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Based on 37 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    All you really need to know is that The Rover is a modern Western that explodes the terms good and evil; that its desolation is brilliantly rendered by Michôd and cinematographer Natasha Braier; that Pearce and Pattinson are a blazing pair of opposites. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Best of all is the work of Gillian Jones, who shows up in one scene as "Grandma." show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The Rover, is anything but lively, though it's long on menace, often violent and consistently fascinating. show more

  • 40
    New York Daily News

    On the bright side, Robert Pattinson’s pretty good in The Rover. Unfortunately, the movie isn’t. show more

  • 70
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 46
    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. show more

  • 80
    Diane Garrett The Wrap

    The Rover is less an allegory than a suggestion how bad things could become. It's well made, and it's disturbing, if not overly passion inducing. show more

  • 88
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    The Rover is a sterling example of the new Australian noir. show more

  • 75
    Steve Macfarlane Slant Magazine

    Robert Pattinson's stare is almost thousand-yard enough to make the film's sense of tragedy feel downright Greek. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore Movie Nation

    As violent and primal as “Animal Kingdom,” but not as brisk. The film grinds to a halt in between confrontations. And those shoot-outs are simple, direct and bloody, not “staged” in the Hollywood sense. show more

  • June 27, 2014 irv
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    whoever gave this "movie" a favorable review should have their head examined. worst movie of the year (so far)

  • June 22, 2014 cathyforgue
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    LOVED this brilliant film ! It's a blend of Mad Max, Apocolypse Now,Drive, and a modern -day Of Mice and Men. It's dark , violent, and uncompromising in telling its tale. Guy Pearce is like a feral drifter, a wounded rabid animal still in a rage. He plays his role so strongly. Rob Pattinson is so amazing in his role as a slow, bullied American kid from the South . I thought he was strong in Cosmopolis but this is even better ! He displays incredible range. He is the soul of this film. The journey between these two guys with opposite personalities in such a bleak, post- collapse world IS the story. If you like smart, good, strong films with quality acting , then you'll love this ! David Michod, director of Animal Kingdom and writer/director of this film, knocks it out of the ballpark ! Scenery and music score are SO unique !

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