The film was released last month in the US, and didn't fare too well with the critics. It stood at a Rotten 45% on the Tomatometer, with the critics feeling that it didn't live up to the source material, and many bemoaning the chemistry (or lack of) between Bella and Edward, played by Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. But, perhaps due to the more muted level of popularity of the source material here in blighty, the UK critics have really fallen for Twilight. From the 20 reviews collated today, only one review came in unfavourably, and even The Sun's critic The Sneak admitted that the film was "A superior high school romance, which looks set to live on after the sun has set on Hogwarts." So with UK reviews only Twilight would stand at a much more respectable (and Fresh) 95% on the Tomatometer. Critics swooned over the breathless romance and dark but well-meaning tone, meaning that Twilight may just be the hit of the winter season with Will Lawrence from Empire saying "A sometimes girlie swirl of obsession that will delight fans, this faithful adaptation is after teenage blood, and will most likely hit a box office artery."
Full article here, from Rotten Tomatoes: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/twilight/news/1787184/uk_critics_consensus_twilight_shines_in_the_uk_reviews
This is the issue with anything that's been subjected to so much hype: it almost inevitably fails to live up to expectations, and therefore somewhat disappoints (*coughBDcough*). Where there are less or no expectations (as in the UK, so the essay surmises), perhaps there are more open minds and greater acceptance? But given that Twilight is out, methinks New Moon and the rest of the sequels can no longer escape the even more heightened hype and scrutiny, and the expectation that Weitz and cast improve on the flaws of the first. So it's pretty hopeless to keep one's expectations at bay...bring on New Moon!
Anyway, I posted this because I'm glad more reviewers liked the film. I sincerely liked it myself.