Picks and Pans Review: Twilight

updated 12/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Peter Facinelli, Billy Burke, Taylor Lautner | PG-13|

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In a formula as old as Romeo and Juliet, our teen heroine falls for a troubled young tough guy. How can she resist his smoldering stare and fervent vow "You are my life now"? So he's a vampire. No one's perfect.

Twilight, in case you've been off visiting Pluto, is based on the first of four bestselling novels by Stephenie Meyer chronicling the romance between Bella (Stewart) and blood-sucking Edward (Pattinson). As directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen), the film gets the swoony obsessiveness of teen love just right. Stewart has a lovely bruised quality to her, and Pattinson has mastered a look of dark longing. These kids hunger for each other so mightily (literally, in his case) it hurts. It's all a mite silly, but not if you're 14.

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