Robert Pattinson's 'Cosmopolis' Reviews Are In: What the Critics are Saying

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Robert Pattinson is back on the big screen Friday — but in a world far, far away from Twilight.

In director David Cronenberg's philosophical new dark drama, Cosmopolis, Pattinson plays Eric Packer, a 28-year-old billionaire finance honcho who drifts across New York City in a technologically advanced limo on his way to get a haircut.

The role is Pattinson's latest step away from his Edward Cullen persona. His past non-Twilight projects, however --such as Remember Me, Bel Ami and Water for Elephants -- have struggled.

Pattinson's promotion of the film has been overshadowed — at least, in part — by the headline-grabbing scandal surrounding his relationship with longtime love Kristen Stewart, who admitted to an affair with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders last month.

But Pattinson has effectively — if awkwardly at times — dodged prying questions about his personal life throughout his recent publicity blitz, which kicked off Monday on The Daily Show.

So the still question remains: can 'Cosmopolis' — adapted from Don DeLillo's 2003 novel — draw ticket sales from Pattinson's die-hard 'Twilight' fans?

So far, reviews of Cosmopolis — and Pattinson — are mixed. While Gawker finds the film "hypnotic," the Associated Press' no-holds-barred review deems it "lifeless [and] stagey." As for Pattinson, the Huffington Post claims the "dull actor" is "reduced to a piece of furniture," while The Daily Beast applauds his "impressively self-assured performance."

Read on to see how the critics weighed in on Pattinson's latest film.

Film Journal: "The claustrophobia of it all actually works to Cronenberg’s advantage, highlighting the knife-like performances and emphasizing the surprisingly effective notes of deadpan comedy. Cosmpolis loses some of its energy later when the action departs more from the tightened actors’ studio of the limo. But Cronenberg still maintains his tone of ironic prophecy, showing a world being spun towards chaos by a furiously accelerating present."

LA Weekly: "Cronenberg, the great auteur of the divided self, seems to run out of fuel after that, even as the story's structure gives him further opportunity to explore his pet themes. To the extent that Cosmopolis functions as a super-literal conceptual exercise, it's simultaneously irritating and fascinating. But much of the film fails to function as drama, and never more so than in the interminable final scene, a two-hander in which Packer finally confronts his would-be assassin in what could be rooms of his own mind."

Huffington Post: "...Whenever he strays outside the Twilight compound, Pattinson is a dull actor who projects no interior life or even the semblance of thought.... In the company of actual actors, Pattinson is reduced to a piece of furniture, most of which displays more expressiveness than the immortal R-Patz. As one would expect from Cronenberg, there are sudden moments of shocking violence to go with the moments of unsexy sex. None of it will distract you from the fact that this limo, like the whole enterprise titled Cosmopolis, is going nowhere."

Gawker: "Cosmopolis doesn't want to incense you—it wants to chill your blood.... But with Cosmopolis, Pattinson portrays a different kind of vampire, an inhuman monster who lives off others' hard work and has to barricade himself away from the masses... so Pattinson falls into a fine tradition of Hollywood celebrities screwing with their fans' heads.... The characters in Cosmopolis aren't user-friendly and aren't meant to be. But once you get into the film's peculiar rhythms, Cosmopolis becomes hypnotic — a surreal, hyper-aware updating of our modern anxieties about the dehumanization brought on by wealth, power and technology."

Entertainment Weekly: "Pale and predatory, Pattinson delivers his frigid pensées with rhythmic confidence, but he's not playing a character, he's playing an abstraction: the evil genius of finance who flies too close to the sun. After a while Eric finally meets a force he can't control — the man who may be trying to kill him, played by Paul Giamatti with the only semblance of spontaneity in the movie. But who cares what happens? Cronenberg has already killed off his protagonist. Or at least he has snuffed out any shred of interior life in him."

Associated Press: "Lifeless, stagey and lacking a palpable subversive pulse despite the ready opportunities offered by the material, Cosmopolis is a stillborn adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel that will initially attract some Robert Pattinson fans but will be widely met with audience indifference.... Pattinson doesn't help matters by revealing nothing behind the eyes and delivering nearly all his lines with the same rhythm and intonations, plus repetitive head nods in the bargain. It's a tough character that perhaps a young Jeremy Irons could have made riveting, but Pattinson is too bland and monotonous to hold the interest."

Indiewire: "This in part explains why Cosmopolis is such a triumph: it’s both an exceptional adaptation and a remarkable work unto itself."

Daily Beast: "The good news is that he’s actually good — or at least utterly believable — in Cosmopolis. As young billionaire Eric Packer, Pattinson delivers a tightly controlled and impressively self-assured performance. With the performance free of the overwrought mannerisms — the weird faces, the emotional outbursts — that give his critics most of their ammunition, the biggest complaint one could have about Pattinson’s work here is that it’s too restrained."

Will you check out Cosmopolis in theaters? Weigh in below.

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  • janet interdonatoj
    janet interdonatoj

    IS SAW ROBERT PATTINSON OUTSIDE OF MOMA-PREMIRE OF COSMOPOLIS. HE IS SO GEORGOUS IN PERSON,THAT PICTURES DONOT DO HIM JUSTICE.HE HAS THAT CERTAIN SOMETHING THAT MAKES HIM DIFFERENT FROM SO MANY OTHE CELEBRETIES. HE HAS STAR POWER,AND SCREEN PRESENCE, HE IS AN INFLUENTIAL STAR WHO HANDLES HIMSELF WITH CLASS. LOOKS GO SO FAR IN LIFE AND ROBERT PATTINSON HAS SO MUCH IN HIS FAVOUR THAN JUST HIS FACE. WISH HIM THE BEST OF LUCK WITH ALL HIS FUTURE ENDEAVOR.

  • Hirohisa
    Hirohisa

    if you don't like him why are you on his site!! and duh edward can't exssit we aren't stupid!! anyways back to a love like that exssiting not every relationship has to get boring if you really truly love the person then you go through life together and that is an adventure itself since life can be a roller coaster ride and you might find your self facing new challenges with that person!! i watch my parents relationship of 15 years and they aren't bored, and my grandparents of like 50 years there's still isn't boring!! i see where you are coming from though but those are people who aren't really in love then they do get bored!!lastly i'm proud of Robert for not losing his head to all his new found fame!!

  • Denise
    Denise

    Okay he's putting out a ctetrgeie on the statue's head. I have to admit, that's the first thing that I've ever seen him do that I don't appreciate. He could just stop smoking and that would eliminate the need to put out the ctetrgeie in inappropriate ways. And he's smoking right next to the kid, second hand smoke kills. Well, I've double checked and I don't see the ctetrgeie in the pics with the little girl so maybe he didn't do that, thank goodness. I just love him to death and I want to be able to think well of him.

  • Non
    Non

    I love him. He's very gentleman. I wish Rob meet the girl that think like him ,real love and can be trusted. Please don't be sad, if you sad I. feel sad too.

  • Jane
    Jane

    Love this guy and plan to follow his career for a long time. Very refreshing to see a real gentleman in Hollywood for a change.

  • kiki
    kiki

    i find it funny that you are so obsessd with rob. you post on all articles about him, and spread rumors that he is a cheater. you are giving yourself away there nonbert/krisbian.

  • kiki
    kiki

    why didn't you guys add peter travers review?

  • Gracin
    Gracin

    No matter how handsome fans think Rob is he can't act. He's wooden and brings no depth to any character he plays.

  • Cristina Kozain
    Cristina Kozain

    It remains a terrible actor, all he does is just to show up!

  • Cristina Kozain
    Cristina Kozain

    It has very bad critical of the movie, but especially about the performance of this bad actor, go inform yourself!!

  • Cristina Kozain
    Cristina Kozain

    The real problem with this guy is that he's a terrible actor!! He has not changed, is the same expressionless vampire of Twilight ..... horrible of truth!!

  • zum
    zum

    as if he would know you dimwit!

  • Bev
    Bev

    And you wonder why Rob fan have stopped following you. WFE did not struggle, neither did Remember Me. Both made their budgets back and then some. Something most blockblusters dont do. And Cosmopolis has overwhelming good reviews and is fresh on RT. Again something most blockbusters dont have. Cosmopolis will not and was not intended to make a lot of money. It is an arthouse film in extreme limited release.

  • sammieanne
    sammieanne

    I do not understand George Clooney and other actors did not make much money from movies I would never see it i Roger Roper ( I believe that his name ) rates a movie an A or B+ I would not see the movie automatic boreing,Robs movie would be seen by people that like him I like Brad Pitt, not all o his movies. Critic are just mean and DO NOT speak or everyone.

  • anna
    anna

    wow robert you r so cute y did kristen cheat on you