Saturday, March 13, 2010

More REMEMBER ME / Robert Pattinson Reviews

More REMEMBER ME / Robert Pattinson Reviews

member Me Photos: Robert Pattinson, Allen Coulter, Emilie de Ravin (top); Pierce Brosnan, Ruby Jerins (middle); Chris Cooper, Emilie de Ravin (bottom)


We got a huge response to the Remember Me review snippets posted yesterday. So, here are a few more culled today from various publications. Starring Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin, Remember Me was directed by Allen Coulter from a screenplay by Will Fetters. Also in the cast: Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper, and Lena Olin.

"Consensus: Its leads are likeable, but Remember Me suffers from an overly maudlin script and a borderline offensive final twist." Rotten Tomatoes

"Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson seems to have found a better vehicle for his angst-ridden style of acting. Those who relish him as a lovesick bloodsucker will surely take issue, but until Remember Me, his best acting job was as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Pattinson was woefully miscast as Salvador Dali in last year’s Little Ashes, but playing a contemporary, brooding and lost young man in Remember Me shows that he has more range than is visible in his one-dimensional role as a sexy vampire." Claudia Puig in USA Today.

"Anything can happen at any time. The quote ‘life is full of surprises’ is a popular one because it’s true, and it’s not often in filmmaking a movie is able to capture the essence of that quote and give it true meaning. Remember Me manages to do just that, using well developed characters in a story that, admittedly, is rather generic. But the story is only a starting point as first-time screenwriter Will Fetters and director Allen Coulter (Hollywoodland) are much more interested in the idea of living your life to the fullest because you never know what’s around the corner, which ultimately outshines the relatively simple and predominately cliched plot." Brad Brevet at Rope of Sillicon.

"There’s an insult-to-injury quality to a plain bad movie with a ’seize the day’ message (Remember Me’s tagline: ‘Live in the Moments’), which heckles you with all the other things you should or could be doing while you’re marking time waiting on the credits, wondering if the movie will ever end. Well, it does—oh, mama, does it ever, with a crazy long bomb heave toward epochal significance. (Far be it from me to spoil the surprise; let’s just say Robert Pattinson dies in 9/11.)" Nick Pinkerton in the LA Weekly.

"Remember Me represents Robert Pattinson’s attempt to prove he can do more than sparkle like a faux vampire, but the case he presents is not convincing. He spends most of the movie trying to channel James Dean. Dean may have been overrated, but he had talent, charisma, and swagger. Pattison seems to lack the first two qualities and he may be faking the third. (Although that, in and of itself, would be a form of acting.) He spends most of this movie brooding, which allows him to work on his scowl. To be fair, some of Pattinson’s low-key scenes with his female co-star, Lost’s Emilie de Ravin (who is delightful) are nicely done, but the actor fails to impress when sharing the screen with the likes of Chris Cooper and Pierce Brosnan. The word ‘lightweight’ seems entirely appropriate as a description of this leading man." James Berardinelli at Reel Views.

"Solid romantic dramas are precious these days. Few and far between, like something on the verge of extinction. Rarity like that breeds cynicism, especially when the merits of a “solid romantic drama” are decided by some of the most cynical people in the entire world – movie critics. So it is that despite the middling reviews and unnecessarily cult-like Robert Pattinson fandom, Remember Me, directed by the very capable Allen Coulter (Hollywoodland), is a simple, well-made love story about two young, tortured souls and the families that torture them." Dan Mecca at The Film Stage.

"Family tragedy, cruel twists of fate, and wild gesticulations from Pattinson, de Ravin, Brosnan, and, as Ally’s father, Chris Cooper , fuse into a turbulent storm of angst. Shot in New York and keen on the details of the city’s social order (rich and privileged Manhattanites, Queens working-class members, what-me-worry? college kids), Remember Me is charged up with stormy melodrama. Pattinson’s various fan contingents should eat it up, and if you don’t like the fact that his Tyler dude is pulling on those cigarettes, he promises he’s going to quit." Steven Rea at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"In spite of the script, Pattinson reveals himself as an actor of subtlety now that he has assumed mortal form. It’s plain that there’s a mind powering all that angst. I just hope that he soon finds a better picture than this one. I was almost coming round to it but its gratuitously tacked-on ending put paid to that impulse." Sandra Hall in the Sydney Morning Herald.

And finally…

"It sounds like you intended to hate it from the get go. You couldn’t be more wrong. Both my husband and i enjoyed Remember Me. We are in our 40’s, not 14 Twi-hards. We were both deeply affected. It was refreshingly different. My husband actually got teary-eyed and that NEVER happens. i applaud the entire cast who did an outstanding job. Robert Pattinson gave a great performance. The ending was powerfully and respectfully addressed. We found it very moving. The pace was good, the violence was not gratuitous. The relationships were believable and the dialog credible. It made me laugh and cry which is the sign of a great movie." "Lydia" writing in response to a brief and highly negative review at Current Movie Reviews.

Photos: Remember Me (Myles Aronowitz / Summit Entertainment)


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