Fans of Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" book series have been waiting impatiently to see her second novel, "New Moon," brought to the big screen. Now Bella Swan's patient friend Jacob gets his chance to see if he can oust Edward Cullen from her affections, and judging from the shirt selection at Hot Topic, he has more than a few fans in his pack.
We're inviting you to send in your own reviews of the film, but here are some snippets from what professional critics are saying.
‘Charisma by Madame Tussaud’
“The characters in this movie should be arrested for loitering with intent to moan. Never have teenagers been in greater need of a jump-start. Granted some of them are more than 100 years old, but still: their charisma is by Madame Tussaud.” —Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
‘As sluggish a teen movie as you can find’
“There’s mopey and then there’s torpid, and “New Moon” is about as sluggish a teen movie you can find. (Kristen) Stewart’s performance remains a fully committed pleasure, but (director Chris) Weitz seems to have taken the vampire thing a little too seriously—his bland brand of Hollywood polish sucks the life out of the movie.” —Geoff Berkshire, Metromix
Flying for the very first time
“Weitz knows that it's the tension between romance and repression that makes this series tick, and he has fun with it. When Bella races to Italy to rescue her beloved Edward, she flies Virgin America. Good one.” —Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Pass the Glitter Glue
“Director Chris Weitz ("The Golden Compass") doesn't help Stewart bring anything fresh to her performance, leaving "New Moon" with a serious charisma deficit. Nor can he solve an unfortunate technical problem from the first movie: the ruby-lipped Edward (Robert Pattinson), who's supposed to sparkle angelically in the light, looks like he's been doused with Glitter Glue.” —Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times
Need any stamps?
“Bad dialogue, like bad news, doesn’t get better with age. This movie moves like the line at the post office.” —Kyle Smith, New York Post
“At least Weitz nails the setup for the third chapter: The last scene kills and leaves you primed for the next movie, which is really what ‘New Moon’ is all about.” —Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
“(Taylor) Lautner's open-hearted vibe brings a warmth to Stewart's performance that she's lacking with Pattinson, which seems strange considering the constant rumors that she and Pattinson are a real-life couple, in tabloids weekly. (Lautner, on the other hand, is dating Taylor Swift, so, um, he wins.)” —Joe Gross, Austin American-Statesman