The Rover
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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 (Pearce) as he travels the desolate towns and roads of the outback. When a gang of thieves steals his car they leave behind a wounded Rey (Pattinson) in their wake. Forcing Rey to help track the gang, Eric will go to any lengths to take back the one thing that still matters to him. Michod also wrote the film based on a story he conceived with Joel Edgerton. (c)… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The deadpan irony of the final sequence feels like the punch line of a mournful but very thin joke."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"The Rover is so intentionally vague and shapeless, it doesn't leave much of an imprint other than Pattinson's odd, melancholy performance."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Sweaty-palms time."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Of Mice and Men at the end of the world -- that's the general turf of The Rover."
‑ Liz Braun, Toronto Sun
"This is an intense film. Music is kept to a minimum. Conversation is kept to a minimum."
‑ Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane
"Director David Michod's follow-up to his acclaimed debut, Animal Kingdom, is effective in an elemental way."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"The destination doesn't feel worth the journey."
‑ Kiva Reardon, Globe and Mail
"If Guy Pierce is as good as ever, it is the startling performance by Pattinson that nearly steals the show."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, It's Just Movies
"Alternately violent and tedious road movie of the post-apocalyptic variety that remains watchable thanks to some odd touches and an interesting performance from Robert Pattinson."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"There's no denying Guy Pearce's talent, but The Rover is still a dog."
‑ Katherine Monk, Canada.com
"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."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Writer-director David Michod ("Animal Kingdom") likes his violence, but what he's really offering here is an odd bond between two severely damaged men who have little in common beyond the damage."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Rey is dull-witted and childlike, and although Pattinson might be over-busy at times, his twitchy performance makes an effective contrast with his co-star."
‑ Robert Horton, Seattle Weekly
"... generates enough character-driven suspense to overcome its familiar genre trappings."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
""The Rover" is a minimalist dystopian drama with more plot-holes than plot."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
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