*SPOILER POST* "It’s his best performance yet and an Oscar-caliber one by Robert Pattinson." + NEW STILL

*SPOILER POST* "It’s his best performance yet and an Oscar-caliber one by Robert Pattinson." + NEW STILL

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We've been collecting all the fantastic reviews Rob's been getting. He may like to linger on the few bad reviews but we loooooooove the fact he has a majority of EXCELLENT reviews! There's also a new still (2nd pic in the post) from American Cinematographer magazine. Click HERE if you want to read the scans and HERE if you missed another great article from DP, Natasha Braier. If you've seen The Rover, its great to go back and read these technical notes. Or am I just being a nerd about that stuff?

Anywho...here are the previous posts with The Rover reviews and make sure to still go out and support The Rover (check Fandango for theaters near you).
Treat this post as a spoiler post especially if the reviews inspire you to gush about how brilliant and nuanced Rob's performance is in The Rover.
On with the Rob-is-freakin-awesome-in-The-Rover show....

James Dranko TV:
Robert Pattinson (Rey) plays the character showpiece of the film. It was obvious from the trailer he was going to be and he does not let down in any kind of way. He makes the screen snap, in every scene he’s in. You can’t take your eyes off Rey for fear of missing a single word he might say or movement he may make. Despite the Twlight series I’ve known the guy could act. I loved “Remember Me” and he proves it in “Cosmopolis” and will continue to do so through a long career. “The Rover” did not have box office success but the industry will take note of his performance. Trust. He will leave Edward Cullen far behind soon enough. Rey had multi-layered characteristics and quirks, he was the most developed of all of the roles. It’s his best performance yet and an Oscar-caliber one by Pattinson.
Marshall and the Movies (A-):
It’s Robert Pattinson’s Rey who makes every moment memorable on the way to the destination. Clad in an oversized T-shirt and baggy jeans the entire film, Pattinson effortlessly conveys how uneasy Rey feels in his own skin. He resists typical tropes of playing half-witted characters, instead providing a deeply humane portrait of a 12-year-old mind trapped in a 28-year-old body. In a film largely about ideas and large themes, Pattinson provides a crucial emotional entry to “The Rover.” He manages to draw out remarkable empathy, both in us and eventually even somewhat in Eric. His minuscule facial motions illuminate a world of internal torment that expresses itself in the simple desire for acceptance and respect. This tender work fulfills all the promise Robert Pattinson showed in “Cosmopolis” and heralds the arrival of a truly great actor whose talents might one day overpower all the tabloid headlines.
Reel Speak:
As good as he is, this show is stolen by Robert Pattinson. His character is a lost soul; dim-witted and maybe even a little mentally challenged…and Pattinson nails it at every turn. He generates sympathy and disgust towards his character all at the same time, and it is a signal to the world that he is ready to shop in the grown-up section.
The Film Rush:
Rey is arguably the single good soul in the movie, a man who only wants to be more than what everyone has told him he is. Robert Pattinson’s performance is a master class in control. All the physical idiosyncrasies could easily have come across as mannered and technical, but Pattinson makes them seem effortless, as if springing from a deep well of damaged psyche. There’s an astonishing scene near the end of the film, as Rey, on the precipice of doing something stupid, sits alone in a car, in the dark, and sings along to a pop song. Does he understand the implications of what he’s about to do? Possibly, although he gives no sign either way—no evidence of nerves, no hint of apprehension. Just a simple action, sweet and childlike in its innocence. It’s a beautiful moment, the calm before a violent storm, and Pattinson hits it perfectly. If there was ever any question that he’s thrown off the shackles of Edward Cullen and matured into a gifted actor, “The Rover” answers it loud and clear.
Spotlight Report:
Whilst Pearce appears to be dead inside, Pattinson’s sweet naivety and loyalty is endearing. He has misplaced hope in a world where there is no place for such luxuries. He plays the role perfectly and flexes acting muscles that have previously lain dormant in the less challenging roles he is known for, capturing the stunning simplicity of his character.
It's Just Movies (9/10):
If Guy Pierce is as good as ever, it is the startling performance by Pattinson that nearly steals the show. Having a track record consisting mostly of profitable teen-age “Twilight Saga” credits, Pattinson had to buck a huge gravitational pull towards the trivial to fill the shoes of the mentally disabled and weak-kneed, but remarkably adaptable and inwardly tough, armed criminal Rey.
Joel On Film:
The second of the great performances--and perhaps the better one, though comparisons are cheap--comes courtesy of Robert Pattinson, who plays Rey. He's Henry's half-wit brother, far from an idiot savant but also not quite an idiot. He has his own reasons for keeping quiet when Eric questions him about his brother's whereabouts. Rey was left behind in that aftermath of that Mexican stand-off, thought dead by Henry and his goons. And, indeed, he's grievously injured (possibly a gunshot to the left of his abdomen). Pattinson is magnetic in his approach to this loose cannon of a character, adopting a seamless Southern American accent and a nervy physicality.
I must say, I’m extremely impressed with Robert Pattinson. In the years since the last “Twilight” film, he has made a conscious effort to leave behind the teen-heartthrob persona, and take his work as an actor seriously. It shows in this film, he’s by far one of the best things about this film, sure Guy Pearce can play mad/crazy, but this simple-minded victim that Pattinson portrays is far more intricate than the gruffly Pearce character.
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It’s the kind of character that could easily be too big, too showy, and lose its authenticity; but Pattinson never crosses that line. He shows us something behind this character’s eyes, a humanity that his counterpart has deeply buried.
The Hodgepodge Podcast:
The real surprise for me was Robert Pattinson as Rey. Rey isn’t Of Mice and Men’s Lennie levels of simple, but it’s clear that he’s not the brightest bulb in the pack and Pattinson plays the part so well. Because of his association with the critically-lambasted Twilight films, there is a belief out there that Pattinson is a bad actor when in reality, the Twilight films are just bad movies. He’s actually quite good and really shines here.
Keepin It Reel:
Holy shit, hands down Best Supporting Actor right now, Robert Pattinson. I never thought I would say this, but he is fantastic in this role! This is the first performance of his that A) I liked and B) the first that I've seen that I just didn't recognize him at all. He disappears into the role and plays it for all it's worth.
Look It's Eugene Abano:
Then we have Pattinson’s portrayal of Rey… my goodness. There’s some great acting going on here, Pattinson really shines (pun intended).
Amazingly, Pattinson, who has long been the butt of too many a joke, holds his own against Pearce’s patented brand of laconic ferocity. The younger actor perhaps even eclipses him here, if for no other reason than the efficacy of his performance is so surprising. Having long been relegated to roles which capitalize on his looks, Pattinson has steadily continued to push himself as an actor, particularly in recent years as he has attempted to escape the sparkly shadow of Edward Cullen. His Rey is an intriguing creature, appearing initially to be little more than a hapless dolt, but slowly revealing an affecting emotional dependency (on Pearce’s character) but also a hidden capability to survive.
Medium (4/5):
While Pearce’s performance is no real surprise, Pattinson steals the show, proving that he is an actual actor and not the pretty boy that the awful ‘Twilight’ adaptations have made him out to be. Pattinson stammers and twitches as Rey, a character whose thought process is a little bit slower than your average young man, but is still able to convey his feelings through simple sentences and memories. I can’t speak highly enough about the film’s watchability because of these two performances, which leads one to question whether or not the characters are bonding.
At The Picture Show:
It's an exceptional performance from Pearce - there's a controlled sense of madness and anger in him that's fascinating to watch - and Pattinson gives his best performance yet as Eric's somewhat unwilling, and uncertain, companion. The film is at its best when it's a two-hander between Pearce and Pattinson, as their characters - whose understanding of the world could not be more at odds - reconcile the absence of moral order in a world that's left them for dead.
Reel Freak:
Pattinson is probably the most surprising part about The Rover, proving that he deserves a lot more credit as an actor than just “that guy from Twilight”. We saw solid dramatic acting from him previously in movies like Water for Elephants a few years back, but this sets a whole new level of appreciation for his talent. He is able to pull off this sort of simple-man character and pairs up extremely well with Guy Pearce’s character.
it's Robert Pattinson who steals much of the spotlight in this dystopian crime drama. A couple years removed from his teeny-bopper past and with films like the critically panned Cosmopolis allowing him to flex his post-Edward muscle, Pattinson plays the dumb dirtbag Rey to a tee, complete with loose-fitting pants, limp, shallow stare and penchant for over-played pop songs (one scene finds him mumbling along to Keri Hilson's "Pretty Girl Rock" to great success).
Film Fisher:
Pattinson disappears into the role, revealing a well of talent untapped by the Twilight films. His tics and neuroses feel unaffected, not calculated, and he is able to balance Rey’s cluelessness with an innocent charm while also selling his naked emotional vulnerability.
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