Twilight Saga: New Moon, the vampire romance expected to top $100 million on this weekend's box office, debuted Friday in the United States.

The film starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner is the sequel of Twilight. The movie tells the story of a student Bella Swan (Stewart) who falls in love with a vampire, Edward Cullen (Pattinson) and her friendship with Jacob Black (Lautner).

Early reviews praise the director's faithfulness to the source text and say the film will please twilighters. But overall, film reviews compiled in the Rottentomatoes site assign only 29 percent of positive reviews to the movie.

Read below some of the most outstanding reviews compiled from top critics, as compiled by

Twihards will appreciate director Chris Weitz's faithfulness to the source text, even as he improves on it, Nancy Gibbs- Time Magazine 

New Moon suffers from a mild case of second-chapter syndrome; symptoms include the laborious establishing of conflicts, a general air of drift and pointlessness, and a cliffhanger ending. An unappealing formula, but oddly effective, Leo Robson - Financial Times

Michael O'Sullivan from the Washington Post said, Despite melodrama that, at times, is enough to induce diabetes, there's enough wolf whistle in this sexy, scary romp to please anyone.

All three lovers are so joyless, it's hard to imagine why any of them would want to spend eternity together,  David Germain - Associated Press.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon takes the tepid achievement of Twilight, guts it, and leaves it for undead, Roger Ebert - Chicago Star Tribune.