New Moon Makes History Despite Bad Reviews

Well, it’s official—last night’s midnight screenings of New Moon raked in $26.27M and beat the record held by the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for most advance sales of any film ever!

Fans may be loving the on-screen chemistry between Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart (or Taylor Lautner, if thats your thing), but critics are not so keen on the Vampire flick.

Roger Ebert claims that the film’s characters “charisma is by Madame Tussaud.”

The Boston Globe remarks “Sorry, girls: The thrill is gone,” adding that “where the first film’s director, Catherine Hardwicke, plugged into [author Stephenie] Meyer’s vision of supernatural teenage lust with abandon, Chris Weitz is stuck with a sequel that’s a morning-after mope-fest.”

And Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times says Lautner and Kristen Stewart lack any sort of chemistry. “The connection between these two is so self-evidently non-romantic that it turns out not to be much of a diversion.”

The movie is expected to make $100 million over the weekend.

Have you seen New Moon yet? Do you agree with the critics?