Has Robert Pattinson finally shed his sparkly vampire skin? The “Twilight” star’s film “Cosmopolis” premiered Friday (May 25) at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, and early reviews are a mixed bag. But several critics are calling it Pattinson’s best work yet.
Pattinson plays billionaire Eric Packer in “Cosmopolis,” based on Don DeLillo’s novel of the same name. Packer sets out to get a haircut in Manhattan only to have his day devolve into a series of surreal adventures and chance encounters.
“It’s both an exceptional adaptation and a remarkable work unto itself,” writes Simon Abrams of Indiewire.
Raffi Asdourian from the Huffington Post writes, “The film is anchored by a solid, ennui-filled performance by Robert Pattinson, shedding his Twilight skin for something more substantive and reminiscent of Christian Bale in ‘American Pyscho.’“
Justin Chang from Variety writes, “While commercial reach will be limited to the more adventurous end of the specialty market, Robert Pattinson’s excellent performance reps an indispensable asset.”
Todd McCarthy from the Hollywood Reporter isn’t nearly as kind, though, writing, “It is a tough character that perhaps a young Jeremy Irons could have made riveting, but Pattinson is too bland and monotonous to hold the interest.”
Will you see “Cosmopolis”?