ROUND-UP: Media Reviews & Reactions To ‘The Rover’ Cannes Press Screening

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The Rover had it’s press screening in Cannes this morning and the media reviews and reactions have been pouring in.
Here are some of the first reviews and reactions. Keep checking back as we’re updating them all the time.

Variety:
“Pearce is fiercely impressive here as a man who gave up on the human race even before the latest round of calamities, and if there are occasional glimpses of the kinder, gentler man he might once have been, we are more frequently privy to his savage survival instincts. But it’s Pattinson who turns out to be the film’s greatest surprise, sporting a convincing Southern accent and bringing an understated dignity to a role that might easily have been milked for cheap sentimental effects.”

The Hollywood Reporter:
“Pattinson delivers a performance that, despite the character’s own limitations, becomes more interesting as the film moves along, suggesting that the young actor might indeed be capable of offbeat character work. But always commanding attention at the film’s center is Pearce, who, under a taciturn demeanor, gives Eric all the cold-hearted remorselessness of a classic Western or film noir anti-hero who refuses to die before exacting vengeance for an unpardonable crime.”

FirstShowing:
” The power of The Rover is in its silence, and bleak imagery. Michod’s choices and shots speak loudly without being loud.
(….)
I realize how much Michôd has hidden in the silence, in the quietness and dialogue-free moments. In turn, this makes every last word spoken that much more important.
(….)
Our actions often speak louder than words. Michôd has tapped into this with an original, gritty, and challenging post-apocalyptic drama. I must see it again, to get even more out of it, to find more in it, as I know there’s much more to it that I haven’t even discovered yet.”

Empire:
” Characters are well-drawn, despite long swathes without dialogue – Pearce is as strong as he’s ever been and Pattinson shows more range than many might expect.
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The Rover is one of those compellingly nasty visions of the future that has plenty to say about humanity – whether we want to hear it or not.”

Little White Lies
The story pacing and cinematography is sublimely assured. As Eric and Rey make their way across the deathly plains of some misc Aussie dustbowl towards the film’s delightful pay-off, Michôd makes it feel like there is all the time in the world. He has a talent for the self-contained set piece.

The Playlist:
“Bleak, brutal and unrelentingly nihilist, and with only sporadic flashes of the blackest, most mordant humor to lighten the load, it feels parched, like the story has simply boiled away in the desert heat and all that’s left are its desiccated bones. In a good way.”
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Pearce is reliably riveting as the totally stonefaced Man With No Name Except Maybe Eric, and Michod exploits his charisma for all its worth in the many extended takes of his inscrutable, unreadable mien, while Pattinson, who we were initially worried might be too tic-laden to fully convince, actually turns in a performance that manages to be more affecting than affected.”

Popsugar:
“The tense, gritty film, which pits Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson against each other at times — and makes them begrudging allies at others — won’t be for everyone, but it promises something powerful for those who can stomach its dismal worldview and brutal violence
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Pearce is the center of the film and a forceful presence as usual, but Pattinson puts in a formidable and truly transformative performance all his own”

The Star:
“This minimalist gem affords a chance to see ex-Twilight star Robert Pattinson at his dramatic best. He’s paired opposite Guy Pearce, also in top form”

Ecranlarge:
(Translated from French)
“The Rover is an absolute shock, an outstanding movie that carries the post apocalyptic trip towards unknown and paroxystic heights.
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The movie aims to be a work with a kind of genre capable of pushing the boundaries of post-apocalyptic road trip.
David Michôd reaches that goal brilliantly, making here his first masterpiece. ” 5/5

Next Projection:
The dusty and empty wilderness is the perfect location for a dystopian film like Michód’s as it reflects the intended atmosphere without trying too hard.
Though thematically similar to Mad Max, another Australian dystopian roadmovie, The Rover is an interesting take on a future dystopia with compelling performances by Pearce and Pattinson, with the latter succeeding in getting rid of his Twilight-image.”

AAP:
Michod’s follow-up – a road movie from hell – is enthralling, unrelenting and superbly acted by leads Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson.
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Pearce, conveying as much with his gaze than anything else, is captivating throughout as his past and motives are slowly revealed right up until the final frame.
Former teen heartthrob and Twilight star Pattinson delivers potentially his best performance yet, convincing as the twitchy Rey and evoking empathy in his tortured struggle between family loyalty and resentment at being left for dead.
(….)
Michod again serves up a unique viewing experience that’s both thrilling and thought-provoking.

RogerEbert.com:
” There is a huge amount of talent on display in “The Rover”, and the opening ten minutes is as captivating as anything you’re likely to see at the movies this year.”

Allocine:
(Translated from French)
” Five good reasons to see The Rover:
For the atmosphere that comes out of the movie: gloomy as one pleases, pessimist, but also tinged with an acrid humor.
For the sobriety of the movie, for its slowness that is always given a rhythm with a hypnotic soundtrack and shocking action scenes!
For Guy Pearce, whose the and charisma don’t need to be proven anymore. And for Robert Pattinson, who delivers here one of the best performances of his career and stands out as a great actor.”