‘New Moon’ reviews – what are the critics saying? — Now that the hype machine is winding down for publicity for The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the focus shifts away from the actors a bit and on to the ever-important audience–both fans and readers of the book by Stephenie Meyer from which the movie was adapted and professional movie critics who will judge this movie with an eye toward where it fits with the hundreds of other movies they have watched this year.  So, how is New Moon, starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, doing with the the professional movie critics so far?

Well, so far, not so hot.  At RottenTomatoes.com, a review collector, the overall score so far is a disappointing 29% out of 100 with 115 reviews counted.  The movie fares a bit better among Top Critics at 37%.  Here is a sampling of their comments:

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:

“The Twilight Saga: New Moon takes the tepid achievement of Twilight, guts it, and leaves it for undead.”

Nancy Gibbs, Time Magazine:

“Twihards will appreciate director Chris Weitz’s faithfulness to the source text even as he improves on it.”

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone:

“I can’t comment on the acting because I didn’t catch Pattinson, Stewart and Lautner doing any. They basically primp and pose through the same humdrum motions they did before.”

Michael Philips, Chicago Tribune:

“Wisely New Moon brings back screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, who continues to prove she has a much better way with English than the author of the books, Stephenie Meyer.”

Manohla Dargis, New York Times:

“The big tease turns into the long goodbye in The Twilight Saga: New Moon.”

Ella Taylor, Village Voice:

“Alone of all the earnest players in this turgidly euphemistic melodrama, Sheen seems to grasp that the only way you can keep a straight face through this choked-up virginity is to carry it way into camp.”

Claudia Puig, USA Today:

“Though an improvement over the first Twilight film, this sequel (both based on Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling books) drags and sputters, even in scenes meant to be infused with passion.”