Robert Pattinson Earned The Best Notices Of His Career To Date In Cosmopolis

Robert Pattinson’s Cosmopolis Reviews Are In: Mixed To Magnificent

It’s been a helluva week for Robert Pattinson.

What with gamely dodging ‘the elephant in the room,’ a surprise Opening Bell appearance at the New York Stock Exchange, a press junket, Times Talk and a MTV special — Pattinson and director David Cronenberg are going all out to spread the word that Cosmopolis is coming to a theater near you very soon.

Actually, this Friday if you live in New York and L.A. With opening weekend tickets selling like hot cakes — no doubt buoyed by recent events — it seems plenty are eager to see Pattinson in a radically new light.

In Cosmopolis, Pattinson stars as 28 year-old billionaire, financier Eric Packer. On a seemingly innocuous mission to get a haircut, his carefully controlled world (seen from the inside of a white limo) crumbles in 24 hours amid an imploding Manhattan, a punt on the yuan, while pursued by a faceless assassin and his own need for “something more.”

Back in May when Cosmopolis was screened to critics at the Cannes Film Festival, reviews ranged from baffled to rapturous.Variety’s Justin Chang declared: “Pattinson’s excellent performance reps an indispensable asset.”

Even when critics didn’t embrace Cronenberg’s surreal film noir, many praised Pattinson’s performance as his finest to date.

The best of them — and they were legion — trumpeted Pattinson’s arrival as a serious actor. So now that Cosmopolis has left Cannes and screened to Australian and US critics, what are they saying? Working negative to positive, here’s the lay of the land.

Robert Pattinson As Eric Packer In Cosmopolis