Well how about that, 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' has transformed critical reaction to the vampire-and-werewolves-in-high-school series from silly kids stuff to filmmaking with teeth.

Early reviews are positive, citing a streamlined story, brisk action and an ability to wink at itself in this third cinematic installment of the Stephenie Meyer novels. Credit falls to the hand of new director David Slade ('Hard Candy,' '30 Days of Night').

The plot? In the Seattle of 'Eclipse,' a string of mysterious killings are taking place and those in the know suspect it's a vampire (Bryce Dallas Howard), building an army of powerful new vampires. In Bella's (Kristen Stewart) immediate world, graduation is drawing nearer and her heart is torn between Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner). Her choice could ignite passions at just the wrong time for everyone.

Read what the critics have to say: