The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 has been met with negative early reviews.
The penultimate film of Stephanie Meyer's supernatural book series was screened for critics ahead of its release on November 18 but did not get the reviews the film's makers were hoping for. Variety reviewer Justin Chang said that he found it "disappointing... that a story so pregnant with dramatic possibilities should wind up feeling like such an unconsummated opportunity," adding that "the film is rich in surface pleasures but lacks any palpable sense of darkness or danger."
Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter said that Breaking Dawn "feels as bloated and anaemic as Bella becomes during her pregnancy" and claimed the love story between Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) has become "very lame and very disappointing".
However, one saving grace was the praise that he had for the lead actors' performances, noting that all "have their constituencies and reasons for being eminently watchable".
Screen Daily's Brent Simon, however, was less impressed with the trio, describing them as "largely soapy and melodramatic, especially from Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black) and to a lesser degree Pattinson." Simon also accuses director Bill Condon of "forgo[ing] much in the way of subtlety or tension, opting instead for programmatic obviousness."