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Robert Pattinson's latest role to be released 'The Childhood of a Leader' had it's first screening at the Venice Film Festival a few hours ago and the first of the critical reviews are here:
"The Childhood of a Leader is a dark, enigmatic piece of work that hovers between visionary greatness and petty domestic triviality. Corbet's inaugural stint behind the camera marks a stunning debut and the finest film at Venice thus far."
"a US diplomat assisting the President, is drinking with Charles (Robert Pattinson), a journalist whose wife has recently died"
The Film Stage
"What could very easily be received as an irritating, pretentious feature debut is actually a display of controlled madness full of astute touches, like the use of Robert Pattinson’s persona in the few scenes he’s in. Let’s just hope the devoted fanbase he’s been leading into uncharted territory in the last few years will make it to the end of this one."
"Corbet’s assured direction of an excellent cast, it makes for an edgy, poetic mix with the dramatic potency of a good nightmare"
"Perhaps Robert Pattinson’s four brief appearances in the film will trick a few teenage girls into buying a ticket; if so, they’d better be prepared for an uncompromisingly grown-up, intelligent, allusive cineaste experience."
Eye for Film
"indeed it may seem like unfeasibly high praise but there are echoes of the masters (Luchino Visconti, notably) in Lol Crawley’s superb 35mm cinematography."
"the film fundamentally depends on the performances by the excellent European cast, that delivers solid turns. THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER also includes a cameo by ROBERT PATTINSON, who only appears for little under fifteen minutes of the film overall, but does so with great credibility."
We'll update as more reviews are published!