Cosmopolis on various ‘Best of 2012’ lists   4 comments

Cosmopolis is featured on various ‘Best of 2012’ lists


Cinemart Top Ten Films of 2012

1. Cosmopolis is as talky as a screwball comedy and as visually wild as only cinema can be. David Cronenberg’s timely dissection of the haves and pseudo masters of the universe features an assured performance from Robert Pattinson as a man who just wants to get a haircut and ends up on an increasingly distracted quest that takes in existential angst, free market economics, a spot of casual murder, romance, sex, a prostate examination and anti-capitalism protests. A truly special work that demands you pay attention all the way, this one will stick in your head for weeks.

Slant magazine: The best films of 2012

13. Cosmopolis. In the end, it’s mere gravy that David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis unfolds in a world that eerily, and almost blatantly, reflects our modern headlines, its Occupy themes and global-capital woes perpetually looming. What’s truly depicted in this gorgeous adaptation of Don DeLillo’s prescient 2003 novel is the whittling down of the poster boy of individual, millennial anxieties, sparked by the deadly, rampant elixir of privilege, apathy, and telecommuting. From his rolling command center of a white limousine, the WiFi hot spot of the obscenely rich, billionaire Eric Packer (a revelatory Robert Pattinson) is at once linked up to the world and maddeningly removed from it, his personal, untried revolving door granting equal access to wisdom and delusion, personified by the limo’s parade of guests. Evoking its director’s past aesthetics and bodily interests with cool restraint, Cosmopolis is a wry, stylish nightmare of contemporary disconnect, and an audacious charting of all that crumbles when reality seeps in. With much dialogue lifted verbatim from DeLillo’s text, the film’s dizzying verbosity may be challenging to swallow, but in a cinematic year teeming with lone protagonists clawing for ways to survive, it has more to say—and to mull over—than maybe 100 movies.

The Film Stage: The most overlooked Films of 2012

This one’s been stewing in my brain for months, and none of the reflection has tainted this film one bit; if anything, it’s only grown more valuable over time. David Cronenberg’s limousine trip into the damaged perspective of a young, emotionally hollow fat cat — played to perfection by a not-as-advertised Robert Pattinson — can’t really be considered the most accessible work of 2012, but those willing to go with its strange rhythms and mysterious internal logic are bound to get… something. While I think it’s best people make the thing out for themselves by just letting it all sit, those simply hoping for a left-of-center cinematic experience ought to find themselves more than pleased. And that’s without even considering the incredible music of Howard Shore & Metric. –Nick N.

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Cinetalk: Anton Bitel’s So Called 2012 Top Ten Films

Meanwhile Cronenberg Sr showed he has lost none of his touch withCosmopolis, starring vampire of sorts Robert Pattinson, whose career is now officially disinterred. Adapted and updated from Don De Lillo’s 2003 novel, the film follows a New York plutocrat’s ride across town for a (literal and symbolic) haircut, as in the space of one day – and mostly within the confines of his customised limousine – he loses everything. It is also an elegiac odyssey through the kind of self-destructive hubris that led to the Credit Crunch and the economic mess that we are still in today

Filmcomment & The Playlist: 50 Best Films of 2012

15 – Cosmopolis

SensacineBest Films of 2012


One of the most Martian year. Cronenberg takes the teen star of Twilight and gets in a limousine to ramble on zeptosegundos baht and a road movie that follows the apocalypse of capitalism. And all for a haircut.

Movie MarkerBest of 2012: Darryl Griffiths


Robert Pattinson has been confined to triggering primal screams from Twihards and love affairs with Kristen Stewart in recent years, but the actor has always teased a love for the unconventional. Trusting in the talents of director David Cronenberg, they joined forces to tackle the tongue twisting Don Delillo novel. Producing an outstanding interpretation with R-Patz laying waste to the doubters, Cosmopolis showed no restraint in taking pot shots at the current climate. Eric Packer more fussed about haircuts and money than the president being in town.. Superficial nonsense taking centre stage rather than the ’important’ issues in the media? Abstract yet mesmerising.

Chicagoist Our favorite movies of 2012

Cosmopolis (directed by David Cronenberg, 2012)
The old, weird, paranoid Cronenberg is back. With a vengeance, typified by a thoroughly offputting scene where Robert Pattinson’s reclusive billionaire undergoes another one of his daily medical exams. He points out a weird spot on his skin, and asks the physician, “What do we do about this?” The physician benignly replies, “Let it express itself.” Thank goodness for home video, where peculiar movies like this can bubble up to the surface again.

MTV NewsOur Top 50 Movie Characters of 2012

20. Eric Packer (“Cosmopolis”)
Gone are the days of Edward Cullen, the pale-skinned vamp at the heart of the “Twilight” series. It’s a new day for Robert Pattinson, who is taking his acting career more seriously with every passing role. Case in point: “Cosmopolis,” the David Cronenberg mind-trip that turns the normally affable Pattinson into a deeply unlikable numbers guy in the thick of an existential crisis. His Eric Packer was more alien than man, virtually emotionless, and thoroughly reckless with a firearm. The gulf between Packer and Cullen is as noticeable as Eric’s asymmetrical prostate, and we salute the actor for going so boldly into strange new territory. Here’s hoping for more

ScreenCrushTop 20 Movies of 2012

12 – Cosmopolis

My favorite comedy of the year. Yeah, yeah, it’s a high-minded essay on the disappearance of tangible values and the disposable nature of human contact in modern economics but, also. . .it’s really funny. And has a marvelous stream of consciousness quality that, somehow, makes it all make sense. This was a big hit in Europe, so if you skipped it get in the limo with R-Patz and take a ride.

The FilmstageThe Best Ensembles of 2012


It’s not enough that Robert Pattinson proves his genuine acting chops with David Cronenberg‘s latest, but he’s also surrounded by one of the most versatile ensembles of the year in this story of a man and one wild mission to get a hair-cut. Whether they are popping in and out of his limousine or showing up elsewhere on Pattinson’s journey, the group comprised of Juliette Binoche, Sarah Gadon, Mathieu Amalric, Jay Baruchel, Kevin Durand, K’naan, Emily Hampshire and Samantha Morton each provide memorable insight to Pattinson’s dense lifestyle. Capping off with one of Paul Giamatti’s best turns in some time, this is one of the strongest ensembles of the year.

Yuppee MagazineTop Ten Films of 2012

#10 Cosmopolis. One man, one limo, one day: with Cosmopolis David Cronenberg took on one of his most difficult challenges to date. The tale of one man driving through the Manhattan streets with the intent of getting a haircut from his favourite barbers is hardly the kind of material that would have most directors getting excited but not Cronenberg, his taste for the supposed unfilmable has shone through again and he has turned Cosmopolis into a fascinating movie.

Cosmopolis as you may have already gathered follows the story of one man, that man is Eric Packer, played by Robert Pattinson in what turns out to be the best performance of his young career by a considerable distance. Packer is a 28 year old business man who is for all intents and purposes at the very top of his game, a master of his own universe. Through out the course of the day we see various people drop into Packer in his limo, his doctor comes for a full prostate examination, his body guard drops in with the occasional line of bad news, his financial adviser, his lovers, the list goes on.

The movie may be about one day in the life of Packer but it is a very eventful day, Packer is driving through Manhattan amid the occupy Wall Street protests making him the target of vandalism and assault. In a scene where Packers limo is attacked and vandalised Packer and the rest of the limo appear to be seemingly unfazed by the incident. Surreal and compelling, Cronenberg has created a world that feels apocalyptic, where only the limo is a safe haven for Packer.

The movie is buoyed by some fantastic performances; Pattinson has finally sunk his claws into a role whilst Paul Giamatti is fantastic as a former employee of Packers in an incredibly tense end scene.  Sarah Gadon is also suitably strange as Packers wife, throughout the movie they share a number of strange and uncomfortable meetings which appear to have no little to no point.

Cronenberg has created a work of pure postmodern beauty. It’s not an easy ride but its one that should certainly be taken. One of my favourite films of the year. Rating: ****

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Posted December 14, 2012 by fastieslowie in Cosmopolis, Robert Pattinson

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4 responses to “Cosmopolis on various ‘Best of 2012’ lists

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  1. It’s always great to see the “ctitics” pleasantly surprised bt the immense talent of our Rob. But, of course, we all knew this already. Rob is a blessing to us all, and will continue to be one for a long, long time.

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