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Posted Fri, October 29, 2010 1:49pm EDT

Kristen Stewart Gets Critics’ Love Big-Time for Stripper Role in ‘Welcome To The Rileys!’ READ ALL THE HEAPING PRAISE!

Could the artist best known as Bella in ‘Twilight’get Oscar acclaim for her prostitute role in ‘Rileys?’

Here’s the bad news: The critics are pretty lukewarm about Welcome to the Rileys. “Gloomy,” “creaky,” “embalmed” — just a small sample of the critical reaction.

But here’s the totally awesome news:  Kristen Stewart is getting incredible praise for playing Mallory, a troubled young woman who turns to prostitution. Some of the nation’s toughest critics are drooling:

  • “She’s an exceptionally appealing screen presence, and she makes Mallory’s confusion — the swings between vulgar braggadocio and clutching vulnerability — reverberant and real. ” Manohla Dargis, NY Times
  • “She just gets better at bringing a naked vulnerability to her performances. Here it’s like watching a slide show of anger, pain, innocence, outrage and mischief play across her face.” Betsey Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
  • “As usual, she’s just there, but I can’t think of another young actress who makes her there-ness work so well.” Ty Burr, Boston Globe
  • “The Twilight Saga Stewart should deliver a curious audience — and she certainly satisfies that curiosity.” Dan Kois, Village Voice
  • “Stewart is the perfect wretch, utterly convincing as a lost girl leveraging her sexuality to compensate for her complete powerlessness.” Peter Debruge, Variety

And maybe most impressive of all — the often acerbic Lou Lumenick of the New York Post thinks K-Stew’s performance is “awards-caliber” and “haunting.