From The Gazette - VERY Spoilerish
It turns out Robert Pattinson sparkles after all. Known around the world by millions of teenaged girls as the heartthrob vampire from the “Twilight” franchise, Pattinson proves in “Remember Me” that adults should take him seriously, too. “Remember Me” is a moving and gentle film about the healing power of love and the indiscriminate agony of loss.
Pattinson plays Tyler Hawkins, a sort of modern day James Dean, rebellious and brooding, emotionally crippled by the suicide of his older brother and the indifference of his work-obsessed, filthy rich, Wall Street lawyer father (Pierce Brosnan) who he is obviously terrified of becoming. Tyler is nearly the same age his brother was when he took his life, a milestone that manipulates his emotional state like a marionette on strings.
When Tyler’s not in the dilapidated Lower East Side apartment he shares with his happy-go-lucky, smart-alecky roommate Aidan (Tate Ellington), he can be found with his 11-year-old sister Caroline (Ruby Jerins), whom he obviously looks up to and shares the most intimate connection of their fragmented family.
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From The Miami Herald - Spoilerish
Aside from raking in billions in cash, the Twilight franchise has brought its three leads thriving acting careers. Taylor Lautner has become the highest-paid young actor in Hollywood seemingly overnight. Kristen Stewart will star as Joan Jett in a film due in April, and Robert Pattinson has earned enough clout to produce movies such as Remember Me for himself.
But Remember Me, which is more complex and ambitious than the formulaic romance its TV ads promise, is no mere star vehicle. Yes, there's an element of vanity in Pattinson's James Dean-ish turn as Tyler, an angst-filled New York City university student at odds with his powerful father (Pierce Brosnan). Tyler smokes cigarettes, quotes poetry, sits alone in diners scribbling in his notebook and runs his fingers through his hair.
Except that Allen Coulter, a recurring producer and director on HBO's The Sopranos, has surrounded Pattinson with a stable of actors strong enough to force him into his A-game. Remember Me, which follows what happens after the emotionally wounded Tyler falls in love with Ally (Lost's Emile de Ravin), a kindred spirit, allows him to display an emotional range he hadn't shown in Twilight, whether he's holding his own in a screaming match with Brosnan or being a doting older brother to his 11-year-old sister (Ruby Jerins).
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From The Boston Phoenix
Director Allen Coulter bites off more than he can chew in a rote romantic drama that finds Twilight's Robert Pattinson trading his fangs for James Dean's cool. As Tyler Hawkins, he nails the pretty-boy aura sure to please female fans, but he scotches the finer details, like smoking a cigarette in a convincing way.
Worse, he exhibits little chemistry with Lost's Emilie de Ravin, who plays Ally Craig, daughter of the New York cop (Chris Cooper) who arrests Tyler just days before the couple's first dinner date, at which Ally announces: "I prefer my dessert first. I just don't see the point in waiting."
Had Coulter dished up Remember Me's dessert at the outset, revealing the pseudo-poignant, jaw-dropping twist (which helps explain the unwise participation of veterans Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, and Lena Olin), he'd have enabled viewers to skip a distasteful meal that Pattinson's partisans might mistake for profundity.