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Reviews: The Rover (2014)

roverReviews for this film from our members:

  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Notable fábula apocalíptica ambientada en un futuro en el que la Tierra aún lleva poco tiempo mirando al abismo. Una de esas películas que o atrapan o aburren a poco de empezar, a gusto del espectador.
  • Chris Barsanti @ Film Racket
    • Excerpt: The Rover is skillfully put together with a jarring score, crisp cinematography, and a clutch of resonant performances. But although the film has a confident Kathryn Bigelow snap, it has a hard time amounting to the sum of its parts.
  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: Amidst the existentialist malaise, Michôd finds room for the gut-knotting suspense of his previous film, Animal Kingdom, as well as for Pattinson to sing along to Keri Hilson’s “Pretty Girl Rock” (the lyrics of which, “Don’t hate me ‘cause I’m beautiful,” may be a direct appeal to the anti-Twilight sect).
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: “The Rover” is more than just the darkest timeline version of “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.” It’s an examination of the human condition.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Some may find its ultimate reveal much ado about nothing, a long, violent road leading to a joke. Others will find deeper meaning about what we hold dear and how man’s destructive impulses will find him obliterating the very thing he’s sought.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: THE ROVER’s pat, sentimental coda notwithstanding, there’s a rich, multi-layered inquiry into machismo, both real-life and movie-related, worth burrowing into here.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: This movie ends up being a shatteringly simple movie about one man’s quest, and it’s greatest artistic success is that when you find out why he was willing to do anything to achieve his goal, you may have to re-evaluate everything that led up to it.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [T]he only note Michôd is interested in playing is the nonstop reminders of how terrible this world is … but there’s at least a sort of subtle vibrato to the note.
  • Glenn Dunks @ The Film Experience
  • João Marcos Flores @ Cineviews [Portuguese]
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Somber, sinister, grimly sparce Australian Western, filled with pointless bloodshed and explicit violence.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Why this stupid car is so important to Eric is a question that will nag at you for the duration of the entire movie. Unfortunately, the answer simply doesn’t justify everything we had to endure.
  • Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Much ado about nothing when you get down to it, but it’s fully absorbing in the way it moves at a divisively deliberate but significantly elegiac clip that of a slow burn, punctuated by levels of unbearable tension and abrupt, savagely grim acts of desperate violence.
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: The Rover is a film of loud gunshots and deafening silences, sometimes unbearably tense and always crushingly bleak to leave no mistake that this is a living, breathing, dangerous post-apocalyptic world.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: The Rover just doesn’t seem to give a toot about anything.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: The Rover will certainly be too much for some. Its unrelenting miserablism and lack of uplifting moralizing means that a lot of people die without anyone really learning anything or life getting better–but that’s the film’s virtue.
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: “The Rover” is a minimalist dystopian drama with more plot holes than plot.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ ItsJustMovies.com
    • Excerpt: David Michôd ups the ante and hauls in a big one in this Aussie thriller set in the desolate outback 10 years after the collapse.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Apart from its merits as a thriller, The Rover reveals itself as a raw tale about the hazy borders of obligation and loyalty, and about what sorts of bonds matter when everything else has crumbled to dust.
Updated: July 30, 2015 — 9:31 pm

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