International critics are offering solid praise for David Michôd’s second feature, the atmospheric outback road movie, The Rover.

The film screened to press this morning ahead of its red carpet premiere tonight, where it screens out of competition.

First reviews are strong, with particular praise for Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce’s performances. All critics note the film’s rather obvious thematic links to George Miller’s Mad Max films.

Variety observes that “Michôd’s sophomore feature isn’t exactly something we’ve never seen before, but it has a desolate beauty all its own, and a career-redefining performance by Robert Pattinson”.

The Hollywood Reporter calls the film “hypnotic and disturbing”, noting that it ought to “to find a responsive audience in specialised play”

UK’s The Guardian offers a more tempered review, noting that the film loses its way after a strong start, but “Michôd creates a good deal of ambient menace in The Rover; Pearce has a simmering presence”.