More than a standard celebrity bio (…) the pic is a loving valentine from photographer-turned-helmer Corbijn to his name-making profession, with Robert Pattinson in a sly turn as Dennis Stock, the shutterbug who landed Dean a now-classic Life magazine spread.
Life identifies the key contradiction in Dean’s star persona: A shy, genuinely gifted nonconformist, he was (…) styled, marketed and managed to appear as untamed and undoctored an individual as possible. The 26-year-old Stock is similarly at the outset of a promising (…) career in his craft when he encounters Dean (…). The two young men strike up a tentative rapport based, it appears, on a blend of mutual suspicion and attraction. Stock professes to be intrigued by Dean’s “awkwardness” and “purity.” Dean, for his part, is fascinated by the cameraman’s fascination (…). As Stock and Dean shuffle their way through the Beat bars of New York City and, later, the clapboard heartland of the actor’s home state, the pictures that would later grace a million dorm-room walls emerge with jazzy nonchalance on the part of both artist and model.
DeHaan and Pattinson enact this anti-romance beautifully (…).
Guy Lodge, Variety