catch up with R-Pattz, K-Stew and company when the film goes on general release this Friday...
"A doozy of a finale to a series that, until now, has largely taken its dramatic cues from its maddeningly inert heroine. Not anymore: With Bella reborn as a bloodthirsty, butt-kicking vampire mama, this second of two Bill Condon-directed instalments clears a low bar to stand easily as the franchise's most eventful and exciting entry."
"I can't deny that I didn't care very much for the four other movies. For the most part they were poorly made and badly acted… But somehow the final film has stuff to say about love, friendship and loyalty that works."
"Fans will be left on a high; other viewers will be confused but generally entertained by a saga whose romance is matched only by its weirdness."
"Breaking Dawn Part 2 is three fingers of supernatural teen romance served neat in a dirty glass with a sparkler and cocktail umbrella, and not a single concession is made to newcomers, or sanity."
"In terms of providing plenty of bang for one's buck, Breaking Dawn Part 2 definitely ends the franchise on a high note. And without wanting to give too much away, the unexpected twist at the end of the film (hear the fans gasp in surprise) works extremely well for a cinematic audience."
"The Twilight Saga signs off with a tentative whimper which turns into a conditional bang, which turns out to be a different, provisional kind of whimper."
The Hollywood Reporter
"The final instalment of the immortal Bella/Edward romance will give its breathlessly awaiting international audience just what it wants. "
"The end to Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen's (Robert Pattinson) saga is far superior to the penultimate film, which should have been titled Breaking Yawn. There's some proper action here for any lads willing to sit through it with their girlfriends – including some touching decapitation scenes."
"The series has always been at its best when exploring the aching sadness of adolescent love but now that Bella’s got her man, Twilight’s beating, undead heart has stopped pumping with the spectacle of the final conflict proving an inadequate substitute."