The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13) is already filling theaters with fans raring to have their hormones tingled by hunky, half-naked werewolves, pasty and pouty vampires, and the wishy-washy human caught between. Bella (Kristen Stewart) is edging closer to losing her virginity and mortality to bloodsucker Edward (Robert Pattinson), hurting the feelings of Jacob (Taylor Lautner, playing an Indian convincingly wooden). Same old, same old.
"With each addition to the Twilight series, it becomes clearer that one movie condensing all four Stephenie Meyers books would be the most painless way to tell this repetitive story," wrote Times film critic Steve Persall. "Kind of like snatching off a Band-Aid, rather than tugging it slowly."
Not that it matters what critics say. Twihards have a predisposition to believe each Twilight flick is the greatest thing ever, or at least the last one. Persall still believes there's hope for them. Read his take on Eclipse (grade C-) at tampabay.com/features.