Rob Pattinson Is Praised & Slammed In 'Water For Elephants' Reviews — Are These Critics Too Mean?

Thu, April 21, 2011 1:17pm EST by 68 Comments

Robert Pattinson’s performance in Water for Elephants is getting mixed reviews! Will you go see the movie anyway, despite what the negative critics say?

We have all been anxiously awaiting seeing Robert Pattinson perform alongside Academy Award winners Christoph Waltz and Reese Witherspoon in Water for Elephants, and tomorrow the wait is over! Unfortunately, movie critics who have already seen the film have released their reviews and while some praise Rob as “entirely convincing”, others are calling him “woefully untalented”, “lifeless” and “dull”. Ouch! Are they being too harsh?

Critics are very split on whether Rob’s performance and the movie itself are entertaining, or utterly boring. The Associated Press says “Witherspoon and Pattinson are a three-ring snooze-fest together”, calling Christoph the “lone attraction” who highlights how “dull” Reese and Rob are. They go as far as saying, “The movie is a long, long way from the greatest show on Earth; at best, it might be the greatest show in your local theater, assuming it’s the only film playing there.”

The Huffington Post is even crueler to Rob, completely panning him in their review. Not only do they call Rob “woefully untalented” they say the “dreadful” movie “rests on the head of the sleepy-eyed Pattinson, an actor so lifeless that you keep expecting someone to put a mirror to his nostrils. Oh wait – wrong movie.” The attack doesn’t stop there: “Pattinson had better hope that someone writes a whole bunch more of the Twilight novels because once those movies run out, his string as a movie star is probably up. He has no discernible talent as an actor, beyond a bedroom gaze that seems to express very little of what’s on his mind.” Can you believe it? Poor Rob!!

The Chicago Tribune is nicer in its review, saying the movie is “Like ‘The Notebook,’ but with an elephant.” The review attempts to compliment Rob while somehow simultaneously insulting him: “Waltz’s archetypal villain cannot help but steal focus when he’s on-screen, partly because of the abuse of which the character is capable, partly because Waltz is just so damned interesting to watch. That’s more than can be said for Pattinson, who is easy to take without having yet made a single surprising or provocative choice as an actor. Yet he, too, is at least in there working his two or three notes hard, and often effectively.” We think there was a compliment in there somewhere.

Moviehole is very positive about Rob’s performance, saying he matches Christoph and Reese “scene for scene.” “Who knew this kid could act?? Well done young man,” it proclaims.”

Finally, the Hollywood Reporter provides us comfort. “Looking 300 per cent better than he did in his last non-‘Twilight’ outing, ‘Remember Me,’ Pattinson is entirely convincing as Jacob, a Cornell veterinary school student who escapes from the ruin provoked by his parents’ untimely death by almost inadvertently joining the circus.’ Unfortunately they still think “the vital spark that would have made the drama truly compelling on the screen is missing.”

The reviews are still pouring in so there’s still a chance for more positive opinions. But we are shocked by how harsh these critics are towards the Hollywood heartthrob. Are you upset at their cruel comments? Are you going to see the movie despite what they say? And how do you predict Rob will be on film alongside Christoph and Reese? Sound off below!

Lorena O’Neil

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Posted at 8:06 AM on August 20, 2014  

Robert Pattinson was great in this movie. I’m not a Reese Witherspoon fan at all. I find her dull and boring. The onscreen chemistry between them was zero! That’s what ruined it. Otherwise it was a nice movie.

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Posted at 12:57 AM on November 10, 2013  

I absolutely loved this movie! I did not read the book, and so I could not compare it to that. I also did not watch any Twighlight movies, and this is actually the first Pattinson performance I have seen. I thought all of the actors did wonderfully, and would highly recommend it.

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Posted at 10:02 AM on May 2, 2011  

I read the book and saw the movie. In the book Jacob is laid back and in much mental pain. I think Pattinson captured this completely. The critics must not have read the book!!! I missed in the movie that they didn’t show Jacob’s pain as an old man in a nursing home, but I guess that is a whole other story. There was not much sex in the book! I wonder why the critics expected soooooo much sex in the movie. I went to see the movie with a friend who had not read the book and she loved it. We both came out of this venture feeling great and we both enjoyed ourselves. Please go see this “MOVIE” it has been a long time since we have seen a BEAUTIFUL show like this. I love “Gone With The Wind” and I was taken back to that kind of entertainment. Rob was awesome……..only good things should come his way. I hope America will embrace this actor as it seems out critics just don’t get it………We the people DO like to see the goodness in people.

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