First 'Breaking Dawn' Reviews: Do They Even Matter?

[caption id="attachment_91522" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Summit"]The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1[/caption]

With "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" opening in one short week, fans are clamoring for tickets, with many shows sold out across the country. It's pretty clear that the vast hardcore audience for "Breaking Dawn" doesn't care too much what the movie reviewers have to say about this one.

At this point, you're either already a fan (like we are) or you're never going to be one.

Which is our way of saying that we're still excited for "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" even though the first reviews of it have just hit the internet -- and they aren't exactly positive.

Most reviewers, of course, are waiting until the movie actually comes out to post their thoughts on it. But given the hype surrounding "Breaking Dawn," the industry leaders -- Variety and The Hollywood Reporter -- apparently decided to get ahead of the curve by posting their thoughts now. And those thoughts aren't very cheery.

The big issue for both? The fact that "Breaking Dawn" was split into two parts, which for The Hollywood Reporter means that the movie "feels both bloated and as anemic as Bella herself becomes while enduring her pregnancy. The film is like a crab cake with three or four bits of crab in it surrounded by loads of bland stuffing. But many people can't tell the difference or don't care, which will be largely true for the film's captive audience." Hey, no offense taken?

Variety, though, gives the filmmakers some grudging (and cynical) props for the decision, because while they think it makes for a really boring movie, they appreciate what they see as a blatant cash grab. The fact that they actually liked the book makes it "all the more disappointing, then, that a story so pregnant with dramatic possibilities should wind up feeling like such an unconsummated opportunity. Drawn from Stephenie Meyer's polarizing, weirdly compelling fourth novel, the film is rich in surface pleasures but lacks any palpable sense of darkness or danger, which is a roundabout way of saying that Summit has protected its investment well."

So do you guys think two movies is going to end up being one too many for "Breaking Dawn?" Or considering the fact that most fans never want "Twilight" to end, are you happy to get extra time to luxuriate in the experience? Either way, we're sure of one thing: No matter what the reviewers say, we'll be right there with you in the theater to find out for ourselves.