The Rover
The Rover (2014)

THE ROVER, David Michod's highly anticipated follow-up to ANIMAL KINGDOM, is set in a world 10 years following the collapse of society. The rule of the law has disintegrated and life is cheap. The film follows hardened loner Eric… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 23, 2014
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Fueled by engaging performances from Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, the tension-filled The Rover overcomes its narrative faults through sheer watchability.

Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

Bleak, brutal, and ultimately pointless, the film stars Guy Pearce as a man whose car is stolen and who won't rest until he not only gets it back but also punishes, with extreme prejudice, the dirtbags who took it.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Director David Michod's follow-up to his acclaimed debut, Animal Kingdom, is effective in an elemental way.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

The final scene is a clear picture of how regardless of the lawless land, principles and honor means everything.

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Liz Braun
Toronto Sun

Of Mice and Men at the end of the world -- that's the general turf of The Rover.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Like many a late 21st century Western -- regardless of the land of its origins -- The Rover asks what happens on the downslope of Manifest Destiny? As hot, parched and heated as the atmosphere is, the answers are chilling.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The atmosphere usually gets airless as the action doesn't rove so much as drift and slow-zoom from moody moment to straggly episode. Any sharp-eyed insights into these godforsaken characters or their fallen society are few and far-between.

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Wesley Morris

The deadpan irony of the final sequence feels like the punch line of a mournful but very thin joke.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

The Rover is so intentionally vague and shapeless, it doesn't leave much of an imprint other than Pattinson's odd, melancholy performance.

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Dustin Putman

A scabrous, tightly drawn chase drama—even if, ultimately, the narrative doesn't lead anywhere particularly new.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Walker
"You should never stop thinking about a life you've taken. That's the price you pay for taking it" After the surprise success of his… More
Mark Hobin
Director David Mich˘d has a latent contempt for his audience. There is no story, only the violent pursuit of one man's bloodthirsty fixation on his stolen… More
Al S
Director, David Michod strikes again, first with his masterful Animal Kingdom and now with the thrilling The Rover. Michod creates a searing, dark and filthy… More
Walter M.
Ten years after the collapse, three desperate men race across the Australian outback, with Henry(Scoot McNairy) not in very good shape. They can also not agree… More
Carlos MagalhŃes
A suffocatingly tense and bleak thriller that throws us in a gritty post-collapse Australia with two stellar performances: Guy Pearce in a role that is so… More
Cameron Johnson
Red rover, red rover, send Guy Pearce right over! Well, it's not like I could have quoted the Led Zeppelin song, because they never actually say… More