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Twilight a.k.a. “Сумерки,” “Tusmørke,” “Twilight—Biss zum Morgengrauen,” “Twilight—Houkutus”

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence and a scene of sensuality.

Reviewed by: Thaisha Geiger

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Teens, Adults
Action Horror Fantasy Romance Thriller Adaptation
2 hr.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
November 21, 2008
DVD: March 21, 2009
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Featuring: Kristen Stewart
Robert Pattinson
Taylor Lautner
Billy Burke
Cam Gigandet, Anna Kendrick, Kellan Lutz, See all »
Director: Catherine Hardwicke—“The Nativity Story,” “Lords of Dogtown,” “Thirteen,” “Vanilla Sky” (Production Designer)
Producer: Imprint Entertainment, Maverick Films, See all »
Distributor: Summit Entertainment

based on the best-selling book series by Stephenie Meyer

“When you can live forever, what do you live for?”

Series reviews: Twilight (2008), The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part I (2011), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II (2012)

Don’t hate me when I admit that I am not really a fan of the Twilight book series. I did read the first book because several of my middle-school students were carrying around the book and giggling at the thought of Edward Cullen. Needless to say, I went into the theatre with low hopes of being entertained. Not only is this film highly entertaining and faithful to the book, it is also one of the cleaner teen movies to come out in a long time.

Bella Swan is moving from Phoenix, Arizona to Forks, Washington. Since her mother remarried a minor league baseball player, she moves in with her single father to allow the newlyweds to travel. Once Bella moves to the small town, she is at once the center of attention. However, who really catches her eye is the pale, handsome Edward Cullen.

After saving Bella from a potentially fatal accident, Edward becomes even more intriguing to Bella. Attracted to the scent of her blood, Edward tries to distance himself from the beautiful Bella but to no avail. They soon learn to accept their forbidden attraction and fall in love. Bella also finds out that Edward and his family are immortal vampires. Unlike others of their kind, the Cullen only feed on animals and not humans.

All is jeopardized when a group of evil nomadic vampires begin to kill human victims along the Forks area. Once James, one of evil vampires, catches a scent of Bella, he becomes obsessed in hunting her down and killing her. Edward and his family do their best to hide Bella from the vampire before it’s too late.

The cast is perfectly chosen; Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson carry their scenes well, and their chemistry is convincing. The two-hour film moves at a steady pace, and humor is appropriately placed. Just enough background information is offered to keep people who’ve never read the book from feeling lost. While not too much is provided to help the devoted fans from feeling bored.

Offensive Content

The offensive content in the film is surprisingly and refreshingly mild. I did not hear any curse words, and the Lord’s name was only profaned about two times. If viewers are offended by the thought of seeing vampires in a film, then do not see it. Seeing the folklore on the big screen does not offend me because it is not glorified since Edward often called himself a monster.

The main offense could have easily come from sexual references, but the film kept it very mild. Edward and Bella only kiss twice. They do share a sensual kiss in her bedroom. When their kiss begins to intensify, Edward quickly pulls away. After this, the audience can briefly see that Bella is in a shirt and panties. The second kiss is very clean and brief near the end of the film.

When going prom dress shopping, the girls try on some cleavage-revealing dresses. When Jessica says that the current dress makes her “boobs look good,” some guys immediately holler at her through the shop’s window, making her uncomfortable. This would make for a great discussion to young girls on how we should dress modestly as daughters of God.

When explaining his ability to read minds, Edward tells Bella what some people are thinking about in the restaurant. The main topics were “greed” and “sex.” However, I did not find this offensive, but true. The sinful nature of the world often has the topics of sex and greed in the forefront.

The violence is the film is fairly moderate. While the Cullens are good vampires, the nomadic vampires do hunt humans. These murders or any blood are never shown on screen, except a brief chase scene. When Bella gets tricked into going into her old ballet studio, James does break her leg and throws her around a couple of times. All this causes Bella to scream in agony. While she is losing consciousness, you can see the Cullens, quickly twisting James’ head off. There is no blood, and the image is blurred out.

After viewing the movie, parents should speak about the positives and negatives of Edward and Bella’s relationship in comparison to God-approved dating with their kids. Edward is very sweet to Bella, and their physical relationship does not pass a few kisses. Impressively, Edward even stops their kiss when he feels that he is “losing control.”

Bella and Edward are obviously tempted with each other. However, they spend a lot of time alone, from Bella’s bedroom to being in the middle of the forest. Explain how being absolutely alone leaves too many tempting doors wide open. Most importantly, any Christians who date should study God’s word and pray together. This will strengthen the relationship and help build spiritual armor against any temptation. In Ephesians 6:10-11, it reads: “Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”

For this film, the PG-13 rating is perfectly fitting. I do not believe children under this age should be allowed to see the movie. Ultimately, only parents know whether or not their tweens are mature enough to watch this film. A sequel has officially been launched for a 2010 release. I hope that the moviemakers keep it as clean as this one.

Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Minor / Sex/Nudity: Mild

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Positive—I have to admit that I read the Twilight saga after this to note the differences. The movie has a lot more humor than the book (and almost becomes a parody on other vamp movies). I heard one suggestive comment from Bella's mother that was unneeded, and the first kiss scene was slightly dramatized (and in a very different setting than the book), but nothing happened (and nothing ever pops up in the books as Edward Cullen, born in the strict 1920's, has actual standards compared to his modern classmates).

The two lovebirds in “Twilight” aren't perfect. They make pretty stupid mistakes, and, unlike a Jane Austen couple, they don't always piece everything together at the last minute. Edward meets Bella's father before anything else, and in turn introduces his own family. The two respect each other's families as much as they respect each other. How often have you seen that in teenagers today?

Bella hurts her father badly when she repeats a comment said at her mother's departure years ago. And what does she do? After nearly dying, she apologizes, on the encouragement of Edward. The entire story of “Twilight” is based upon one single lesson: If you resist temptation in your relationship and learn from your mistakes, you'll end up with true love until the day you die. Not what I expected in a vampire movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 3
Cynthia K., age 42
Positive—I am presented with YET another hard tasking. “Twilight” is a break from the norm. Thank the Lord. First of all, I've not read the series. Second of all, I like most vampire lore (save the herniating “30 Days of Night”), “Smallville,” and last year's fantasy/romance silver screen presentation “The Invisible.” If you're the same, you'll eat this stuff up.

Music. For the most part, this movie is lacking any memorable melodies. Perhaps a little touch of Eddie Vedder woulda helped… again?

Fx. For the most part, chunky. Downright Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles quality, though slightly better.

Characters. Two central ones. Kristen Stewart and Cedric. I don't remember his real name, nor do I care to look it up. He's Cedric from Harry Potter, so Cedric he shall be. Anyhow, Kristen, I thought at first, overacted. It's certainly possible. Everything about her seemed too forced yet somehow ambivalent and devilishly not entirely there. As the movie waxed on I realized it's just her character Swan's personality. New girl in a dinky northwest town living with her estranged father, and she suddenly falls for her exact otherworldly counterpart. The same can be said of Cedric. He's uncannily weird, but the glove fits. He's a tad socially inept but deeply chivalrous to a fault, though it defies every compulsive fiber of his being.

These two personalities have innate chemistry. Their eccentricities make for an awkward first act, but then again, so many first connections are awkward in real life, so the realism (as opposed to the commonplace Hollywoodized path to courting) is refreshing. The other dynamic is Cedric's and Kristen's relationship is just as taboo on his end as it is hers. This is explored at great lengths throughout.

And while on the note of characters, I must say it's cool to see the jerk jock boy from “Can't Hardly Wait” as the Papa Kent of the vampire clan. Nice work. He functions superbly as the moral, upstanding leader type. The antagonist mma whiz from Never Back Down reprises his role as the slimeball villain; it suits him 'cause it's a part he embraces well.

Wholesomeness. Honestly I don't recall any language. Kids-in-Mind says there are some profanities, so I'll say it's minor. Most of the violence is handled offscreen. I think this is to the director's credit. A romp through the woods with vampires usually entails a lot of bloodshed and sensuality. This movie is toned way the heck down in both departments and is actually kind of sweet in how it portrays an otherwise forbidden romance.

Knock yourself out; live wild. Pay 7 bucks for this flicka show.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 3
Jacob Keenum, age 22
Positive—My two daughters (14 and 16) wanted to see this movie. I had never heard of the books when I previewed it for them, and I doubt I'll ever get around to reading them. However, I can say that “Twilight” is the cleanest teen geared movie I have ever seen. I enjoyed the comparisons of quiet Bella and her shallow classmates, as I liked Edward's distaste on the greed and lust of mankind.

A comment said by Bella's mother was unnecessary, and I take offense in the fact that a parent said something like that. Honestly, the entire movie was decent other than this comment. The kissing scene was a little dramatically passionate, but it stays just a kiss and nothing more.

“Twilight” has zero witchcraft, satanic content, or magic. There is violence, but the symbolism shown with the “good vampires” can very clearly be taken as a parable to resisting temptation for an eternity of love. People may find offense in the vampire's long life/immortality, but the Bible clearly tells us that mankind will always lust for life after death. God made us this way. As Christians, we also need to overcome temptation for the promise of forever with our loved ones.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 2½
Carrie, age 42
Positive—The “Twilight” movie I believe was very good. I have read the book, and in comparison to some other book-to-movie adaptations, it follows the novel very well. The actors did a great job. I can't see anyone else playing Edward and Bella. The violence in the movie is mild compared to other PG-13 movies. The sexuality, as well, is at a minimal, which follows the book well. Overall, I think the movie is fitting for teenagers. It sends a unique message of vampires (aka “monsters”), letting us know that we all have a choice. Edward and his family gives the world hope that even the most “cursed” of us can make the world a better place if we choose to.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4
Nichole, age 20
Positive—About half a year ago I heard a radio program about a book series that was being called “the next Harry Potter.” The program, written about the book Twilight caught my interest. I was, therefore, very excited to see what the movie based off this book would be like. For some reason I've had, for several years now, a fascination with the concept of moral Vampires. The idea of a character who's most basic needs run contrary to his moral code, seems like a perfect setup for a deep and twisted plot. Vampires are a interesting subject. Done in the traditional Gothic way, they can be shown as monsters, and can be close too occultish in their presentation. However, several newer takes on the Vampire plot lines have been able to take the basic story ideas and successfully detach them from their magical roots. Such a story is Twilight.

“Twilight” follows the story of a new girl moving to a back woods town in Washington. This girl, Bella, meets many new friends and one slightly odd classmate, Edward. This 17 year old boy is pale as a ghost, never associates with other classmates, and for some reason, his parents pull him out of school on sunny days. Of course Bella finds out that this boy is really a Vampire, and from there the plot thickens. To tell much more would ruin the better parts of this movie, so there I stop.

Several parts of the film caught my interest and made this, what I consider, the best vampire movie I've ever seen.

First of all, the writers didn't try to make High School look like a place where the cool people are king, and the geeks get beat up every day. Let's face it, real life isn't like that. Sure there's the Jocks and the cheerleaders, but overall, every new kid finds a friend, and as a whole kids are rather welcoming of newcomers. Bella makes friends her first day at school, and although she doesn't become the life of the party, she doesn't sit in the corner either.

Secondly, the characters where believable. I was afraid, that this being a movie geared for 15-18 year olds, it may end up a juvenile. I was very surprised to find that the movie was both clever and believable. There were parts where the acting was a tad awkward, but it made it feel all the more believable, since high school is awkward.

The music in the film also impressed me. A mixture of electric guitar and other synthesized music made the whole movie feel eerie but not creepy.

Next to the music the special effects are also worth noting. The entire movie was slightly desaturated (color removed), and given a bluish tint. This makes the main characters appear pale, and the vampires almost deathly white. Excellent color grading in the movie.

Finally, the director perfectly captured the essence of what a vampire would be like in the 21st century. Not creepy, not gross, but cool suave, and incredibly handsome. The vampiric characters in Twilight, come across exactly this way. They seem like people that every one would love, except there is just something not quite right about them. Something that makes you want to keep your distance.

If I could, I would give this movie a rating of 4.75. There are two things on the bad side are worth noting. This is High School. So, you have the classic girl comments (or should we say swearing) of “OMG! He is sooo cute…,” and two occasions of girls expressing in some rather explicit terms what certain clothes enhance what parts of their body. Seeing as this is a movie made by the world, I guess I'm not too shocked. But these were aspects I would have removed had I directed the film.

Like I said, this is the best vampire movie I have ever seen, now I'm going to have to pick up the books.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
Timothy Baldridge, age 24
Positive—I am surprised by the number of young teens reading a series of books that, while classified as “young adult” reading are very mature in their content. However, the movie was very age-appropriate. Not only was it extremely well made for such a low budget, but it was almost completely devoid of foul language, extreme violence, and sexual situations (which is hard to find even among the PG-13 rated movies released these days).

I would have to say that if you are able to get past the fantasy aspect of the story (vampires) it actually has a very good message. It's the story of a boy who denies his sin nature and works to become a better person despite his circumstances. It's also the story of a level-headed girl (who is actually content in life and not the typical boy crazy teenager) who gets caught up in a romantic relationship with a boy who truly cares for her well being above his own and respects her both physically and mentally.

As for the fantasy aspect of the movie, it is done in a very tasteful way. The movie is not overly violent for being about vampires and the world in which the vampires exist is very creative and outside of the norm for what many would imagine a vampire to be. Don't be put off by the fact that the main characters of these movies and books are in high school either; moms and their children alike will enjoy the saga. Although the saga is very relationship oriented, don't let your husbands and sons of the hook either. I know many young men in their 20's that are just as enamored with this saga as me and my girlfriends are. Thriving in creativity and a beautiful story, this is the quality of movie I've been waiting for.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4
Brittany, age 24
Positive—Given the usual caveats (it's not a Christian movie per se, overall a non-Christian worldview is assumed), I found this movie mostly charming, romantic, touching, and entertaining. I was particularly moved by, and it was refreshingly “un-PC” to see, Edward's protective, courtly, and cherishing attitude towards Bella. Today's culture sadly does not promote such an attitude on the part of young men towards the young women to whom they are attracted. It was also a welcome change from the usual fare to see Bella's father portrayed in such a positive, albeit restrained, light. Also the concerned viewer should note: the “vampires” in the movie are presented as some sort of “natural” phenomenon, and there seems to be no “occult” aspect to them.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
Jeremy Klein, age 53
Positive—“Twilight” IS a vampire movie in a lot of areas, but it's not like any other in it's category. There's not much violence and absolutely no gore. This is the only “teen” movie I've seen that shows clean romance. The main characters are shown in contrast to their superficial classmates, which makes “Twilight” an interesting movie to watch as Bella Swann, the protagonist, risks her life to save people she loves, when her girlfriends are out shopping for prom dresses.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 2½
Sam, age 24
Positive—…The main reviewer does point out that there is the presence of sexual temptation, but the characters resist. One of the commenters on this page, who didn't watch the film, claims that the mere presence of temptation makes the movie bad, even though the characters overcame it: this is completely and utterly false. Showing someone overcoming a temptation is so much better than not showing the temptation at all. Life is so full of many temptations all the time, and we need to deal with them. Completely ignoring them is not the way to deal with them. And if you're truly worried about how your kids will deal with temptation, realize that seeing movies about it is a lot safer than confronting it in real life. This movie gives the opportunity address these issues with your kids—take that opportunity!

I also take objection to the people who claim this movie is evil because it has vampires in it. …We're so much on the lookout for what's wrong that we miss the opportunities to turn what may be wrong into a useful learning tool.

Now onto the film: it was pretty good. The script was faithful to the book and did its job rather well. The direction was very capable—Catherine Hardwicke proves herself again. And the acting was really good—especially the two leads. I'm not sure why the posters make Kristen Stewart look so baby-faced, because in the movie see looks more mature and better for it. The cinematography is excellent, and the art direction is TO DIE FOR! I have never seen such a wonderful color palette in my entire life!

If there's anything that should be disturbing us, it's the intensity of Bella and Edward's love. Does nobody else consider it to be a bit TOO intense? I will not go into the whole “idolizing” thing because that would just be me sermonizing, but the line between love and obsession is a mighty fine one throughout the Twilight series. Vampires are not real, and your kids realize that instantly—so stop worrying about the vampires! Love, however, is very real, and it's so very easy to misrepresent. Please have a long talk with your kids (especially your teenage daughters, who are the target audience for this film) over the nature of love after watching this film. Clear up that the “true love” as shown in “Twilight” is not a very good portrayal of real-life, and that love really needs to be worked at. C.S. Lewis had many wonderful things to say about love and marriage in “Mere Christianity,” so all you parents read that and pass on its messages to your kids (just read the one chapter on love and marriage if you don't have time for the rest).

Overall, this movie is entertaining and generally moral. And it's a great springboard for leaping into the topic of love with your kids. As for vampires? It's a side issue: deal with that if—and only if!—your kids fully understand about the nature of love and how it is and isn't portrayed correctly in this film. But if your kids understand that, then they should have no problem figuring out that vampire don't exactly and, therefore, aren't worth idolizing!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
Jm, age 18 (USA)
Positive—I feel this was a great teen movie. It stayed clean, for the most part. The parts that were bad weren't even that bad. I am currently reading the series, because of this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
Jenny, age 34 (USA)
Positive—My husband and I are both Christian, we watched this movie together and both really liked it. I think this is a good clean movie that is enjoyable for adults and teens alike.

If my children were teenagers I would let them watch this. I would suggest to parents with teenage kids, to watch the movie for yourself, as I would with any movie past a PG rating, and make sure you feel peronable feel it is sutiable for your teenage child. And if you do choose to let them watch it to explain anything that is not good in the movie, and how they should live as a Christian.

I can tell you there is no witchcraft in this, I don't recall any swearing, there's no sex, no drugs, and very little violence. As another revewer noted the teens are even respectable to their family, and family is valued as important. The focus of the movie is mostly on the forbidden love between a human and vampire (who only eats animals).
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
Christina, age 25 (USA)
Positive—My wife convinced me to go and see this movie after she had already seen it twice at the cinema. I was reluctant because of the “vampire” theme of the movie. Anything that has blood lust or blood transfer to me is bad.

Lev 17:14—For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.

I know this scripture is part of the law of Moses and meant for Israel but we still have to take note. Surely anything that opposes God's commandments must be… EVIL.

Anyway… think about it.

I enjoyed the movie very much. It shows that you can fall in love as a teenager and not be sexually active from the 1st date onwards. I'm always looking for subtle offensive scene and gestures they try to sneak past in a PG-13 movie.

The boundaries are constantly being pushed and soon a PG-13 rated movie will contain full nudity and sexual content that shouldn't even be allowed at all.

So enjoy the film as its a very interesting love story in a saga of what should be 4 films in the end. Very well made film with good acting on all parts (especially Bella's father). Can't wait for “New Moon.”

I strongly recommend parents to keep teenagers younger than about 17 years from watching this.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
Desmond, age 27 (South Africa)
Positive—This was not a bad movie. It did not portray the vampires in a “good light.” I do think it is not suitable for anyone that cannot destinguish what is real and what is fantasy. This is a movie based solely on romantic fiction. In my opinion, if you don't have peace with watching the movie then don't. Either way, you are not missing much.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
Mindy, age 30 (USA)
Positive—I can understand why people would consider the vampirism offensive but honestly I think our generation is smarter than you think. I dont think anyone after watching this film actually believes in vampires. This is a love story and an appropriate one for our generation. Abstinence til marriage is what these books promote. I think you guys need to have more faith in us that we know fantasy from reality. This film connected to our youth because we could all see ourselves in Bella, an average american girl, that doesnt mean were gonna go out looking for a vampire boyfriend.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
Alyssa, age 22 (USA)
Positive—…Twilight, the uber-popular book (and movie) by Mormon mom Stephanie Meyer, is that rare phenomena—a sexy book (and now a movie) with spiritual themes including virtue, conscience, and good, old-fashioned morals and manners. If you enjoy old Bronte sisters and Jane Austin novels about brooding, noble, self-sacrificing heroes, Twilight is for you.

…Classical hero Twilight's teenage vampire Edward Cullen is an unexpected delight, a breathtakingly handsome super-hero who COULD easily be a demonic villain but makes a conscious decision to put aside his powerful drives and urges to be a better, more “human” being. This is what makes Edward the hero in Twilight—his innate sense of right and wrong, his concern for the state of Bella's soul and his own, and his willingness to pursue what is right, even if he suffers in doing so. Vampire Edward Cullen has been around for over 100 years, but he is forever 17 (and played in the upcoming Twilight movie by 22-year-old Robert Pattinson). He falls in love with 17-year-old Bella Swan while battling his overwhelming urge to kill her and drink her scintillating blood which calls to him in a powerful way.

…Any Girl Bella Swan (played by Kristen Stewart who really is 17) is “Everywoman”—an average girl coming into her own, discovering her strengths and inner beauty through the eyes of the man, in this case a vampire, who loves her. Twilight's Old-Fashioned Virtues—Abstinence and Temperance—Many Christians have claimed the books and movie are too dark, gothic, and even demonic for Christians, but I beg to differ. Twilight is all about exercising free will to chose to turn from darkness and make the often difficult decision to put aside one's baser instincts and desires in search of what is noble, pure and right. In Twilight, one could easily substitute the words “drink her blood” and “change her into a vampire” with “have sex with her,” and the end result would be the same—Edward overcomes ALL his baser desires to protect Bella's life, her virtue, and her soul. Edward has learned a lesson few humans are willing to comprehend anymore—there are some things more precious than gratification. And even though, as a predator, Edward is equipped with all the seductive qualities to trap his prey, whether as food or for sexual pleasure, Edward rises above each temptation throughout the book and the series. Edward Cullen chooses temperance and abstinence above gratification.

Although the story is told from Bella's point of view, and her qualities are also quite admirable, Edward Cullen is the true hero of Twilight. Bella is the apple—the temptation for Edward, and Edward is also the temptation for Bella—hence the symbolic apple on the book's cover. This book is truly about temptation and abstinence in all its forms.

Twilight Comparable to Other Christian Fantasy—Christian viewers and readers will find much to appreciate in Twilight if they will think of it more in line with Christian fantasy writers like C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and less in line with other vampire novels. Twilight is also an action-packed thriller which should appeal to anyone who loves a good super-hero as well as a ruthless villain. My one complaint is Twilight is a little too mature for young teens, especially the movie version. Read the book Twilight; then see the Twilight movie… or vice versa!…
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
Justin, age 19 (USA)
Positive—I've seen this movie now three times, and am currently reading the series. Many people try telling me that Vampires are evil and Demonic. I completely disagree, there are vampires/vampire movies that I think are wrong and shouldn't be watched, but this saga isn't anything of the sorts. A vampire is a 100% mythological creature that people write about, such as dwarfs, werewolves, Pegasus, and so on. Nothing wrong with it, as long as it's not being displayed as a demon. …Great Movie; book is way better.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
Cory, age 21 (USA)
Neutral—My kids were not old enough to watch “Twilight,” but I did go see it with a niece. Personally, I'm not into the vampire plot and this movie did not change that view one bit. The lines were too cheesy to be taken seriously, even if some of the characters were interesting to watch. There was more humor than I expected, and it was clean humor at that.

I don't know what other parents let go, but I won't let my kids watch films like “Harry Potter…,” “The Golden Compass,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and I thought I'd never let them get away with a vampire movie. My views will not change as they get older, but I would base “Twilight” on your child's maturity. Ask them if they agree with Bella and Edward in everything, and see what they say. This movie presents a good chance to show your daughters (and sons) the positive points AND negative points of a relationship.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 2
Sam, age 38
Neutral—As to the movie “Twilight,” after viewing the movie, I felt in my spirit the need for all christian parents to begin to pray specifically for the young women (and even some mothers) who are easily captivated by the mystery that this movie portrays. It seems that in a moments time this has become of a huge interest to young women more so than young men (tweens). I saw how this movie and book can open a door that does beyond the maturity level and understanding of the young viewer. I saw intense intimacy and restraint not based on Godly decisions for their restraint, and if our young women are not guided through this interest with God's word they could very easily be tempted to go beyond their previously set boundaries of staying pure until marriage when situation arises. I see that Satan wants to use this for his glory in the rise of teenage sexual promiscuity that is forwarded not by the young man but the young woman. As christians lets not give Satan an in. My advice, be very prayerful when entering into this series, and ask God for the teachable moments and the right words that are equally as captivating. Go with your young teens. To just say no and let it go at that is not enough, this movie and book have very strong pulls.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
Shanon Rederstorf, age 40
Neutral—I didn't really like the movie because it was just a soppy teenage romance to me and didn't appeal at all. Otherwise I thought it was fine. I'm not particularly against vampire folklore, The blood-sucking, immortal type portrayed in movies are myth/legend, and I haven't got a problem with it.

The only thing that worries me about the books/movie is the obsession with it. There is nothing spectacular about the movies or the books so I don't see where the obsession with it is coming from, unless its spiritual. But I think it's just a fad—one Meyers is cashing in on quickly.

Apparently the amount of teenage girls that are donating blood has dramatically increased since these books/movies though.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3
Bethany, age 19 (Australia)
Negative—I have seen the movie with my 15-year old godson without knowing it was a modern vampire story. I was very disappointed with the content. The movie is gloomy and the plot didn't have a real positive or at least decent content. I left with a feeling of strong disappointment. Next time I will have to wait for a more comprehensive review.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2
Sandro Ribi, age 57
Negative—After reading the reviews and the comments I felt I must leave one of my own. In God's word, after giving Moses the commandments, He tells the children of Israel in Deut. 12:28-32: “When the LORD your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way; for every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods. Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.

To some people in our world Vampirism is a religion. Why do we open ourselves and our children, who can't defend themselves properly, up to false religions? Especially in the form of entertainment. God commands us not to. Why? So we don't get ensnared and turn away from our Savior. Read some of the kids comments. It's disturbing (to me anyway)!

What do vampires eat? BLOOD What does God's word say about that?

Deut. 12:23—Only be sure that you do not eat the blood, for the blood is the life: you may not eat the life with the meat.

If we are going be Christians shouldn't we walk as Jesus walked? Jesus obeyed the Father in All things. This is just watered down enough so we don't see the subtle hooks of the evil one. I for one will obey the Lord my God, and will not be watching this film nor letting my children watch it! I don't even want to perk my kids interest in vampires.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 1
Mom of 3 Boys, age 32
Negative—I saw this movie naively, and whilst I enjoyed the storyline, I didn't feel good after watching it. I realized that it didn't sit right with me that evil (Vampires) are portrayed as good in this movie. We wouldn't support the notion of vampires in general, so why see a movie about them, especially one that makes them out to be good? This is just deception—the enemy's number one tool! I believe we need to be more careful about what we open ourselves up to, and should seek the Lord before we view something like this. I certainly will next time.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
Alicia, age 22 (Australia)
Negative—This movie portrays high standards of morality in Bella's and Edward's dating relationship, and it should be applauded for that. It was refreshing to see a role model for these behaviors in the media. However, I disagree with the reviewer that this is a well made movie. Unnecessary camera shots, poor camera use, and mediocre-at-best-acting abounded throughout the “film.” I have read the books and did not feel that this movie could stand alone. A viewer without knowledge of the author's original work would need multiple explanations to understand the story.

On a side note, I believe it is important for parents to talk to their young women regarding Bella's and Edward's relationship. The story promotes the idea that a man will swoop in and save you in any situation, and this may set up these young women for failure in future relationships. Edward's character in “Twilight” creates the idea that men are saviors, rather than partners, and future husbands should be viewed as partners rather than saviors.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 1½
Sarah, age 24 (USA)
Negative—I first heard of this movie from several teens who attend my church, at first I heard that it was a book that was made into a movie about vampires. The next I hear they had went and seen the movie, and even a parent told me how clean it was. I decided to view this movie for myself, not understanding how a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ could justify Vampirism. After viewing the movie, I was left with a feeling of depression, which, of course, was the spirit that the young vampire in the movie carried throughout.

I immediately had to have a talk with our youth concerning this great deception of satan. Parents, I plead with you, I have no idea how the Christian review on this movie could be justified, It is strictly occult and demonic in nature. I have heard that they are good vampires, I have also heard the same in witchcraft like Harry Potter.

Saints, its time to draw a line in the sand and declare that which is unclean and unholy as the abomination the Lord declares it. We are losing a generation to the occult, and we sit passively by and allow it to happen. Even worse, we justify it as harmless and innocent.

Again, what we allow our teenagers to view, we allow them, and open them up, too. What you behold is what you will ultimately become. A strange fascination is sweeping our youth with these immoral fabrications such as witchcraft, vampirism and other paranormal views. This is a big issue in the eyes of the Lord. If a any man has the desire to drink the blood of any, this man needs to be free by the blood of One, the Lord Jesus Christ.

I would also like to view that the young Vampire in this movie withstood temptation, not to have sex with the young girl, but rather refrained from killing her and eating her blood. The girl, on the other hand, desired nothing more than to fall into the evil of the life that he lived. We as the Church must not compromise in these areas, the movie was dark, demonic and absolutely deceitful, our young people are at stake, we must be careful how we rate such a movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
Pastor Shane Mason, age 30 (USA)
Negative—The film transitions well, as movies go. I rated it “extremely offensive,” as a Christian, because based on biblical standards we are not to drink blood or approve of others that do. Some will argue and say it is fantasy, so why should it matter. I say that there are people who want to be vampire-like and this gives them the okay. It comes under the guise of no blatant profanity, and nudity that a lot of parents watch for in teenage movies.

I saw this movie and read all 4 books and saw a definite obsessive change in my daughter and her friends. I am sorry that I didn't recognize this wolf in sheep's clothing.

I take offense to the above writer who said they heard the Lord profane Only twice. Once should have been enough to walk out of the theater. The sad thing I do not remember hearing the profanity.

I am sure if you read the Potter books and did not have a problem with those books, these are the books for you.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
Rebecca, age 38 (USA)
Negative—Mat 7:13 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat”: Just the basics here, just what is the movie about? Vampires, what are vampires? A supernatural being that kills a human by sucking blood out of its victim. What is a good vampire? Lets look at demons, are there any good ones? Mat 12:30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. I mean kids are watching this, unsaved kids who don't even know the truth and have not been set free. Most of the reviews on here are positive and some even say that they only use God's name in vain twice. ONLY?… Now with that said as far as man standards yes this film is mild compared to some of the teen movies now days. Pro 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. However I think one should look to the Word and let it be the judge. My saying is “would Jesus sit down and watch this with me?” I don't think this one he would. Love in Christ Wes.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
Wes Mcdanile, age 38 (USA)
Negative—I could not tolerate watching it completely. It makes me wonder about the parables of the wicked servants… How much evil can one tolerate and still go to heaven?? Is not this the generation that calls evil good? How can ANY vampire be good? (a white witch is still a witch) How much willing evil in you will God tolerate? NONE. Rat poison is still poison even though it is 99.9% good food, and so is this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2
Ron, age 51 (USA)
Negative—Want to share with you my experience with this movie. Since I am the person who likes very much romantic movies I, by IGNORING God's voice inside of me that this movie is NOT GOOD and PROFITABLE for me, decided to watch it. Some week ago I watched this movie and all I can say—since that moment I have lost the inner peace in my heart. I prayed to God and I thank Him that I was able to read all of these comments and see what the real purpose of such movies is.

So the peace of security and clearness and knowledge what the true love means for me—it disappeared. You know girls the true and real love and it's expressions ARE NOT the same what passion and even obsession of somebody is. (I saw these things were prevailing in this movie) Obsession is suffering. It can burn you out. As I mentioned, the inner peace was gone. And some other things came in. First of all, the movies like these are creating something like bad and destructive alternative of love, and by the way by tasting something like this it is not fulfilling your real need for love and even (let's say_ healthy romance and attention.

Since at first time it looks like something cool and tentative, it will creates for you big troubles because such things are NOT DISAPPEARING from our minds, hearts and souls just like that. All of this then form our THINKING and our ATTITUDES toward other people and also future husband or wife).

Yes, romance, passionate feelings, actor's devotion to each other-it was soo emotional—even demonic! The idea of immortal and impossible love in fact can hold spiritually some very good and cute girls even Christians in their dream-world as it was with me, and, when God will send to them their real Princes from the real life, some problems can arise. Since in your mind and in your thoughts you place and intensively repeat thru another movies of this sort the mysterious image of perfect good-but-in-the-same-time-bad-man, it can ruin your love and relationships with your future True Love, Your husband. Why?

Just think, how are you defining the perfect type of man for yourself? Isn't that in the movies you like to watch so much? The words of popular songs you love to hear, sing etc? But hasn't God prepared for you the real man, the true and real love, without overemotional and sensitive impossible-vampire-movie-type experiences? Aren't His plans much better than these foolish emotions, fantasies of immortal beautiful and dangerous love?

Please do not judge me too strictly, since I argue that such movies can affect your thinking, even future relationships. Yes, it is good when you have christian parents and you can discuss such things together, but… is that really necessary to open doors for something ungodly, that is not promoting you to get closer to God but on contrary to dream about let's say demonic and impossible things and personalities?

If after movie in you spirit you can feel something is not good with you—you better think about this—what have you already led in yourself?

P.S.—Christians, have you ever been thinking that in nowadays movies where there are vampires, or some underground civilizations, or star-wars, strange creations with supernatural power and abilities…have you mentioned that in such movies THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF REAL ONE AND ONLY HOLY GOD?? Then why are you wondering that people by looking cat-women and Batmen or mystical immortal vampires will think that they will need God? World is creating and promoting it's own understanding of what cannot be seen or proved by science. and it is trying to replace true God in people's hearts even with movies. The eye is the light for the whole body. If your eye is dark—then what is going on inside of you????
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
Veronica, age 20 (Latvia)
Negative—I don't believe all these positive comments. What? Has everyone lost their minds? Do you not know what is good from the bible to have a reference. I don't think a lot of viewers, young and old, Christian and Non-Christian recognize the strong under currents in the movie. For example…

They say Edward is strong, he has self-control, he won't eat her and suck her blood and whatever. But he sneaks into her room and watches her sleep? Hmm…. Then in a passionate kiss, he backs away because he's affected? No duh, she's in her underwear. So what is he doing her room? What do you think is going through his mind when he watches her sleep? Vampire baseball? C'mon, get real. Sensual thoughts to say the least.

It appears that they are showing you what is moral and immoral by their own ruler, not by the word, or even common sense.

When they first meet in the science class, there's so much suggestive imagery that I think alot of people overlooked it. Not too mention how much in the flesh they want you to focus on. Just get you off totally to think like an animal.

I heard from people who have read the book that the movie didn't do any justice to the story. blah blah blah

They say Edward is waiting until marriage and all that. This movie has so many decieving things in it, and people, even grown women are swallowing it up. So he's waiting until marriage but he's having a tough time restraining from sucking her blood. And to stupid Bella, it's probably the most attention she received in years, and we won't even go into all the Daddy issues.

Because such a following has surfaced of this book/movie, I had to investigate it and I what I realized is women are looking for that guy, that guy that will romance them and have self-control. Edward is still far from that, but females are so starving for this that even Edward becomes a candidate.

How about, you forget about Edward, and focus on Jesus. Oh, let's not forget Bella, a very dumb girl which the audience is relating to. Scary. This girl has such low self esteem and appears so helpless, I'm amazed people even watch it.

And those bad vampires looked like a euro band that spent too much time on the tour bus. Nothing against euros.

I do admit, the scene where he was playing the piano, that was probably the only good scene in the movie and the melody played was nice.

To females: Don't succumb to the Lois Lane mentality. Ooooo Superman likes me.

To males: Do not take your cues from this movie, take your cues from Jesus.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2
Mr. Eq., age 40 (USA)
Negative—“Twilight” is the dumbest movie I have ever seen. I am offended that something that drinks blood is presented in a morally neutral or positive light. If the vampires were evil or demonic, than I would be thankful evil was portrayed as unattractive and horrifying. As for sex, drugs, and alcohol, there was little in it, sans obvious lustful desires. The fact that the “good” vampires were vegetarians was uncalled for. The dialog is SO boring, that I felt like I was watching a high school soap opera. The violence is pretty mild, though there are strong implications of deaths. There were so many times I asked “When will this end?”. As for occultism, I could see that the ideas behind this stuff is occultic. The worst it gets is Edward reads a few minds, but it appears to be a part of his being a vampire, not an occultic, spell. What is also saddening is you cannot express your opinion against this series without some Jacob or Edward fans looking at you like you were the devil. Pray for the salvation for people such as this.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
Peter, age 22 (USA)
Comments from young people
Positive—I saw this movie last night, and I will tell you, it was refreshingly “clean.” I have never read the books but was intrigued… I appreciated the selflessness that Edward portrayed. The story line was wonderful, when was the last time we had a real teen romance? There were two kisses in the movie, and as written above, Edward stopped himself on the first kiss because he felt was losing control. What a great example for our young men!! For those of you concerned about violence or the gore associated with vampires—it was generally mild. The only real violence seen is when the Cullen's family ripped one of the “bad” vampire's head off. But, all in all, it was a good movie; however, it's probably best if you leave the kids at home.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4½
Chelsea, age 16
Positive—I went to go see this movie with my four best friends a few weeks ago, and it was everything I expected it to be. There wasn't a lot of “bad” content in the book so there wasn't in the movie. Edward and Bella are very respectful of each other and set a good example for young people in relationships. Honestly, I'm not sure why it was rated PG-13. This was the first PG-13 movie I've seen, and I don't find it much different from many PG movies. But, all in all, this is a great movie! I highly recommend it to kids 10 and up.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
Lauren Smith, age 13
Positive—I saw this move last week, and I loved it! It was amazing. I'm aware that some christians will be offended and there is already a lot of controversy with this movie. I feel it’s not real life. I started reading the books in November and I'm so excited to read the other two and Midnight sun when she she finishes it. I'm a Twilight fan. There are some offensive parts, I would change the references to hell around and make so that the all culles believe that vampire do have an afterlife. I think all the culels and Bella are christian. Anyway, the movie was great. I loved romance. THere are offensive parts, such as saying God's name in vain. Also, Bella should have been wearing actual pajama bottoms (but I've seen worse). There is some making-out, and I have no problem with it, as long as it's your bf, you stay fully clothed, his don't go to inappropriate places, and it doesn't lead to sex, and you don't intend to till marriage. I agree that if making out, you should stop if you are losing control, like Edward did. He didn't want to have premarital sex with her or hurt her. The cuddling, itself, I didn't find offensive, when she is sleeping, because it was in a chaste way. Well, almost. Edward ends up being able to overcome temptation, and I loved the movie. Edward is affectionate, but there could have been a bit more affection. …the acting and plot was great! Robert Pattison makes a great Edward. …Can't wait rest of the movies. That being said, I'd keep this movie PG-13, and I say someone should be at least 10 or in grade 7 to see this movie. (They'd have to go with someone, of course.) Also, I'm aware the evil is gloried as good passage, but in this movie is different, since Edward acknowledges he's killed before and hates that he did.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
Angel, age 17 (Canada)
Positive—When I went to “Twilight,” having read the entire Twilight series, I expected an average movie. To my surprise, I was blown away, and I absolutely loved it. The movie was not only very loyal to the book, but most likely the best movie adaptation of a book I have ever seen. “Twilight” is a romance, so it is naturally not incredibly quick-paced because of the need to develop the story sufficiently. However, the movie kept my interest with bits of action or tension inserted frequently. The movie was rated very appropriately, and I wouldn't recommend it to any one younger than 13 without a parent to discuss any issues. I felt that the parts of the movie that prompted a PG-13 rating were a relatively passionate kiss between the two main characters and when the vampire antagonist breaks the heroine's leg and maliciously bites her to infuriate the hero. Other possibly bothersome aspects of the movie include the idea of the existence of vampires and that they exist by feeding off of blood. I am not offended in any way by these aspects, and I thoroughly enjoyed this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
Molly, age 15
Positive—I am reviewing this film, “Twilight,” because I have a feeling that many Christians will find it highly objectionable. I went to see this movie (willingly, I might add) with two fellow Christians and guess what… we all loved it! My friends have read the books (I'm sure I'll be getting the entire series from them for Christmas) so they helped me through the parts that I hadn't heard about.

Anyway, I assume that a lot of Christian parents and kids will write in saying how terrible and offensive this movie was just because it was about vampires. I have been raised in a Christian home and my father is an ordained pastor, and he knew that I went to see this movie. My family has been very supportive of my growing independence, and they often drive me and my friends to the movies (they always know which one we're going to see). Over the past few years they've taken us to see “Spider-Man 3,” National Treasure 2, and (very recently) “Wall-e.”

My point in all this is that all Christians have different standards. Some parents are so strict that they tell their children that laughter is wrong (yes, I have actually met parents who believe this), while others let their kids pretty much fend for themselves and make their own choices. If you are a parent or adolescent who doesn't think vampire/ teen romance movies are appropriate… Don't Watch Them!!! I have been using this site for many years and it seems like a lot of people go see movies just so they can rant and rave about them! So if you see commercials for a new movie on TV ask yourself if you would see it to a) enjoy it and write an honest review about it, or 2) stay for ten minutes then walk out muttering loudly about how utterly disgraceful the it was. Personally, I loved the “Twilight” movie and found it very clean and charming.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4
Anna Summers, age 17
Positive—I'm a fan of all the Twilight books, so, of course, I had to see the movie. Well the “Twilight” movie was AMAZING! All the actors did an amazing job; everyone was cast absolutely perfect, and all the scenes in the movie did the book proud. Bella actually narrates I think the preface at the beginning of the movie and during other parts so that's pretty cool! The meadow scene wasn't as pivotal in the movie as it was in the book, although the scene where the Cullens play baseball was awesome!

The violence in the movie is pretty cut and dry, which I liked, because I don't like gory violence at all, so basically whenever something happens you see just enough to understand what's going on and who dies and that's it. The effects were pretty amazing; the music was great. So, all in all, I'm definitely ready to go see it in theaters again and also buy it on DVD.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
Sierra, age 17
Positive—I went to see this movie with some friends. I really didn't know what to expect, I've never read any of the Twilight books, so I really had no ideal what the movie was about, other then vampires. I can honestly say “Twilight” was one of the best movies I've ever seen. It inspired me to pursue acting as a career.

I was considering being an actress before, but there's not to many actors/ actresses out there that stay “normal.” But it was cool to see a movie that brought back an old dream of mine. :) I would definitely recommend seeing this move, and I am going to check out the Twilight books. :)
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
Tiffany Chioda, age 16
Positive—I put off reading the books for nearly a year, even at the urging of my friends to read them, because I was not interested in reading an offensive, “teen” romance novel about vampires. However, when I did finally read the first book, on which this film is based, I absolutely loved it and read the remaining three books in about 3 weeks. So, with the movie coming out soon after I had finished reading “Breaking Dawn,” the final book of the series, you could understand that I would excited for the film. I truly enjoyed the books, reveling in the fantastical story and thoroughly enjoying the interesting, well-developed characters and suspense and romance.

I went to see “Twilight” the Tuesday after it came out in theaters with my good friend, both of our mom's, and a friend of both my mother and me, and thoroughly enjoyed the film, except for a few points, some relatively major, others very minor.

I did not enjoy the casting of Kristen Stewart. Although she and Robert Pattinson, who played an amazing, tortured yet rather hilarious version of Edward, had incredible chemistry, which was very enjoyable to watch, I did not find that she effectively portrayed Bella the way I pictured her. However, I know she certainly did please many people, and people's views of characters in books and the opinions they form about them are extremely subjective and unique. I do not really find I have anything in common with Bella, besides our taste in books; I just had a very specific picture of her in my mind, as I do with most characters I experience through reading.

However, I loved the casting of the entire Cullen family. Like I said earlier, Robert Pattinson was awesome… really awesome. His acting was superb. Even my mother commented on that. He carried his scenes with a poise and sort of always saddened manner that was very Edward. Edward to me had a sort of “tortured artiste” quality to him that I really enjoyed, and I felt Rob pulled that off without making him too depressed. Edward still had some funny quips thrown into the script. Peter Facinelli was great as Carlisle; very fatherly and always cool and wise. Elizabeth Reaser was exactly as I pictured Esme—to a “t.” I adored the casting of Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene as my two favorite Cullens (besides Edward of course), Emmett and Alice, respectively. Kellan Lutz’s portrayal of Emmett totally reminded me of my fun, sporty older brother, and Greene's Alice was just as I imagined; fun, creative, free-wheeling. I was pleasantly surprised by Jackson Rathbone's Jasper. I had not seen anything with him.

The special effects were definitely good. I loved the baseball scene, and all the running and fast-motion stunts were great as well, though I wanted the meadow scene to be more “dazzling.” Please pardon the cliche, “Twilight” readers; I liked the soundtrack, though my taste in music generally veers away from Rock towards other styles that are not as easy to find on the radio, so I might not be the best person to chat with about how the music was. I liked it, but it was not really my taste, though I liked Robert Pattinson’s song in the restaurant scene.

The script was ok. I felt they took out a lot of the content of the book, and many of the stories and conversations that made people multi-faceted and funny and interesting where omitted. The lack of info on the Cullen family was disappointing, as it made those characters so much more dimensional in the book, and whoever wrote it definitely took some major creative license and took out a number of favorite scenes from the novel, or changed the pattern of events in the book. However, creative license is necessary when making films, and “Twilight” people just have to get over the fact that Edward never says, “Do I dazzle you?” to Bella.

Now, onto the spiritual content. I don't agree with people construing this as a “Christian” film. I found no real “Christian” messages in the book or film, and though Edward does restrain himself from going too far with Bella in one scene, its not because he was Christian and knew he needed to back off, its because he did not want to kill the girl he loves. Their relationship, though chaste, is filled with desire and sexual tension. Moving on, though. The Cullens are not “bad” vampires. They do not prey on humans, instead eating animal blood. Carlisle is even a doctor, saving human's lives instead of taking them away. Take that into consideration before condemning the film. There was very little violence in the film, besides at the very end, which for the faint-hearted or really young kids could be freaky. I recall maybe one or two uses of the Lord's name, but beyond that, VERY mild language, which is refreshing.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this film to people who enjoyed the book or would like a change from the incredibly peppy and cliche “HSM.” I really enjoyed it, as did my friend, and with its lack of objectionable content, I think it to be a very suitable film for Christians.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
Katie, age 14
Positive—Okay, I went and say this movie. I've got to say it was extremely clean. No cussing or bad scenes. Edward treats Bella the way God would want it. There was one scene that I did not like—that was the fight scene—I'm not a big fan of hearing people scream uncontrollable, I think the book was better and the fight scene then the movie. I think that the movie should be PG-13 because of the violence, really it wasn't that bad. Edward doesn't portray himself as a vampire as much, he says I am a monster. Well I thought it was good, I recommend teens to see it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
Ashley, age 14 (USA)
Positive—I personally loved this movie! I have read all of the Twilight series, with the exception of the last one (I intend on reading it soon). Although there were some things that weren't completely true to the book, I believe that the movie didn't stray too far from it. As for the whole vampire bit, I'm completely fine with it. I actually enjoy reading vampire books. I just like reading, really. I've never understood why people have such a problem with reading about vampires. All books should be precious to us. Even stories that contain fictional creatures such as vampires can teach us valuable lessons. I think that “Twilight” is one of those stories that can teach us important lessons of life.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
Anonymous, age 16 (USA)
Positive—“Twilight” was an amazing movie! I had read the books over the summer and fell in love with them right away. I read Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse in a week. And when Breaking Dawn came out, I rushed to it. The book series are excellent.

The movie was better than I expected; closer to the book as I expected, as well. The only true reason why I was a little disappointed was because I had set expectations for the movie. And movies never live up to their expectations, especially a movie that was made from a book.

The soundtrack was killer. Paramore's song “Decode” fit the movie very well; All the songs did. The scene where Edward sucks the venom out of Bella was a tear-jerking moment. And I was glad to see that their wasn’t too much sexual content. The actors did a phenomenal job, and I give them an A++! I was also pleased to see Mrs. Meyer make a cameo appearance. Overall, the movie was one of the best I have ever seen, and I look forward to the release of “New Moon”!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4½
Caitlin, age 14 (USA)
Positive—I really liked this movie. I have read the saga and call myself a “Twihard” fan. I am also a Christian. I really like the book (and the movie) because both were not “the norm.” Most books/magazines for teenagers these days have a lot of sexual stuff in them, and I always leave a book store sad, because about 80% of the books have something about sex or a girl is portrayed as an object. In “Twilight,” Edward is protective and loving. He never tries to persuade Bella to have sex with him or anything like that. He only looks out for her best interest. (Edward being a vampire is the best thing in the book/movie because he is so drawn to Bella's blood that he can never go to far even in a kiss because he knows if he does not resist the temptation he might kill her… )

Most girls do not know why they like “Twilight” so much (they might say “oh Edward's really hot”) but I think the real reason is because girls these days are trying to be tough and make themselves objects and they say that they do not need protection, but what they see in Edward is a guy that is protective, kind, and looks out for Bella's best interest. Girls are speaking out and saying “I want that kind of guy.” He never tries to make Bella do anything she doesn't want to do. In the movie, Bella and Edward's first kiss was more dramatic than in the book. Bella only has her t-shirt and undies on (totally not in the book) but Edward pulls himself away from Bella so he does not “lose control.” (He is a highly moral vampire, as all good boys should be, morally I mean… not the vampire bit!)

Guys can get lessons from this book too. Just because Edward has the urge to drink Bella's blood, he doesn't have to act on it. He resists temptation. Same for guys today. Our world says that girls are objects and they have to look a certain way and wear certain things to get a guy's attention. In the movie and books, Bella is a normal girl who is modest and kind. Her friends (specifically Jessica) is always trying to get a guy's attention and in one scene (dress shopping for a dance) Jessica says “This dress makes my boobs look bigger!” Bella's uncomfortable and not as shallow as her peers.

Even in the prom scene, at the end of the movie, Bella is modest and dresses in a spaghetti strap dress (that totally covers her) and even has a sweater on top of that! Kirsten Stewart and Robert Pattinson were great actors in this movie. The movie did have some violence where one of the “bad” vampires gets his head ripped off. The scene is blurry and very,very, brief. I would talk to your daughters about the movie afterwards. My mom and I talked, and I learned a lot!!! Great movie! Oh, and I wouldn't let kids younger than 13 go and see it. It might frighten them and might not be appropriate for them. This movie was not like other movies for teens/tweens. Very clean.

Note: If you're not going to let your daughter/son read the book, consider reading it yourself. You might find it a really good teaching tool for your kids. (for example: don't spend time alone in your bedroom with your boyfriend/girlfriend, most guys/girls do not have the self-control that Edward has, and other points I have mentioned above, etc.)
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4½
Erin, age 13 (USA)
Positive—I saw “Twilight” the night it came out. I had read all the books and so had my mother. She is a typical over-protective, very christian mother, but she fell in love with the books and the movie. I don't believe that this movie was anything like typical “vampire” movies. Unlike “Underworld,” “Twilight” was a much more respectable take on vampires. It is the ultimate love story between the ultimate Romeo and Juliete. The cullens (good vamps) accept that they are monsters, but they try to be less evil by eating animals instead of humans. If you think about it, we do the same. We eat animals, so do they. They have chosen to be different. The movie is one that you really have to read the books to understand and love. I understand that some people disagree with this movie, and that's fine, but I loved it, and I recommend it to everyone above 10 and the people who are offended easily.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
Sierra Carter, age 14 (USA)
Positive—The book and movie are fantastic. As long as your children understand the difference between fantasy and reality. I love how Carlisle (in the book more then in the movie) believes in an afterlife for them. And a lot of the book is Edward believing he has lost his soul. But then finds himself through Bella. He starts playing the piano again. I think this will have teens considering what kind of afterlife they should expect. I think it will draw more kids to Christ with this movie and book.

If you think this is bad then you clearly do not understand it. Not trying to be mean. But this movie/book is so moving it has strengthened my relationship with God. It has helped me in a number of ways you will never understand.

Overall, a beautiful, uplifting movie about love, right and wrong.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
Trissacar, age 17 (USA)
Positive—I love the movie “Twilight”:) It has something in it for everyone! We are all Christians, and we know that all that stuff is fake so we should just enjoy it and move on. I found that “Twilight” was one of the cleaner PG-13 movie's that there is. Edward and Bella are in love, but they still keep their bodies Holy for God:) There is a good lesson to this movie so watch it and see what you think! GOD BLESS
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
Monica E, age 13 (USA)
Positive—I read the Twilight series about 4 months before the first movie came out, right after my older sister of 14. I loved them automatically. A friend (in a Christian rock band) reccommended them to us and we really liked the series. A lot of people did not, however, because it is based on vampires, and some people interpret vampires as demons, satanists, or the like. I absolutely disagree. If you are mature, smart, and able enough to be able to sort out fiction and non-fiction, then it's okay to be into it, read it, and talk about it.

Recently, an adult in my church lectured my youth group on how Twilight, both the books and the movie, and another series (Harry Potter) were sinful to read, satanic, demonic, and the like. She attacked only those two particular series, not including the “witchcraft” and bad things in movies such as “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “The Lord of the Rings” series, or the “Star Wars” or “Star Trek” movies/books. She only mentioned the Twilight series because she knew that most of our youth group had read and enjoyed the series. Note that we have a basically seven person youth group. She has never seen the movie of Twilight nor read the books, while the rest of us, all strongly opposed on her comparison of Twilight to pornography, have. Here is what I think:

Twilight is an amazing book to read. It is a great FICTION book, and FICTION is not true. Note that you find this book in the fiction section of any library or book store. Also, the movie genre is listed as FICTION, just like the author, and later the producer and director, intended it to be. If you are smart enough to place the story of Twilight in the fiction section of your life, it is okay to read. And to the parents censoring your kids' reading: It's actually hurting them. Not only will they most likely be left out of a lot of conversations at school or after-school activities, but it will also keep them from knowing what some people believe to be reality. It will also make them think that, by only being allowed or able to read non-fiction or Christian books, that everything is good and sweet and Godly. It is not. Let your kids watch “Twilight.” Let them read the books. Even let them read Harry Potter if you want! Just don't censor books if you have not read them yourself, if you just don't like it because it is about vampires (because that is part of the story, while the main aim of it is to show kids and teens like me that love is important, to make the best of a bad situation, and that good—even though they are vampires—prevails over evil), or because you don't want them to want to be a vampire or werewolf. It is strictly fiction, and that is it. And please, PLEASE!, do NOT talk trash about the books or the movie if you have not read them, seen the movie, or even know remotely that it really teaches good lessons. It may not be categorized as a Christian book or series, but it is definitely NOT sinful to read them or watch the corresponding movies. Thank you.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
Tori, age 13 (USA)
Positive—This was definitely a good clean movie with a lot of action. I do not remember any offensive language, which is a shocker. I think it is overrated as being PG-13. There is some violence, scary images, and dark, creepy scenes. There is a very brief scene where Edward comes in her room and they kiss and she partially disrobes. He then pulls away, and she covers up with a sheet. There is a very brief kiss at the end, as well. A good clean excellent movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
Lindsey, age 13 (USA)
Positive—I think this movie is amazing! I think that most viewers on this site are being way too strict. This movie different people can relate to. Bella's an ordinary girl who is not coorodinated and is clumsy. I myself can relate. There's no profanity in it, and I've seen it like a million times, specifically looking for anything questionable. They only use the Lord's name in vain once (Angela says it).

There's nothing sexual either. They make out on the bed but Edward shows self control by stopping. This movie's perfect for teen girls because they twisted a classic horror story into a romantic love story. It's amazing because Edward's essentially a monster and a killer who wants to be human; who wants to be loved. Bella's an accident prone, clumsy girl. They can't be together for her own safety but they make it through. I love it and encourage any teenage girl to see it no matter what you guys say. So what if there are vampires in it? They had no choice. They don't wanna be what they are. They were given a second chance at life and want to be accepted. They aren't bad like Dracula. It's a beautiful story, and I can't wait till it's sequel “New Moon” comes out.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
Aly, age 14 (USA)
Positive—I'm going to do the parents a favor and give an unbiased review. Yes, I am a fan of twilight but I also see where it could be a bad thing in terms of young christian girls watching it. The reason I give it a good review is because, lets admit, it does give a good message of abstinence and chivalry. Edward is the guy every girl wants, he is the 100 something year old virgin that waited to find his true love and he's big on protecting his virtue. His concern for his salvation is mentioned a few times in the books, and he looks at himself as a monster. For this reason, he doesn't want Bella to become like him. Another reason I don't see the hard core debates is some people in my church let their kids watch Harry Potter which is witchcraft people! The bible specifically says in Exodus that God will 'take witchcraft from among you.'

So why watch it? These same people don't let their children watch Twilight. The bible never mentions vampires, not even once. They're fiction. If you're going to go against Twilight, then you must go against every movie that wasn't made for the glory of God, or every fictional character. It would be the same as boycotting Beauty and the Beast. Here's another reason why it's not good to get caught up in twilight, it's a fad. A big one. Ask one teenage girl who doesn't find Edward Cullen or Jacob Black “dreamy.” You probably won't find any.

I observed a negative effect of Twilight when I saw a girl in my youth group who had twilight stickers all over her bible, this is where it gets dangerous. It's not like people are obsessed with the vampire part, they love the love! It is a great love story, and a clean one at that. Just make sure you don't get caught up in it. It's not a bad thing to enjoy this movie, just don't make it an idol!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
Lindsey, age 17 (USA)
Positive—…I read the book first before watching the movie. To me, the book was much better. The movie was good, and Hollywood kept it somewhat similar to the overall summary of the book itself. I am a Christian, and believe that Twilight is very clean and well-done for a vampire story. I am not a ballistic fan that adorns their bedroom with the character posters or wears the clothing, but I do plan to watch all the movies that come out but first read the books! Recently I finished the New Moon (the second Twilight book). Someday I will see the movie. Some people claim that Twilight is a cult, but it does not need to be that way. Most Christians despise Harry Potter, but Twilight is much better than that!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
Emily, age 11 (USA)
Comments from non-viewers
I am a Pastor and what I wanted to comment about is deeper than the issue of this singular movie, it's the legalism Vs. Immorality argument that has been going on for years and years. I agree that we as Christians should be in and not of this world. But, I also know that Jesus would be far more concerned about our lack of unity than about whether or not we gave a thumbs up to this movie. I applaud you who gave it a negative and those who gave it a positive, maybe the issue is just as easy as who is an optimist and who isn't. The hard fact is that we do need to review everything we or our children see in the light of God's word and his spirit in OUR lives. What is important to some is not always important to others and the way God leads one is not always the same as another. Obviously there are some things that are non-negotiable, but I am referring to those things that fall into the opinion category. I am tired of reading these volunteer reviews and then reading down where people bash the reviewer and make it sound like they are the most immoral person in the world. It is their opinion, and there is no need for personal attacks. As far as scripture is concerned everyone should read Romans chapter 14. Paul clearly states in Roman 14:4 “Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.” We stand with Christ only because he helps us to do so.

Remember the people in the Bible who lived by rule after rule and not grace, they were the ones Jesus spoke the harshest to, the Pharisees. So lets not be Pharisees and lets not be Immoral. Let us all live lives that glorify Christ and whether our conscience is clear with this movie and we see it, or its not and we don't. Our opinion is just that, our opinion and we are all trying our best to follow Christ.

If your conscience condemns you don't go see it: Romans 14:23, but if it doesn't go see it. So lets agree to disagree and let our consciences be clear before God as we go for God's bigger goals, that the body of Christ may come together in unity. In him. Rom 15:5-6 “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Pastor Ben, age 24 (USA)
I have not seen the movie, but my 13 year old daughter brought the book home from school. She bought it at the school bookfair. I did not let her read it, and it was removed from our home. How can something that glorifies, drinking human blood and the living dead, be okay? Is it not the same thing as saying Harry Potter is a good witch? It's another one of those things that gently slips by our Christian radar and into our children's minds as not offensive to our way of life. I was offended that it was for sale in a Catholic School (we are Christian, not Catholic) in the first place. I am disgusted that so many Christian parents are allowing it.

It's another grey area (luke warm). Love stories, yes. Vampires, absolutely not. My daughter didn't know what a vampire was, we have never allowed her to watch horror movies. All of her friends are reading the series and it took allot of explaining to make her understand why it was not a good book. It was not her fault, she didn't know. It's up to parents to be watching and paying attention.
Laura, age 37 (Canada)
I have not seen this movie (“Twilight”) but these are my comments. As you can see, I am not a teen; mine are grown thank goodness! But my comment would be that as a christian and having placed God first in my heart and believing what the Bible says, how can this movie be good for our teens? there is nothing Godly about vampires, and using God's name in vain. The comment was, His name was profaned only twice! That is enough for me! If we go by the word of God, and keep our thoughts and minds are what is pure, holy etc. then I don't see how christians could watch this movie. We are in this world not of it. Thank you.
Diane, age fifty
Most people treat things like vampirism as fantasy and as make believe. The truth is that for many people vampirism is very real. I lead a ministry that seeks to help people who have been involved in witchcraft, occult, satanism, vampirism and other forms of darkness to find freedom. We don't go looking for people to tell them they need to be free. They come to us, desperate to find freedom from something that started as a curiosity.

I've dealt with 4 people who actually were intimately involved with literal vampires. All of them were either ended up in lock down mental institutions or one was in a federal prison. Here in the western world, we downplay the reality of what Jesus dealt with on a daily basis, which is the reality of evil spirits. Jesus cast out evil spirits and trained his followers to do so. Vampirism is not specifically mentioned in the bible but anyone who is willing to search will find the occult origins and can see that their is nothing Christian about vampirism. It is not fantasy for a lot more young people than you would realize. Kids become fascinated by something while reading the books then dabble in what they are fascinated by.

Parents don't be fooled. Your kids are trying the stuff they are reading a whole lot more than you realize. I know, they end up confiding in me.
Richard Mull, age 44 (USA)
My friend and I were watching a movie together when we first saw the preview for “Twilight.” We decided that when it came out in theaters we would go see it. After months of waiting, “Twilight” was finally being shown at the closest movie theater. All of a sudden, God told me not to go. I was very sad at what I knew I had to do, but I called my friend and told her to go with out me. And am I glad. The only thing that my friend talks about is “Twilight” and “Christian/Mormon” vampires.

I know many girls that all they talk about is how cool vampires are and how there is nothing wrong with blood-sucking creatures. I have a lot of friends that have made “Twilight” their idol. I do not think think that Jesus would go and watch a movie about “good” vampires.
Hannah B., age 13 (USA)
I was so glad to hear some of the comments by others who didn't actually view the movie, but knew enough about it to realize it was NOT something a follower of Christ should watch. People, please, wake up! Most movies are ungodly in one way or another. Either by profane words, sexual undertones, or evil. We are losing a whole generation because of this. Is is really worth the “entertainment?”
Mj, age 46 (USA)
…This movie is clearly unscriptural and “Christians” seem to be fawning over it as much as the world. To compare a vampire movie to the scripture is insane. It seems like “the church” tries to “Christianize” everything. The church is in a mess because we can't discern right form wrong. The culture has so infected the church that we don't look any different than they do. Can we, “Gods people” please stop trying to be so culturally in tune that we become spiritually out of tune. I work with young people and they don't need to hear confusing messages about The Gospel. It's bad enough that the world's kids are messed up but let's not further damage the young people in “the body” with lies. …
Malcolm Parker
I haven't actually seen this movie yet (see P.S.), but decided to check out your review (which I often do) because of all the buzz this movie has been receiving lately. I was really surprised, however that the reviewer gave this movie a “better than average” rating suggesting that the movie is only slightly objectionable—even though the reviewer goes on to suggest that the Lord's Name is profaned twice. Somehow, because the protagonists do not give in to sexual temptation even though plenty of opportunities seem to exist and because they exhibit qualities that could substitute for Christian values, the reviewer seems to suggest this may actually be a better of a kind movie for young minds.

What is really a point of concern to me however, is that a number of these young minds, who seemed to have really enjoyed the (book) and the movie seem to be displaying a very unhealthy interest in the whole “business” of vampires. Some people I know seem to think “vampires” are so cool, and with easy access to the Internet, I am not surprised at the plenty of Goggle searches on “vampires”—their communities, initiation, etc., etc.

Perhaps most of the readers here consider the whole “vampire” genre fictitious or too fantastical to be true. History is replete, however, with periods of unflattering obsession with vampires, and even today many self-proclaimed vampires exist. What concerns me, however, is the nonchalant manner in which the Christian community is reacting to these stories. While Lewis, Tolkien and others have used fantasy (and fiction) as a means of articulating the Christian worldview, there is a clear distinction in their portrayals between “good” and “evil,” and evil is never passed off as good. For a Christian to “let down their guard,” so to speak, and pass off what is distinctly “evil” as just another harmless story seems to me a very dangerous thing to do. Our generation is already obsessed with “the spiritual,” but unlike previous generations also is severely lacking in a Christian foundation based on Scripture and reason. In the absence of sound Christian education and catechism, an unhealthy interest in “vampires” and its ilk, only provide further opportunities for our generation to become ensnared with the occult.

“Avoid every appearance of evil”—1 Thessalonians 5:22. …
Clinton, age 33
I just wanted to comment on this statement in the “Twilight” review: “Most importantly, any Christians who date should study God’s word and pray together. This will strengthen the relationship and help build spiritual armor against any temptation.” I would add a word of caution about people in a relationship praying together—based on stories of friends, I can see how it can create an intimacy that moves things along too quickly, because when you pray, you may express heartfelt desires and become more intensely attracted to the other person. Even prayer together should be considered with wisdom, and it might not be appropriate for some couples. Perhaps family prayer or a prayer group would bring more safety and accountability than prayer where there's only two.
Roxanne Olson, age 39 (USA)
While I'm as much in favor of a good, wholesome love story as the next person, I have stayed away from “Twilight” because the main romantic lead is a vampire. Package it however you want, demonic is demonic. If you search the web, you'll find there are huge numbers of people who take vampirism seriously as a way of life. This is a real, populated, established subculture.

Movies like “Twilight” normalize such deviance, and serve to draw in susceptible people. We are told to avoid even the appearance of evil! While I am sure there are Christians out there who have watched it, enjoyed it, and come out unscathed, there are scores of others—especially impressionable unbelievers—who have been drawn further from Christ and closer to occult involvement because of this “propaganda”—as I would have been in my pre-Christian days! A beautiful movie like this can be extremely powerful.

I say, just because it's “lawful” for me to see it doesn't mean it is right to see it. My example may normalize something that could be harmful to another, beliver or unbeliever. As a follower of Jesus, I just can't do it.
Suzanne, age 47 (USA)
I absolutely refuse to see this film. And, unfortunately, whenever I make the decision not to engage a very worldy movie, such as this one, Satan inevitably puts it in front of me. I went to have my nails done—and instead of showing the news, which they always have on, they decided that day to plug in the DVD player and proudly show “Twilight.” I should have walked out as soon as I saw that, but I decided to turn my face from the screen for the half hour I was in there.

That's right, I actually refused to watch the movie. Shouldn't that be the case with ALL Christians? I saw the non-viewer post from the pastor below and couldn't believe he would advocate for some to watch the film! I also will not be coming back to this review site. For you to say that this film has some value, and ONLY profanes the Lord's name twice is appalling!

I commend those of you who wrote to tell the harsh Truth that this film is anything but righteous. And the only thing that shocks me more than your advocating for a family sit-down to talk about the movie is the fact that Christians are actually holding “Twilight” Bible studies.

This is a perfect example of those who are calling evil, good and good, evil. Glorifying the undead would be exactly a Satanic agenda—there are no good Vampires—puh-lease! Christians, WAKE UP! You cannot be a friend of the world and a friend of God.

Choose therefore whom you will serve. It is going to cost us something to follow Christ; the cost is we must turn from the worldy ways and pick up our cross. Paul would have never advocated for engaging demonic activity for entertainment value, we are to turn and flee from it. “Twilight” is a glaring example of a worldy thing we must flee from!

One cannot serve two masters! He will either love one and hate the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the second…

Here is to praying that the conviction and Truth of the Holy Spirit rests upon each and every one of you.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
Savannah, age 26 (USA)