Since the film has debuted at midnight last night, the reviews have started to pour in. It's a mixed bag, with the Rotten Tomatoes rating standing at 45%. Most of the reviewers are men, and they are pretty condescending to all those swooning teenage girls. Why is it supposed to be obvious why guys swoon over airheaded blonde cheerleader types, and male reviewers have to reveal their own insecurities wondering how it is that women see anything in a bad boy type like a gorgeous vampire when their nerdy self was ignored in high school? He's swoon worthy. Get over it. Note that Ebert gave Twilight 2 1/2 stars, and Quantum only 2.
These are some of my favorite lines from some of the reviews.
" Part of the appeal of the story is an almost-Victorian sense of repression, sacrifice, and longing, so sincerely depicted it just might single-handedly bring back the swoon." - Nell Minow
When he finally explains that he is a vampire, he goes up from 8 to 10 on her Erotometer. Why do girls always prefer the distant, aloof, handsome, dangerous dudes instead of cheerful chaps like me? - Roger Ebert (because they're hot, Roger!)
A self-described monster, he has all kinds of cool, superhuman powers (running, leaping, mind-reading), but nothing compares to how he masters his universe: he keeps his fangs in his mouth. That may make him catnip to anyone with OJD (obsessive Jonas Brothers disorder), but it also means he’s a bore, despite the efforts of the capable and exotically beautiful Mr. Pattinson. - A. O. Scott, NY Times (OJD! *snort*)
It rekindles the warmth of great Hollywood romances, where foreplay was the climax and a kiss was never just a kiss. - Richard Corliss, Time (This one's my favorite. Yes! He gets it!)
Invest any spare cash you have in companies that deal in hair gel. I have a feeling this film is going to be huge. - Peter Hartlaub, SF Chronicle (Yep, it's going to be huge.)