75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
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.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Twilight - directed with savvy humor by Catherine Hardwicke - turns vampirism into a metaphor for teen lust.
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75

TV Guide

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.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
On screen, Twilight is repetitive and a tad sodden, too prosaic to really soar. But Hardwicke stirs this teen pulp to a pleasing simmer.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
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.")
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
An underwhelming vampire romance long on camp but short on emotional insight
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
It's disappointing when a big-screen romance can't match up to the one in your imagination, at any age.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
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.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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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56 out of 100
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