2 1/2 stars
Ultra-violent tale of people reduced to their worst selves by competition in the drug trade.
Crowd-pleasing musical romance is flawed but enjoyable.
A necessary evil…
Sandra Dee’s charm bolsters pleasant, if mild, comedy.
Slight teen romantic comedy features engaging performances.
Over-faithful adaptation will please fans of the books but few others.
Weaknesses in screenplay and direction stymie success of third movie in Twilight Saga, but stunning visuals, well-choreographed action, and a renewed focus on the Cullens elevate it.