Chris Schulz

Chris Schulz is an entertainment feature writer for the New Zealand Herald.

Film Bites: Breaking Dawn 'worst one yet' say reviewers

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart take their relationship to the next level in Breaking Dawn. Photo / Supplied
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart take their relationship to the next level in Breaking Dawn. Photo / Supplied

There's only one new movie hitting cinemas this weekend - but reviewers say you probably shouldn't see it.

That film is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, the fourth and second-to-last film in the hugely popular series based on Stephanie Meyer's best-selling novels.

The Twilight movies are made to keep their mostly tweenage fan base coming back for more, and none of the films have been critically acclaimed.

Even so, Breaking Dawn Part 1 has been scoring some pretty average reviews.

On review aggregate sites, the film rates just 46 per cent on Metacritic and a miserly 28 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes.

One Australian radio reviewer said: "This weekend, millions of people around the globe will be conned into handing over their hard earned cash to see a film with no plot, no action and no climax."

And while there have been few print reviews so far, the Washington Post's Mark Jenkins says it has "regressed ... delivering more filler, less feeling and crummier CGI than last year's Eclipse".

New York Daily News reviewer Elizabeth Weitzman said: "To outsiders, in fact, Breaking Dawn: Part I will probably look like the weirdest, most expensive chastity commercial ever created."

Stephen Whitty from the Newark Star-Ledger said the film did deliver some good news.

"Now that all of the tedious exposition has been gotten, glacially, out of the way, Part II will probably be terrific."

Contra Costa Times reviewer Randy Myers summed it best when he said: "t gives fans exactly what they want."

But AAP reported that even fans who had seen the film were split on its merits.

Eighteen-year-old Jessica liked the film, but said "it was a bit mushy" in parts.

"It was kind of corny ... but the end bit was done well, it was intense and stuff," she said.

Jordana, 14, was not impressed however.

"It was horrible. It was like half the movie was just really dramatic music and really dramatic shots, and it led to nothing," she said.

Breaking Dawn Part 2 will be released on November 16, 2012.

Check out the trailer for Breaking Dawn Part 1:

- Herald online

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