Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Doesn't Shine

Plus, Happy Feet Two looks nice but lacks a solid script.

by | November 17, 2011 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a vampire wedding (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson), and dancing penguins (Happy Feet Two, with voice work by Elijah Wood and Robin Williams). What do the critics have to say?

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1


As the Twilight Saga comes into the home stretch, it looks to go out with a whimper rather than a bang, say critics, who find Breaking Dawn Part 1 to be full of limp pacing and unintentional laughs. In Breaking Dawn Part 1, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) have gotten hitched, and soon Bella is preggers with a lil’ bloodsucker, a development that fills old flame Jacob (Taylor Lautner) with apprehension. The pundits say Breaking Dawn Part 1 is even more melodramatic than previous installments, with cringe-worthy dialogue and a weird puritanical streak that robs the movie of any sense of swoony fun.

Happy Feet Two


Those jovial aquatic birds are back with Happy Feet Two, though critics say the sequel lacks the easy charm of Happy Feet; instead, it’s nicely animated but also thinly plotted and way too busy. This time out, Mumbles (Elijah Wood) and his two-left-footed son must rescue a group of emperor penguins trapped in an ice floe. The pundits say Happy Feet Two looks terrific, but it’s hampered by a lackluster script and an overabundance of supporting characters. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down co-star Robin Williams’ best-reviewed movies.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

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