The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
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The third film in the Twilight series explores a love triangle between Bella (Kristen Stewart), Edward (Robert Pattinson), and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) as the werewolf pack and the Cullen clan join together to fight a new breed of vampires. Melissa Rosenberg provides the screenplay for the Summit Entertainment adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's best-selling novel, with director David Slade calling the shots behind the camera. Bryce Dallas Howard joins the cast as Victoria, the role originally played by Rachelle Lefevre in the first film. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

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"The biggest problem remains the characters: neither Slade nor Stewart are capable of turning manipulative whinger Bella into anything more than a joyless black hole sucking the life from every scene."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"As always, the biggest screams emanating from the audience come when Lautner bares his chest."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"This third "Twilight" film eclipses its predecessors but its anti-climactic story and its melodramatic tendencies still hold it back.""
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"Like Bella, non-fans have a choice, and making a choice to stay away may save one some bewilderment."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Meyer's teen bore-triangle has a mimetic quality, assuming the same degree of naval gazing self-interest as the target demographic."
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
"I can't pretend that the third episode instilled a fever in my blood, but it didn't leave me cold. For the first time in the series I felt I'd seen a real movie."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"The choice of whether to see Eclipse isn't really a question of whether the movie is good or bad. It's a question of whether or not the movie speaks to your secret, unregulated, inherently ridiculous experience of identification and desire."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"Edward is cold and controlling: the archetype of an abusive partner and Jacob just acts like a rapist in training, he keeps trying to kiss Bella against her will."
‑ Adam Ross, The Aristocrat
"This may be Slade's film but it's Summit's franchise, so any individuality he might wish to imbue in Eclipse comes a distant second to the needs of the series at large."
‑ Charlie Lyne, Ultra Culture
"Eclipse's adolescent roots continue to shine through but for once they're made to work in the film's favor rather than against it. It's competent and only rarely silly and considering the hole the series has been in that's quite a feat."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"In a rare moment of insight, the teenage but immortal vampires in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse complain about being "frozen" in their lives, unable to "move forward." So is everyone involved in this deathtrap of a franchise."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Director David Slade keeps the action brisk and the time-killing attractive ... All of which should be like a freshly opened vein for fans."
‑ Bob Mondello, NPR
"[For] "Eclipse," it was easy to go through the list of old complaints and check them off one by one as the film progressed, including a story that leads absolutely nowhere."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"It is not exactly praise to call 'Eclipse' the best film in 'The Twilight Saga' to date."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"Perhaps the most watchable entry in the Twilight series so far, it's still saddled with the most cipher-like heroine of all time."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
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