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Are critics taking a bite out of 'Breaking Dawn'?

  • 'Twi-hards' and critics aren't always seeing eye-to-eye
  • 3000+ showtimes are sold out, but reviewers aren't all raving
  • Chicago Tribune says film 'begins to feel like yesterday's breaking dawn'
Are critics taking a bite out of 'Breaking Dawn'?

Uh-oh, it looks like film critics aren’t seeing eye-to-eye with "Twi-hard" fans.

Tweets, Facebook status updates, squeals of joy, and days spent camping out in tents with Edward Cullen’s face on them can only mean one thing -- fans are ecstatic about “Breaking Dawn,” the latest installment in the Twilight film saga.

The critics, on the other hand, have mixed feelings.

The legendary Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gives the film a middling two-and-a-half stars. He writes, “Kristen Stewart is really pretty good here, although like almost all actresses she believes pregnant women rub their baby bumps unceasingly.”

A fellow Chicagoan is slightly harsher. Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune sums up his review like this: “Whenever certain actors take the lead and set the pace of the dialogue, time itself begins to crawl backward and the breaking dawn begins to feel like yesterday's breaking dawn, or last Tuesday's.”

USA Today critic Scott Bowles, seems to have mixed feelings: “It is in many respects the best installment of the franchise as its stars go from sullen kids to sullen young adults, where their expressions look more natural.” Though he adds, "Let's face it: 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1' would be a blockbuster if the film were about Edward and Bella watching an apple rot."

Box office sales for this weekend’s most anticipated film are clearly stronger than its reviews. The movie opens in theaters tonight at midnight. According to Fandango, more than 3,000 showings across the country are already sold out. So is there at least one critic who sides with the adoring masses?

Actually, there is: The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis says she totally gave in to “Breaking Dawn," calling it “The latest and best of the movies about a girl, her vampire and their impossible, ridiculously appealing -- yes, I surrendered -- love story.”

Going to try your luck this weekend? Let us know what you think of the film!

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