By Dave Rosenthal
1:46 PM EST, November 15, 2012
Breaking Dawn Part 2, the final Twilight movie -- and the climax of Stephenie Meyer's best-selling series -- is sure to delight loyal fans. But critics aren't so kind, giving the movie reviews of the single-star variety for weak acting, poor special effects and a thin plot. (I also find it annoying and crass that the finale was split into two parts to suck more money from viewers. But that may just be me.) Here are excerpts from some reviews:
-- Tribune: Director Bill Condon, who handled "Breaking Dawn — Part 1" with a modicum of sly camp, returns here, arranging everyone in the group scenes like eerie poseurs in a particularly smug fashion shoot. He has made stylish, interesting films. His "Twilight" films are not two of them, though Condon does muster some head-snapping panache for the film's climax, in which an informal world council of vampires shows up to do battle with the Volturi.
-- Washington Post: Alas, all good things must come to an end. And some bad ones, too. For those with no vested interest in this protracted and supernatural soap opera, but who do care about cinema, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2” will be, unsurprisingly, a silly and somewhat cheesily made waste of time.
-- Los Angeles Times: To give "BD2" its due, it is the best of the bunch and will be much loved by Twihards, which should by no means be mistaken for praise. ... The dialogue remains spotty and sappy, the effects still haven't caught up to modern-day standards, but "Twilight's" popularity is such that even when it falls short, it doesn't seem to matter.
-- Boston Globe: This fifth and mercifully final installment features so much idle anticipation that it’s unclear whether we’re watching a movie or an Apple product launch.... “Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” which Bill Condon directed and Melissa Rosenberg wrote, scarcely featured a line of dialogue more than 140 characters or a shot that lasts longer than is required to say it. Even if you’re Michael Sheen, this isn’t an actor’s movie. The computer-generated wolves give the best performances.
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