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The Rover

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Australia, United States · 2014
Rated R · 1h 43m
Director David Michôd
Starring Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy, David Field
Genre Crime, Drama

Global society has collapsed. The rule of law is gone. A hardened loner travels the desolate roads and abandoned towns of the Australian outback. After a gang of thieves steals his car and leaves behind a wounded member of their own, the two men track the gang across the desert, looking for revenge.

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Hitfix by Drew McWeeny

While there are some very strong performances in the film, the movie is inert, dramatically speaking, and covers such familiar ground that I can't really recommend it.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Like its tattered setting, The Rover is scattered with intriguing ideas never successfully fleshed out.


The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

Bleak, brutal and unrelentingly nihilist, and with only sporadic flashes of the blackest, most mordant humor to lighten the load, it feels parched, like the story has simply boiled away in the desert heat and all that’s left are its desiccated bones. In a good way.


CineVue by John Bleasdale

For most post-apocalyptic films, the nightmare is really a disguised fantasy. In Michôd's excellent The Rover, the nightmare is real.

46 by Jordan Hoffman

A dark, dreary and dull “Mad Max in Neutral” from director David Michôd (“Animal Kingdom”) that tries to pass off its blunt narrative and repetitiveness as some sort of style.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Michôd creates a good deal of ambient menace in The Rover; Pearce has a simmering presence. But I felt there was a bit of muddle, and the clean lines of conflict and tension had been blurred: the dystopian future setting doesn't add much and hasn't been very rigorously imagined.


Variety by Scott Foundas

Michod’s sophomore feature isn’t exactly something we’ve never seen before, but it has a desolate beauty all its own, and a career-redefining performance by Robert Pattinson that reveals untold depths of sensitivity and feeling in the erstwhile “Twilight” star.


The Telegraph by Tim Robey

Michôd’s film consciously plays like an outback western, peppered with jagged and unpredictable outbursts of hard brutality. But it could do with losing control a little more often – and with establishing the dangers of its dog-eat-dog world more precisely.


The Hollywood Reporter by Todd McCarthy

Always commanding attention at the film’s center is Pearce, who, under a taciturn demeanor, gives Eric all the cold-hearted remorselessness of a classic Western or film noir anti-hero who refuses to die before exacting vengeance for an unpardonable crime.

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