Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Eclipse Is Brighter Than New Moon

Plus, The Last Airbender is one of the year's worst-reviewed films.

by | July 2, 2010 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got brooding bloodsuckers (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson) and elemental excitement (The Last Airbender, starring Noah Ringer and Dev Patel). What do the critics have to say?



[tomatometer]MuzeID=1210749[/tomatometer]

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Hey, Twihards — you’re probably going to see Eclipse anyway, so feel free to ignore the reviews. However, for the uninitiated who find themselves dragged to the theater, the critics say Eclipse is a big step up from New Moon — even if it still suffers from slack pacing and portentous dialogue. Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner are all back as the principals in every tween’s favorite supernatural love triangle; this time, all three are threatened by an army of newborn vampires assembled for the purpose of killing Bella to indirectly enact revenge upon the Cullens. The pundits say new director David Slade does well with the material, underscoring the emotional developments with some reasonably stirring action. However, they also note Eclipse is still too often a slog, with so-so acting, middling special effects, and lots of dead passages. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we run down Stewart’s best-reviewed films, as well as our Twilight character guide.)



[tomatometer]MuzeID=1213190[/tomatometer]

The Last Airbender

Goodness, what happened to M. Night Shyamalan? In the decade since The Sixth Sense, his reputation as a wunderkind has taken a steep dive, one that won’t be revived with The Last Airbender, which critics are calling an incomprehensible, ugly mess. Based upon the popular Nickelodeon cartoon, Airbender tells the story of Aang (Noah Ringer), who utilizes his rare element-manipulation skills to bring peace to a war-torn fantasy world. The pundits say Airbender‘s baffling exposition and retrofitted 3-D effects make for a viewing experience that’s hopelessly muddled in both plot and visuals.


Also opening this week in limited release:

Tag Cloud

dragons laika GLAAD docuseries Baby Yoda wonder woman Television Critics Association Turner Classic Movies TV renewals concert foreign binge psychological thriller international Legendary FOX Vudu joker rotten movies we love Pride Month universal monsters know your critic deadpool YouTube sports 2018 elevated horror Martial Arts CBS All Access Writers Guild of America Set visit The Purge video halloween HBO Women's History Month trophy Stephen King Lifetime YouTube Red technology war popular Logo travel Biopics Polls and Games DirecTV dreamworks Prime Video cinemax Mary Tyler Moore game show Musical Classic Film cars TCA Awards Musicals Netflix Christmas movies spider-man American Society of Cinematographers The Arrangement sitcom Marvel Television gangster Marvel Studios anime golden globes true crime AMC aliens Apple TV Plus stand-up comedy Mary Poppins Returns San Diego Comic-Con Adult Swim toy story The Academy Lifetime Christmas movies TV movies Video Games superhero BAFTA Pop TV Comic-Con@Home 2021 debate lord of the rings spain WarnerMedia Election CMT spy thriller free movies stop motion FXX tv talk social media worst Television Academy zombies Amazon Prime Elton John Best and Worst Peacock blaxploitation FX on Hulu justice league Paramount Plus video on demand rt labs critics edition Binge Guide talk show VH1 singing competition Countdown Tags: Comedy independent scary movies Alien romance films cults Spike OWN new star wars movies 45 hollywood Awards Tour rt labs Esquire TV Land Photos twilight comic book movie PBS VICE heist movie Freeform Comedy Central dc facebook christmas movies golden globe awards Drama Sci-Fi Discovery Channel sag awards IFC USA Brie Larson rotten die hard 72 Emmy Awards pirates of the caribbean Crunchyroll 2021 sequels YouTube Premium APB Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt versus canceled TV shows Hallmark Christmas movies Fantasy slashers archives adenture Amazon Studios Nickelodeon The Walt Disney Company harry potter CW Seed History scary robots thriller a nightmare on elm street Winter TV RT21 Black History Month TV Song of Ice and Fire IMDb TV crime thriller 99% miniseries spanish Exclusive Video ghosts reboot 79th Golden Globes Awards IFC Films biopic Columbia Pictures The Walking Dead casting Fargo japanese superman Fox Searchlight dceu based on movie king kong CBS target sopranos crossover dark Premiere Dates biography The Witch Netflix disaster FX Family rt archives stoner space mcc NYCC First Reviews Action Star Trek DC Universe telelvision A24 See It Skip It satire Lucasfilm DC Comics toronto Calendar 2016 Hallmark TNT Superheroes fast and furious comics ratings latino vampires Horror El Rey witnail nature BET period drama women 71st Emmy Awards godzilla documentaries A&E Turner unscripted Pop south america Quiz Toys Tarantino Trivia Disney streaming service Kids & Family nbcuniversal movies scene in color 2020 Fall TV Western Broadway Neflix SXSW emmy awards 24 frames NBC MCU news Tomatazos Comics on TV Watching Series Year in Review BBC America Apple Tubi 21st Century Fox natural history Infographic Dark Horse Comics Marvel NBA Sundance Now ITV 73rd Emmy Awards Fox News TV One Star Wars sequel BBC One Paramount marvel comics Oscars jamie lee curtis mockumentary boxoffice Travel Channel slasher Ellie Kemper high school Comic Book Hear Us Out screen actors guild Marathons Acorn TV Box Office Black Mirror Universal Pictures medical drama 007 renewed TV shows Nat Geo ABC posters HBO Go Emmys New York Comic Con japan transformers mission: impossible YA Amazon Prime Video ABC Signature Mudbound italian docudrama blockbuster Sundance historical drama Emmy Nominations genre spanish language football australia doctor who Pet Sematary scorecard Pirates new york Superheroe MTV 93rd Oscars E3 nfl Walt Disney Pictures book adaptation Film diversity franchise LGBTQ ABC Family black animated black comedy TBS indiana jones Syfy Amazon royal family cancelled television documentary young adult RT History marvel cinematic universe Disney Plus Interview MSNBC comic books Starz Valentine's Day Music Ghostbusters Winners razzies comic book movies children's TV police drama Reality Competition Mindy Kaling revenge Mary poppins LGBT Endgame 1990s obituary zombie asian-american 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards movie Awards comedies Nominations discovery series Trailer festival dramedy dexter Thanksgiving Hulu Film Festival BBC Reality PaleyFest kong cops Spectrum Originals aapi worst movies Certified Fresh 90s TIFF criterion Cannes Creative Arts Emmys basketball political drama classics dogs 2019 Food Network vs. Showtime The CW ESPN BET Awards Rom-Com blockbusters hist PlayStation GIFs cancelled new zealand Masterpiece Country Trophy Talk Captain marvel Disney+ Disney Plus Chernobyl Podcast Mystery live event cancelled TV series remakes finale Rocky hispanic heritage month composers green book strong female leads james bond teaser Arrowverse werewolf TCM First Look live action chucky Heroines Cartoon Network Opinion batman science fiction king arthur what to watch Bravo legend Tokyo Olympics art house streaming movies 4/20 Summer critics indie award winner cooking Apple TV+ boxing saw action-comedy Sony Pictures fresh comic supernatural streaming all-time spinoff Sneak Peek Animation Ovation Rock Disney Sundance TV DC streaming service adaptation theme song trailers Academy Awards HBO Max Britbox leaderboard USA Network directors kids OneApp romantic comedy Comedy crime drama parents feel good President X-Men SundanceTV spider-verse E! Grammys reviews zero dark thirty television TLC Avengers Extras richard e. Grant adventure Wes Anderson jurassic park SDCC psycho Epix breaking bad Pixar name the review kaiju quibi hispanic critic resources 20th Century Fox 2017 Shudder mutant Teen prank Schedule 2015 serial killer Universal Red Carpet Holiday TCA Winter 2020 book National Geographic Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Super Bowl suspense Anna Paquin TCA screenings Shondaland anthology Holidays cartoon child's play Cosplay Funimation best Warner Bros. Disney Channel Tumblr ViacomCBS Crackle halloween tv Instagram Live VOD olympics canceled game of thrones monster movies TCA 2017 crime rom-coms hidden camera GoT Spring TV cats AMC Plus Paramount Network Rocketman Hollywood Foreign Press Association french Lionsgate Character Guide mob venice HFPA CNN Pacific Islander politics comiccon ID TruTV DGA Christmas Image Comics WGN festivals cancelled TV shows