A great review from theFilmStage.com. Here are some highlights:
(Duroy)is not an inherently vicious character, and does not do deliberately cruel things, but he certainly is amoral in many ways and Pattinson makes him all the more intriguing.
(Pattinson’s) vvperformance is certainly a big step away from the world of Twilight. Here, he is more matured, more developed as an actor. He shows a diverse array of emotion, and completely embodies the character of Duroy. It must have been difficult to know how to play a character that is very hard to read, but Pattinson makes a valiant effort with a complex portrayal of shallowness.
In addition to the strong show from Pattinson, the rest of the cast is also effective. A special mention must go to Colm Meaney for his commanding performance as the proud, authorative figure that also had a tender side. Also to Thurman, who depicts Madeleine’s cool, understanding character with a subtle and sincere portrayal. And given the intensity of the roles, it is impressive that none of the cast really takes anything over-the-top, something which would have lessened the impact of the film overall.