- Robert Pattinson is an actor who first skyrocketed to fame with his role as Edward Cullen in “Twilight” (2008).
- Insider ranked all of Pattinson’s films based on critical scores on Rotten Tomatoes.
- “Good Time” (2017) and “The Lighthouse” (2019) currently stand as his highest-rated films on Rotten Tomatoes.
- However, other films like “Queen of the Desert” (2017) and “Little Ashes” (2009) didn’t win over critics.
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Best known for his breakout role as vampire Edward Cullen in “Twilight,” Robert Pattinson has since become recognised for his work in independent dramas and comedies.
Although Pattinson has earned praise for many of his post-“Twilight” performances, not all of his films have been a hit with critics.
Note: All scores were current on the date of publication and are subject to change. Films without critical ratings were not included. Films in which he had an uncredited role were also not included.
Pattinson’s lowest-ranked film is the period drama “Queen of the Desert” (2017).
Critic score: 18%
Synopsis: Based on a true story, “Queen of the Desert” follows Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman) as she leaves life in England behind and travels across the Middle East, forming a love affair with a British officer (James Franco) along the way.
Robert Pattison appeared as famous archaeologist T.E. Lawrence.
Pattinson was Salvador Dali in “Little Ashes” (2009).
Critic score: 24%
Synopsis: In the period drama “Little Ashes,” renowned artist Salvador Dali (Robert Pattinson) and poet Frederic García Lorca fall in love in the Pre-Spanish Civil War era.
The two revolutionary men struggle with their love for their country as they delve deeper into their own identities.
He was lead vampire Edward Cullen in “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” (2011).
Critic score: 25%
Synopsis: The first part of a two-part adaptation of the “Breaking Dawn” novel, “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” centres around Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) as they go from wedded bliss to chaos.
When Bella miraculously gets pregnant, their future child portends consequences they never could have expected.
The actor was Tyler Hawkins in the drama “Remember Me” (2010).
Critic score: 27%
Synopsis: In the coming-of-age drama “Remember Me,” Pattinson played Tyler Hawkins, a man who struggles to connect with his father (Pierce Brosnan) following a tragic loss.
He finds solace in Ally (Emilie de Ravin) but outward influences threaten the future of their relationship.
In “Bel Ami” (2012), Pattinson played Georges Duroy.
Critic score: 27%
Synopsis: “Bel Ami” is a drama about Georges Duroy (Pattinson), a clever traveller who rises through the ranks of Parisian society in the 1890s.
As he goes from extreme poverty to settings of extravagant wealth, Duroy becomes entrenched in a world of lies and seduction.
Pattinson returned as Edward Cullen in “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” (2009).
Critic score: 28%
Synopsis: In the second adaptation of the popular “Twilight” book series, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” begins with Edward (Pattinson) leaving Bella (Stewart) behind in an effort to protect her.
Heartbroken, Bella grows closer to her friend Jacob (Taylor Lautner) only to discover that vampires aren’t the only supernatural creatures in their small town of Forks.
He starred opposite Kristen Stewart again in “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” (2010).
Critic score: 48%
Synopsis: Upon Edward’s return to Forks in “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” Bella (Stewart) struggles to grapple with her love for him and her burgeoning attraction to Jacob (Lautner).
Amidst the love triangle that develops, Edward and Jacob attempt to put their feelings aside to protect Bella from a group of malevolent vampires.
Pattinson originated his role as Edward Cullen in “Twilight” (2010).
Critic score: 49%
Synopsis: In the first “Twilight” film, high schooler Bella Swan (Stewart) transfers to a new school in rainy Forks, Washington, and is immediately drawn to otherworldly student Edward Cullen (Pattinson).
As Bella becomes more certain that Edward is a vampire, her love for him grows as well.
The actor co-starred with Kristen Stewart once more in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” (2012).
Critic score: 49%
Synopsis: In the final instalment in the “Twilight” franchise, Bella acclimates to her new life as a vampire as she and Edward bind together to protect their supernaturally gifted daughter Renesmee, who’s very existence catches the unwelcome attention of law-abiding vampires.
With the Cullens’ help, Bella does everything possible to protect her family.
Pattinson played Officer Mandel in “Waiting for the Barbarians” (2019).
Critic score: 54%
Synopsis: Based on the novel of the same name, “Waiting for the Barbarians” centres around Colonel Joll (Johnny Depp), a magistrate who starts to question his loyalty to his empire as he oversees a colonial town.
Pattinson portrayed Officer Mandel, a sadistic warrant officer who works for Colonel Joll.
He was Reese Witherspoon’s love interest in the romantic drama “Water for Elephants” (2011).
Critic score: 60%
Synopsis: Set in the 1930s, the drama “Water for Elephants” follows the romance between veterinary student Jacob (Pattinson) and star circus performer Marlena (Reese Witherspoon).
Together, the two share affection for an elephant in their travelling circus that falls under their protection.
In “Maps to the Stars” (2015), he appeared as Jerome Fontana.
Critic score: 61%
Synopsis: David Cronenberg’s dark comedy “Maps to the Stars” tracks the unwieldy fortune of the Weiss family, headed by TV therapist Stafford Weiss (John Cusack).
Pattinson appeared as Jerome Fontana, a limo driver who forms a friendship with Agatha Weiss (Mia Wasikowska), Stafford’s estranged daughter.
Pattinson played Dennis Stock in the biopic “Life” (2015).
Critic score: 65%
Synopsis: The drama “Life” shows a snapshot look at James Dean (Dane DeHaan) through the eyes of Dennis Stock (Pattinson), the Life magazine photographer assigned to profile him.
The two men build a budding friendship as James opens up to Dennis about life in Hollywood.
He was Eric Parker sci-fi film “Cosmopolis” (2012).
Critic score: 65%
Synopsis: Before “Maps to the Stars,” Pattinson collaborated with director David Cronenberg in the 2012 sci-fi drama “Cosmopolis.”
Set in New York City in the near future, the film features Pattinson as Eric Parker, a privileged Wall Street financier whose life is plunged into imminent danger when he sets foot in the real world.
He played a malevolent preacher in “The Devil All the Time” (2020).
Critic score: 65%
Synopsis: In a corrupt town filled with death and darkness, one man (Tom Holland) attempts to protect himself and his family from evil – which includes a not-so-good preacher (Pattinson).
The actor was Rey in the dystopian film “The Rover” (2014).
Critic score: 66%
Synopsis: Set 10 years after a devastating global collapse, “Rover” is a science-fiction thriller about a loner named Eric (Guy Pearce) who does his best to survive in a lawless society.
After his car is stolen by thieves, Eric forces Rey (Pattinson) into helping him retrieve his prized possession at any cost.
Pattinson appeared opposite Mia Wasikowska once more in the western “Damsel” (2018).
Critic score: 67%
Synopsis: “Damsel” is a modern Western with a comedic twist, featuring Pattinson as pioneer Samuel Alabaster, a man travelling across the American Frontier to reunite with his true love Penelope (Mia Wasikowska).
With Parson (David Zellner) by his side, Samuel’s journey through the Wild West grows complicated in ways they never could have predicted.
In the drama “The King” (2019) he was The Dauphin of France.
Critic score: 71%
Synopsis: The historical drama “The King” tracks the ascension of King Henry V of England (Timothée Chalamet) as he inherits the throne from his deceased father.
Pattinson appears in the film as the Dauphin of France, an adversary who challenges the young king’s seat of power.
Critic score: 73%
Synopsis: In this spy film, an intelligence agent (John David Washington) goes on an epic, time-bending journey to save the world.
Pattinson played Neil, a sidekick of sorts.
Pattinson re-appeared as Cedric Diggory in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (2007).
Critic score: 78%
Synopsis: In “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” Pattison is credited for his reappearance as Cedric through flashbacks as Harry works through the loss of his friend and fellow student.
Pattison first appeared in the acclaimed “Harry Potter” fantasy series in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005) as bright young wizard Cedric Diggory.
Pattinson was Monte in the art-house film “High Life” (2019).
Critic score: 82%
Synopsis: Set in the distant future, the art-house film “High Life” follows a crew of death-row inmates as their space program unravels at the edge of the galaxy.
Pattinson held the lead role of Monte, a former prisoner who is soon left on the ship with only his young daughter at his side.
The actor played Henry Costin in “The Lost City of Z” (2017).
Critic score: 86%
Synopsis: Based on a true story, the action-drama “The Lost City of Z” delves into the life of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) and his journey into the depths of the Amazon.
Pattinson appears as military officer Henry Costin, who assists in Percy’s quest to procure evidence of an undiscovered civilisation.
Pattinson first played Cedric Diggory in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005).
Critic score: 88%
Synopsis: “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” is the fourth instalment in the popular “Harry Potter” fantasy series, focusing on Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Forced to contend in a magical tournament, Harry builds an unexpected friendship with Hufflepuff student and fellow champion Cedric Diggory (Pattinson).
He was Charles in the drama “The Childhood of a Leader” (2016).
Critic score: 89%
Synopsis: Set in Europe during World War I, “The Childhood of a Leader” is a historical drama that centres around Charles (Pattinson), the son of an American diplomat navigating life during wartime.
The dark coming-of-age story allows viewers to see France through Charles’ eyes as he witnesses the Treaty of Versailles and the first gasps of fascism in Europe.
Pattinson played Ephraim Winslow in “The Lighthouse” (2019).
Critic score: 90%
Synopsis: Horror film and drama in equal measure, “The Lighthouse” tells the story of two lighthouse keepers: Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe) and Ephraim Winslow (Pattinson).
The two are driven to madness and delusion as they man their lighthouse post on a remote New England island in the 1890s.
Pattinson was Connie Nikas in “Good Time” (2017), his best-rated film.
Critic score: 92%
Synopsis: In the crime thriller “Good Time,” Constantine Nikas (Pattinson) races through the nasty underbelly of New York City’s criminal world in an effort to free his younger brother from jail.
As Constantine desperately accrues more money to save his brother, he finds himself putting his own life on the line.