September 16th, 2020 / 3 Comments

Reviews of Robert Pattinson’s performance as Neil in Tenet

**UPDATED: 22 Sept 2020:

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Pattinson seems far more ready to slip into his character, with a gleaming smirk that provides a dash of levity to the proceedings.” Slash Film

The embargo’s been lifted and initial reviews for Tenet are in – slightly mixed, but as per usual I’m just going to focus on what they say about Rob – good and bad. I will update as the film is released worldwide – so here we go.

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BBC: … with the aid of a louche British fixer, Robert Pattinson, who deserves his own spin-off film.

Total Film | Games Radar: Pattinson puts forward a strong case for his casting as Bruce Wayne, deploying dapper swagger as the capable and faithful Neil. 

The Guardian: As for Robert Pattinson’s raffish wingman, brilliant and dapper and apparently based on Christopher Hitchens? Pattinson is never less than watchable. And his affectations can be a welcome distraction. But he still just seems like some bloke who’s got drunk in Banana Republic’s scarf department.

The Evening Standard: Neil (Robert Pattinson; jauntily effete and utterly delightful).

The Globe & Mail: … shady-slick operative (Robert Pattinson) in the Tom-Hardy-in-Inception mould … He still has a perfect eye for casting (Pattinson and Branagh delight and surprise), and everything overwhelms in just the right way.

The New York Times: … Neil (a delightful Robert Pattinson) …  is also blessed to be playing off an equally unflappable Pattinson — their chemistry, rather than the sexless semi-flirtation between Washington’s hero and Debicki’s damsel, gives the film whatever romance it has.

LA Times: And Pattinson is boyishly debonair as the Protagonist’s raffishly rumpled associate

TimeOut: A bang-on-form Robert Pattinson pops up as in a kind of 008 role, offering the elegant dissolution of a Graham Greene antihero as the Protagonist’s kind-of sidekick.

The Telegraph (UK): The depth, subtlety and wit of Pattinson and Debicki’s performances only becomes fully apparent once you know where Tenet is going…

IGN: … and it works as a disservice to the astonishing talents of Washington and Robert Pattinson, who thankfully remain enjoyable leads that deftly navigate plenty of temporal exposition.

Empire: These are great actors — Washington, Pattinson, Branagh and Debicki are all immensely watchable — 

Slash Film: Pattinson seems far more ready to slip into his character, with a gleaming smirk that provides a dash of levity to the proceedings

Screen Daily: Soon, the Protagonist is in Bombay on the hunt for an arms dealer where he meets up with a rakish, dishevelled British operative called Neil (Robert Pattinson) … [Washington] and Pattinson are a handsome pairing: movie stars to their very fingertips. 

The Wrap: It helps, too, that the swaggering Washington and the smirking Pattinson make a likable double act.

IndieWire: Pattinson gives tremendous fringe, but his absurd cut-glass accent sounds a wise attempt to put distance between himself and Nolan’s ever-deteriorating dialogue (“It’s just an expression of faith in the mechanics of the world”).

The Sydney Morning Herald: … Neil, an English spy, played by Robert Pattinson, aping the conversational style of Christopher Hitchens and teaming it with his own line in elegance.

Little White Lies: Robert Pattinson brings his A-game as an erudite British intelligence agent who might be in over his head …

The Sun (UK): the casting (with the exception of Branagh) is pitch perfect (in particular Robert Pattinson, who gives a glimpse at the kind of Batman we can expect in a couple of years time)

RTE (Ireland): Neil (Robert Pattinson channelling his inner Christopher Hitchens), a suave English spy with a dry wit, and a crack force of military types who look like they’ve just stepped out of Stargate SG-1.

Flickering Myth: Robert Pattinson’s ultra-suave espionage dude Neil … Pattinson is transparently having the time of his life as a smooth-talking guy who looks great in a suit. James Bond for the millennial generation. 

Hey U Guys: With the help of the magnificent Robert Pattinson …

Den of Geek: … and while there’s great chemistry between Washington and Pattinson it’s too easy here to get caught up in the action, the philosophy, and the pseudo science and forget to care about the characters.

The Times UK: “Does your head hurt yet?” That line is delivered by suave British agent Neil (a scene-stealing Robert Pattinson)

The Jewish Chronicle: while Robert Pattinson puts in a truly electrifying turn as the enigmatic Neil. He plays him with a sharp and classy campness and a cut-glass English accent which could easily be reminiscent of a classic Bond character.

Mashable: Pattinson takes on the cheerful sidekick agent Neil with overwhelming friendliness and spritely work ethic, making him the Rusty Ryan to Washington’s Danny Ocean. 

Deadline: Pattinson’s Neil, who brings a light, genteel touch: These two could both compete to play rather different James Bonds

The Movie Waffler: Washington and Pattinson share a breezy chemistry (which some may even interpret as homoerotic), but their heroes exist largely as vessels to deliver crudely written expository dialogue, which is functional at best, in an attempt to try and keep us on top of its complex plot.

Scannain: Tenet is a phenomenal film. I can’t praise Nolan and his cast and crew enough for what they have achieved with this film. … he best example of this otherworldly score is when Robert Pattinson’s character is introduced. He plonks his svelte ass down beside Washington and instantly you’re ready for their adventure together to kick off.

Student Edge: … paired with a mysterious assistant named Neil (performed with winking flair by Robert Pattinson)

Modern Myths: Pattinson is an actor that I get more and more admiration for.

Film Futter: Not much more is learned about his partner Neil, played by Robert Pattinson, who corresponds even more to the stereotype of a Bond-esque secret agent: he is British, charming, reckless and likes to drink while at work. Although their character drawing remains extremely vague, the partnership between Washington and Pattinson is immediately harmonious and the chemistry is right.

One Room with a View: In its finest moments, Tenet is like Pattinson’s hair: slick and immaculate.

Business Insider: However, he is outshone by Robert Pattinson. Pattinson gives another great performance and injects a huge amount of quirk, charisma, and English charm into what could have been the sidekick role. Pattinson is the best thing about the movie, bringing much-needed levity and humour. When he is not on screen, the movie doesn’t feel half as fun or entertaining.

The Future of the Force: However, for me, every one of these fine actors is upstaged by Robert Pattinson who turns in a wonderfully memorable performance as Neil, the Protagonist’s handler. His dry British humor and typical stiff upper lip walk hand and hand with his refreshingly fearless spy persona and his allure is missed whenever he is off-screen. If TENET represents a taste of what he will bring to his incarnation of Bruce Wayne in The Batman, I cannot wait to see him slip into the cape and cowl and carry the torch forward for the next few years.

Tribute: Not much is known about Neil when he enters the film, but Pattinson fully invests in the character, adding mystery and charm along the way.

Richard Crouse: The supporting cast …. and Pattinson as the calm, cool and collected mercenary, all acquit themselves well …

The AU Review: Neil (Robert Pattinson, effortlessly leaning into the action sensibilities he’s sure to adopt in next year’s Batman outing) …  with Washington and Pattinson equally honing the right amount of opposing bravado and uncertainty

Awards Watch: Robert Pattinson is here (trying) to explain a lot of the physics and his delightful character is probably the most enjoyable to watch on screen. 

The Jam Report: Pattinson is typically solid

Mirror (UK): Robert Pattinson who brings a wonderfully dry comic delivery to his lines, and his introduction is as a somewhat highly strung ex-pat gentleman thief, imagine Lawrence of Arabia being played by David Bowie.

The Guardian: A stoic blankness is required and so Washington dutifully channels it. Wasteful, given the buddy-comedy chemistry that shines through in his scenes with Pattinson, a welcome break from the otherwise po-faced proceedings.

Battle Royal with Cheese: Robert Pattinson is every bit as charismatic as he has proven he is of late, and this is another welcome addition to his recent homerun filled filmography. 

The Daily Telegraph (Australia): Robert Pattinson is similarly at ease as The Protagonist’s rumpled, resourceful offsider ..

The Film Stage: Washington and Robert Pattinson, on the other hand, are pretty damn hot together. Pattinson’s debonair, highly trained and physics-savvy wingman––inexplicably called Neil––plays off well against Washington’s endearing lead.

Stuff (NZ): Robert Pattinson is unexpectedly great, showing off more than enough charm and physicality to suggest his Batman is worth looking forward to. [Maria – before you get upset about the “unexpected” comment please go to link and read his response in the comments eg. “But with Tenet, even this Pattinson-phobe is prepared to admit he can be terrific in the right role. He is very good in Tenet, and I don’t doubt – after being skeptical at first – that he will be very good as Batman. maybe even better than Bale.”

BBC (Will Gompertz): Washington does a good job in fleshing out The Protagonist, as does Robert Pattinson in his role as an English adventurer type, Neil.

Daily Mail Australia: Pattinson leaves Twilight firmly behind as a too-cool-for-public-school chap with a steely interior. Oddly, the spies’ code phrase is ‘We live in a twilight world,’ which may be an in-joke. [Maria: I was hoping Rob would say that phrase]

The Guardian (Peter Bradshaw 5 stars): It’s also got moments of deadpan wit, surreality and style and Robert Pattinson may have singlehandedly made the double-breasted suit acceptable once more in men’s tailoring.

Switch: Robert Pattinson (‘The Lighthouse’‘High Life’) is charming as hell but isn’t in much of the movie …

Daily Mail (Michael Bond, UK):  Robert Pattinson – channelling echoes of Graham Greene, with a louche dash of Richard E. Grant – intriguing as the astonishingly well-informed Neil

Daily Express: As for the cast, John David Washington and Robert Pattinson are a thoroughly enjoyable pair to watch.

Geeks of Colour: … and along with Pattinson’s lightly humorous Neil, it ensures that Tenet never gets overly serious, despite the grim stakes

Entertainment Weekly: The enormously likable Washington again proves he can create chemistry with any co-star; particularly with Pattinson, you see the promise of a future buddy-comedy that doesn’t have to be dragged down by the weight of so much Lofty Ambition.

Herald (Scotland):

The cast is first class, from relative newcomer John David Washington as the Protagonist to his crime-fighting partner Neil (Robert Pattinson).

We Have a Hulk: The central pairing of Washington and Pattinson is full of endearing chemistry, but The Batman star has a knack of stealing scenes as the posh, floppy haired Neil

The Gate: Washington and Pattinson enliven things a great deal, with both oozing charisma and swagger that makes following along with their collective plights worthwhile. Both bring a lot of charm and wit to a script that’s Nolan’s most openly humorous, snappy, and verbose to date.

Jo Blo: As expected, Robert Pattinson steals scenes as Washington’s wily defacto partner, very much in the mold of Tom Hardy’s character in INCEPTION

The National Post: This is where Washington’s character recruits Neil, played by Robert Pattinson, who at 34 seems to be slowly turning into Jeremy Irons.

Roger Ebert: In particular, Pattinson really shines in a playful register that he’s not often allowed to use.

Alternative Lens: The film’s unquestionable MVP is Robert Pattinson as Washington’s right-hand man Neil. In quite an odd turn, the usually brooding actor ends up being the one easily having the most fun, delivering much of the film’s scant moments of levity and injecting a healthy dose of charisma and emotion into the film. His character is easily the most nuanced in the whole film, and one of the main reasons watching the film again is a compelling prospect.

Hot Press: The performances are all excellent…Pattinson providing louche charm galore

Consequence of Sound: Pattinson translates his streak of immersive and spontaneous indie performances to the action realm seamlessly.

The Arts Desk: Neil (Robert Pattinson with a gleefully over-the-top RP accent)

Extra Beurre: Without revealing too much, I can’t wait to revisit the bond between the Protagonist ( John David Washington ) and his partner ( Robert Pattinson )

Chicago Sun-Times: Robert Pattinson, who once lived in a different kind of “Twilight” world but long has established himself as a first-rate actor, is terrific as Neil, a British operative with a fabulous fashion sense even during the most daring escapades.

World of Reel: The “good guys” are played by John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, both excellent in underwritten roles

Discussing Film: while the ever suave Robert Pattinson brings the charm. The relationship there is brilliant and entirely important.

Screen Queen: Washington and Pattinson navigate the absurdity of the ‘science’ underpinning the film and deliver clunky dialogue with enough panache that you can forgive the questionable logic and jump aboard for their wild ride. It’s their likeability and lightness in an otherwise dark and heavy film that elevates it from a one-off watch to a movie with potential for repeat viewings.

Chicago Tribune: Working with the shadowy, extremely well-tailored Neil (Robert Pattinson, whose hair remains a quantum physics wonder)

Marie Claire: the enigmatic partner in espionage he gains early on, played with raffish charm by Robert Pattinson.

Gulf News: Washington and Pattinson’s understated camaraderie — and their occasionally lighthearted back-and-forths — provided a much needed lightness in an otherwise aggressive film.

SCi Fi Now: Washington and Pattinson, though charismatic as all hell and given a couple of zinger one-liners, are not allowed any deeper character development.

Totonto Sun: he always-charming Robert Pattinson is brought in as a British agent to help the Protagonist 

GQ (UK): – with Robert Pattinson’s rather excellent booze-sodden British spy also along for the ride.  

Coming Soon: Soon Robert Pattinson’s dashing yet slightly debauched Neil arrives, who essentially becomes the wingman for The Protagonist and in many regards ends up being the most important character in the whole film. R-Patz claims he based the mannerisms of the character on proto-neocon Christopher Hitchens, and you can see it, especially when he is disappointed that The Protagonist doesn’t drink on the job.

Slant: Robert Pattinson, as an ally with a mysterious past and/or future, invests his performance with a movie-star wink that suggests saving the world might actually be a bit of fun.

Caution Spoilers: Pattinson, who is suave but in a different way; Neil is a man who has been through so much he knows when not to speak and what not to say.

Sentinel Colorado: a delightfully knowing and especially dashing Robert Pattinson; you want him always to say more than he does

cinema76: Pattinson is commendable as a sidekick, fun and affable

Daily Mirror (UK – Linda Marric): For me, however, it’s Pattinson who truly nails it as Neil, impressive and beautifully measured. 

Rolling Stone: Neil (a slyly funny Robert Pattinson)

The Adelaide Review: the enigmatic Neil (Robert Pattinson, always relishing the chance for weirdness)

Reel View: Robert Pattinson has kept a relatively low-profile while honing his craft and rebuilding his reputation. Tenet is in some ways his re-emergence party 

Nobody’s Reading This But Me:  Neil (Pattinson, always a joy)

Chris Stuckman: Acting is also strong, JDW is very good as is Robert Pattinson.

Express Co UK: Robert Pattinson and his ludicrously tousled hair certainly keep things nicely off balance

Daily Sabah: Moreover, the stunning performance of Robert Pattinson, … as Neil – the practical companion of The Protagonist – makes its mark in the movie. After seeing a trailer of “The Batman” and “Tenet,” Pattinson has proven he is more than a “Twilight” guy.

Hyper Text: The best combination of script and performance here is Robert Pattinson’s character Neil. Every time he was on screen was a treat and, of all things, it’s got us even more excited to see him as Batman in the future. Without saying too much Neil could be considered the heart of this movie and we think people will be speaking about him when a wider release of this movie happens.

City AM: Pattinson is full of charisma, always hinting that he perhaps knows a little more than he’s letting on. It’s another mark of the fine actor he’s become

Small Screen: Pattinson continues to shine and strangely, here he is the comic relief.

Film Threat: what elevates our protagonist’s charismatic turn, and the movie as a whole, is the connection and chemistry he shares with his enigmatic co-star Robert Pattinson. Pattinson has nothing to prove thanks to all the bold choices he made in his lustrous career. But yet again, a year after his nightmare-inducing role in The Lighthouse, he demonstrates that he’s not afraid of going wild, weird, or rogue. It was strangely refreshing to see how cool and cheeky his character was. The dude is fashionable, a smooth operator, being (almost) the comedic levity here.

Times of India: Robert Pattinson is charming but remains strictly in a supporting role, never overshadowing the Protagonist

Madd Wolf: A dialog heavy first half benefits primarily from the oily charm and sly humor of Pattinson’s character, whose arc is made more fun and more interesting by the way the film loops its realities.

Rachel’s Review: Robert Pattinson’s Neil is the best character in the film because his job is to inform the Protagonist of what is going on through long exposition dumps. We like him because he is the only one helping us get some kind of baring into the story. Everything and everyone else is muddled and messy.

New York Post: He teams up with Neil, played by a wisecracking Robert Pattinson. The Brit, who channels Dudley Moore, gets better with every role.

The Only Critic: Neil (Robert Pattinson, looking exceptional)

Forbes: Washington and Pattinson make such a good team that you’ll wish that the movie was more about them as people/characters going on a spy adventure versus them being glorified action figures for a stunts > character spectacle.

Associated Press: a British fixer named Neil (a delightfully knowing and especially dashing Robert Pattinson; you want him always to say more than he does)

Flickering Myth: Unfortunately, regardless of what direction they are moving, not all of the characters here are interesting…One can’t help but feel Robert Pattinson knows this, giving Neil an accent and some quirky tics to make up for being so unremarkable.

Silver Screen Riot: Only Robert Pattinson’s portrayal of breezy English safecracker Neil communicates any sense of fun but even he is wildly underutilized. 

Salt Lake Tribune: “Tenet” also benefits from a sharp cast. Pattinson shows James Bond-level charm as the suave and slippery Neil.

The Establishing Shot: Pattinson has a blast cutting loose. (And few can rock a scarf with panache as he can.)

Comics Beat: The film’s lead trio of PattinsonDebecki, and Washington have a natural and easy chemistry that helps disarm some of the more difficult moments in Tenet, and the warmth they bring to the roles helps fill in the very broad shape of characters they’re working with on paper.

Digital Journal: Pattinson is the adept, likeable sidekick.

The Movie Blog: Robert Pattinson was enjoyable as the espionage action sidekick.

Vanity Fair: Robert Pattinson glides more easily through the film, mostly because he gets to play the fun guy—the Tom Hardy in Inception to Washington’s Leonardo DiCaprio. In loose linen suits and a Nolan-ish mop of hair, Pattinson lends the film a needed air of languid nonchalance. He’s having a good time, because he’s been allowed to.

Vanyaland: Pattinson’s semi-sweaty charm radiates off the screen

The Atlantic: and his charming pal Neil (a delightfully breezy Robert Pattinson)

Pajiba: Neil (Robert Pattinson, having a grand old time and giving this movie the jolt of energy it needs)…my new fetish is a rakishly haired Pattinson, wearing a bulletproof vest, counting down to the start of a particularly risky plan.

Patriot Ledger: Aiding the Protagonist is his sidekick, a rakish bloke filled by a scene-stealing Robert Pattinson.

The Main Edge: Pattinson is a great foil to Washington, bringing a combination of competence and earnestness that makes him extremely engaging. When he can unleash his easy charm on screen, he always shines.

Espinof (Spanish): The only one that awakens me a minimum of interest is Robert Pattinson, more for the actor himself, who is having a great time with the role

St Louis Post Dispatch: Robert Pattinson appealingly smirks his way through his role as some sort of English intelligence agent, probably

Fresh Fiction: [Pattinson] continues to impress … Pattinson’s charm is ever-present in Tenet as he hashes out an elaborate plan to crash a plane…The dynamic between him and Washington is the power of the film.

USA Today: It’s also fun to see him working beside Pattinson, who exudes a more Bondian suaveness. Sometimes one’s the sidekick, sometimes it’s the other, though they fit together naturally no matter what’s going on in the usually explosive proceedings.

Larsen on Film: Robert Pattinson, who seems to be riffing on a young Roger Moore, gives my favorite performance.

The Spool: Robert Pattinson as Neil, who gives a charming performance as another mysterious agent…he gets a lot of duff lines and gives a boatload of exposition, but he still manages to stay charming and fun despite the dead weight the movie gives him…Tenet tells us very little about Neil, the performance carrying almost the entire character.

Dwight Brown Ink: Robert Pattinson adds a very mysterious element. You’re not sure if you can trust Neil, because the actor adds a dubious twist to his performance. 

Movies and Shakers: Robert Pattinson saves the day with his more aloof, let’s not take this too seriously, demeanor. … But even with the lush locations, the characters are definitely not as slick. Pattinson comes close and provides a little relief. 

FanSided: Far and away the most likable character in the film is Robert Pattinson’s Neil, but that’s more of a comment on Pattinson’s magnetism and ability to light up a room as opposed to a compliment for the film’s writing, which is again, flat as a board.

Media Mikes: Pattinson, who with recent strong performances in films like “The Lighthouse” and “Highlife,” has left the stigma of the ‘Twilight” series in the rearview mirror.  His character here has a sly air about him, enough so that I feel much better about his being cast to be the next Batman

Splice Today: Pattinson shows again that he’s the real deal

Slash Film: Neil, played by a delightfully propper Robert Pattinson as a man fond of rumpled suits, loose scarves, and dry wit. Washington and Pattinson are great together. – they have fun, easy-going chemistry. But Tenet would be better served by giving Pattinson a bit more to do.

Vox: Neil (Robert Pattinson, excellent as always)

Hollywood in Toto: and a fellow spy played with panache by Robert Pattinson

Boston Globe: The occasional raised eyebrow that makes Robert Pattinson so enjoyable as the agent’s sort-of sidekick would pull the rug out from under the movie.

The New Yorker: The lushest spectacle of all is that of Robert Pattinson, who plays the Protagonist’s very British sidekick… Ellen Page, with her sportive smile, brought a leavening amusement to Nolan’s “Inception” (2010), and Pattinson, loucheness incarnate, does the same for “Tenet.”

Victoria Advocate: I also enjoyed Pattinson as the wingman … His light and airy performance provides a nice contrast to the heavy subject matter.

Alternate Ending: Debicki and Pattinson are both really great, pouring personalities and specificity into Nolan’s stock figures

Our Quad Cities: Robert Pattinson, who looks and acts for all the world like Robert Vaughn’s spy in the television series “The Man from U.N.C.L.E”

Austin Chronicle: for a writer often accused of being humorless, this may be his most playful script, often arid in its dry humor, and much of it provided by Pattinson playing an inverted Felix Leiter to Washington’s stoical Bond riff.

Denerstein Unleashed: Pattinson brings casual charm to his portrayal

Cine Premiere (Mexico): featuring the increasingly talented Robert Pattinson

Boulder Weekly: praise Robert Pattinson’s perfectly calibrated performance

Screen Zealots: I actually enjoyed all of the quality performances from the cast 

Cambridge Day: It’s Pattinson and Debicki’s characters who bristle with conflict and nuance. Pattinson, since his “Twilight” days, has been immersed in dark, character-driven fare (“Good Time,” â€œHigh Life”), and it shows here in his freelance operative, who may have other marching orders

Codigo Espagueti: “The good – Pattinson”

Flix Chatter: I’d also recommend it for the actors, particularly J.D. Washington and Pattinson. 

Dark Horizons: Most of the enjoyment comes from Pattinson as a stand-in for a slightly more James Bond-ian version of Nolan himself. Milking every scene be it with a delightfully cheeky affected British accent different from his own, or showing a surprising knack for action and gunplay sequences, he’s a reassuring presence even if it marks an unremarkable addition to his impressive resume.

Rendy Reviews: The person who steals [Washington’s] spotlight is the dashing Robert Pattinson. 

Chicago Reader: Neil (Robert Pattinson, surprisingly effective; his chemistry with Washington is one of the film’s highlights).

Phawker: The only winner here is Robert Pattinson, who excels in Nolan’s world.

The Sour

Irish Times: At first, Pattinson, playing a louche British agent straight out of Graham Greene, looks to be holding his own, but eventually he too gets engulfed by the boiling confusion. Oh, for a bit of dumb-ass 007 linearity.

Moviesr: Robert Pattinson’s presence has not been felt much.

FlavourMag: Far from groundbreaking story-telling or even award-winning performances – despite the talent on show, most of these characters could have been played by anybody and I constantly found myself thinking of Pattinson in his new Batman role – this is by no means one of Nolan’s best works ..

Casey’s Movie Mania: Robert Pattinson is largely forgettable as the protagonist’s partner and fellow operative, Neil

Exclaim!“: It’s a relatively basic premise about the non-linear nature of time that gets a whole lot knottier with the inclusion of an dashing sidekick named Neil (Robert Pattinson, whose presence is never sufficiently explained)

Slant Magazine: he connects with his sometimes posh, sometimes cockney gun-toting handler, Neil (Robert Pattinson), who explains concepts of parallel universes and the grandfather paradox to him as if knowing that the man was too busy in C.I.A. training to ever watch Back to the Future Part II.

The New Paper: But it is difficult to care for the leads here, like Washington’s top spy or his sidekick (Robert Pattinson), because they are accorded almost no backstory, just forgettable ciphers passing through space and time.

At the Movies: If Nolan had as tight a grip on the emotions of this story as he did the pseudo-science, he might have achieved much more, especially with Debicki and Pattinson as emotional levers on Washington.

Weekend Warrior: but no one will ever be able to convince me that Robert Pattinson is a good actor after seeing his performance in Tenet is just nuts. Pattinson is so bad as Neal after playing so many outlandish characters in recent years that hearing (presumably) his very own British accent just comes off as weird.

The New Statesmen: Robert Pattinson, rakish with his blond highlights and scarves, would go by Light Relief, rather than the infinitely more disappointing Neil.

We Are Movie Geeks: Pattinson has done some good work in many films but here he is a one-note character, a handsome, smiling cipher who provides whatever backup or miracle fix is needed by Washington’s hero character.

AV Club: As ornamental here as the expensive suits he wears

Battle Royale with Cheese: John David Washington and Robert Pattinson certainly enhance their roles with a daft charm and suave confidence, yet none of the character work here feels very inspired.

  • sue
    Posted on August 22, 2020

    I’m so excited – thank God today has finally arrived! Can’t wait to finally meet Neil – I think I’m gonna love him …..

  • sue
    Posted on September 10, 2020

    Okay, I know I’m biased. But I shake my head at those “sour” comments – clearly they didn’t really get the movie, right?

  • Maria
    Posted on September 10, 2020

    I’m always perplexed at the reviews that say there was “NO” chemistry with Rob and JDW – not sure what film they were watching (if they watched Tenet at all)!

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