REVIEWS: "After this, it's hard to imagine Pattinson not being able to tackle anything that's thrown at him" + NEW STILL

REVIEWS: "After this, it's hard to imagine Pattinson not being able to tackle anything that's thrown at him" + NEW STILL



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More amazing reviews for Rob's work in The Rover! Check out previous praise too...
Beer Movie:
His performance is excellent though and coming nearish enough to a totally different turn in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis (2012) shows he has quite the range.
Destroy The Brain:
Guy Pearce’s gives a scathing performance as the antihero and Pattinson really outdoes himself in his role. One may find it hard to look past his embarrassing association with the Twilight series, but he truly is a talented actor, which he proves one again in The Rover.
Many would love to push Robert Pattinson into a corner and relegate him to the lover/pretty boy roles that a lesser actor would have done after The Twilight Series (see: Taylor Launder). Pattinson seems to be making a very clear message with his performance in The Rover, he’s come to play. There is a reason that Michod cast Pattinson as the co-lead in this film. Though some would argue it is the financing of said project depended on it (it probably, partially did), I would say it is more than that. Michod saw something in Pattinson. An alley and confidant in the same manner that Pearce was. Pattinson is a revelation as Rey. All detractors can no longer considered the actor, “that guy from the Twilight movies”. There isn’t an ounce of vanity in his performance. What could have been a performance that devolved into a one note joke, is anything but. There’s a sense of confusion and anger that Pattison imbues in Rey that is at once brilliant and subtle choice. The moments that Pearce and Pattinson share (most of the film is the two) that other actors would be swallowed whole. Pattinson proves to be an equally nimble performer as his seasoned co-star. One hopes that Pattison moves in this direction and judging by the directors he has worked with post-Twilight (e.g. David Cronenberg), even if the results are mixed (see: Cosmopolis) his performances are interesting (again see: Cosmopolis).
Pattinson does a commendable job moving beyond his sparkly vampire period, especially in a heart-wrenching scene with McNairy
Tiny Mix Tapes:
Robert Pattinson pulls off something miraculous here, imbuing the young man such with delicacy and sweetness that you feel for him even at his lowest moments. It’s a revelatory performance that should hopefully scrub away any lingering doubts about Pattinson’s abilities.
Ain't It Cool:
But the real surprise here is Pattinson, who has certain improved since the TWILIGHT films petered out. He's given a real opportunity with The Rover to dig his fangs into the best role he's ever been given, and he responds in kind with his finest performance to date.
Brightest Young Things:
I must admit, this may be Robert Pattinson’s best role to date; after the Twilight fiasco, he’s proving a capable actor.  While he does well as the glassy eyed businessman in Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, Rey is bursting with character. From his stuttered speech, his many tics, and his ability to veer from pure bravado to utter cowardice, Pattinson does an absolutely fantastic job portraying the slightly off balance (and put off) younger brother. In fact, he easily outshines Guy Pearce in most (if not all) of their scenes together.
Pattinson’s twitchy and overtalkitive acting is a perfect complement to Michôd’s devastating cinematography and soundtrack. The Outback has never looked as desolate as it does during The Rover’s wide shots (this is a harsh landscape like 2005′s The Proposition, also starring Pearce). Likewise, the emptiness and foreboding nature of the wilderness is compounded by Antony Partos’ excellent score.
Movie Fanatic:
The surprise here is Pattinson. He plays an American and nails the accent. He also is a bit slow, and his moments of lack of clarity could have been played formulaic. Instead, it is a revelation of talent from the man who is desperately trying to have audiences take him seriously as something more than Edward Cullen. And he achieves that with this riveter.
We Are Movie Geeks:
Twi-Hards expecting the sparkly, handsome man that they fell in love with as Edward will be sadly disappointed. Instead, they will be greeted by a slow talking, dirty kid who is severely lacking in the IQ department. Having said that, he is phenomenal! Pattinson’s performance surprised me, and left me impressed. He’s making smart film choices, and it shows!

Pearce and Pattinson have an amazing chemistry together, and carry this film in a way that most actors wouldn’t be able to. While neither character is very likable, they somehow manage to make the audience invest in their journey through the incredible Australian landscape. Michôd paints a tonally somber, yet eerily beautiful background for Eric and Rey to exist in.
Toronto Sun:
The Rover is marked by strong performances and a striking creation of atmosphere courtesy cinematographer Natasha Braier and composer Antony Partos (who also did the score for director Michod on Animal Kingdom). The film is oppressive, which makes sense, given its themes, but what's on the screen elicits a visceral response. Expect to be flinching and twitching in your theatre seat.
Shorn of his distinctively luxuriant shock of hair and sporting rotten teeth, Robert Pattison is a far cry from the dreamy heartthrob of “Twilight” fame. The actor has struggled mightily to escape stereotyping. His various choices, as a distractingly moustachioed Salvador Dali in “Little Ashes,” an adulterous animal trainer in “Water for Elephants,” and a limousine-borne executive in David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis,” all proved unfortunate. Pattison’s deglamorized appearance and competent acting in this film may help him to finally be taken seriously.
But the surprise is Pattinson. Despite an already successful career in both blockbusters and indies, Pattinson's turn here stands as one of the biggest revelations to hit the screen in quite some time. By immersing himself so deeply into Rey's fragile psyche, with physical ticks that are instinctive rather than calculated, Pattinson completely redefines how we must consider his talent moving forward. The ease of his American southern twang (he's a Brit in real life) is so natural and convincing that, if you weren't the wiser, you'd suspect he'd just been yanked straight out of the hills of Appalachia. After this, it's hard to imagine Pattinson not being able to tackle anything that's thrown at him (dramatically, anyway).
Under The Gun:
Robert Pattinson, and I say this without any hesitation in my words, has finally transcended his Twilight fame to deliver a performance unlike anything he has ever done, and better, too. He plays the cinematic equal of an insecure small child trying to make whomever he is close with proud. A certain music cue about three quarters through the film goes to support this fact as he sings along with one of the most childish pop hits of the past couple of years. That isn’t to downplay his commanding presence though, Pattinson shows that he can act with the best of them and I personally can’t wait to see what he does next. Scoot McNairy (Argo, Monsters, Killing Them Softly) even shows up to play Rey’s criminal brother who is compelling in the scant amount of scenes he is in.
Technology Tell:
As for Pattinson’s performance, a great deal will be made about the fact that he “sullied” himself up and ultimately toned down his hunky nature to play Rey. I agree that the physical transformations he made are pretty impressive and I’ll even admit that the deep south American accent he adopted for the role is equally as remarkable. This unfamiliar territory is nowhere near the teen dream persona he assumed in “Twilight” and its many sequels. So, you WILL be impressed at the range he possesses during his performance in “The Rover.”


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