Twilight as Reviewed by Others


**Since Twilight is less than 20 years old there is a spoiler alert.  I can’t tell the reviews without spoilers so this is your last chance to turn back.**

These reviews are from sources that are not me and are compiled on these websites from their users.  Twilight is based off the book Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.  IMDb has Twilight at a 5.2/10 with 359,991 people giving their feedback on it.  Rotten Tomatoes has Twilight at a 5.4/10 equaling a 48% with 207 actual critics reviewing it 100 calling it fresh (good) and 107 calling it rotten (bad).  The user grade (as in normal folks on the internet) gave it a 3.9/5 equalling a 72% with 626,123 reviewing it.  Roger Ebert gave it 2.5/3 stars.  I absolutely adore how Roger Ebert described Twilight.  “It’s about a teenage boy trying to practice abstinence, and how, in the heat of the moment, it’s really, really hard. And about a girl who wants to go all the way with him, and doesn’t care what might happen. He’s so beautiful she would do anything for him. She is the embodiment of the sentiment, “I’d die for you.” She is, like many adolescents, a thanatophile [A person fascinated with death and death-related subjects, often sexually].”

That is literally all this movie is.  And it is also why it sold so well to their intended demographic, which was adolescent females.

One critic on Rotten Tomatoes calls it an, “unfun pseudo-romantic riff on Romeo and Juliet.”  Since it was close to half and half, as usual they disagree.  However from my brief skimming of the reviews the critics that liked it seemed to base it off of how the intended audience (tweens and teen) would like it.  One that liked it talks about how the girls in the theatre were giggling, sighing, and exhaling “with a passion that was not only endearing, but a measure of its emotional truth.”  Many of the people on IMDb who gave it bad reviews wanted to leave the theatre or said it was just so incredibly bad that they stopped the movie.  This is a quote form a normal person, “Don’t believe the bad reviews. They are jealous of the main characters who found true love on screen.” I haven’t seen a review try to use jealousy as an argument for why something is good.  But you see something new everyday.  Many of them also mention the book.  Maybe the people that gave it bad reviews, including myself, would appreciate the movie more if we had read the books before seeing the movie.  My mom was really into it back in the day and she would watch the special features, like how did they film this bit.  And when they show the people walking fast they were actually walking on a sheet of plexi glass that was being pulled along by a truck or something.  Unfortunately I can’t find a video to better illustrate it.

Link that I used

Rotten Tomatoes

Roger Ebert



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