(I) (2008)

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Based on 37 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
On screen, Twilight is repetitive and a tad sodden, too prosaic to really soar. But Hardwicke stirs this teen pulp to a pleasing simmer.
75
Twilight has a few gory plot turns - mostly offscreen - and one near-sex scene that may offend a few Amish people, but the rest is maybe 33 percent less wholesome than "High School Musical." It's almost certainly less risque than what you were watching when you were 14. (Cue the soundtrack to "Risky Business.")
75
Actually, the movie's a better movie than the book was a book, in part because Meyer struggled to put her characters' galloping emotions into print whereas director Catherine Hardwicke just visualizes them in all their inarticulate purpleness.
75
Twilight - directed with savvy humor by Catherine Hardwicke - turns vampirism into a metaphor for teen lust.
75
In terms of bringing the book to life, Twilight is a complete success, so much so that most of the film's flaws work within the context of the story.
75
Pattison grows on us as he grows on Bella: His weird mannerisms and nervous delivery stop seeming like quirks and acquire an intensity that's hard to resist by the end.
70
Hardwicke has connected so intensely to the Meyer novel that it's hard to imagine anyone else making a better version.
63
Bummer. The vampires have no fangs. The humans are humdrum. The special effects and makeup define cheeseball. And the movie crowds in so many characters from Stephenie Meyer's book that Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen) is less a director than a traffic cop. But there's a reason that Twilight has already become the movie equivalent of a bestseller: The love story has teeth.
60
It's disappointing when a big-screen romance can't match up to the one in your imagination, at any age.
60
The Hollywood Reporter
An underwhelming vampire romance long on camp but short on emotional insight
50
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.
40
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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