Robert Pattinson may have scrubbed off his sparkly vampire sheen for 'Remember Me,' but rest assured: That carefully disheveled hair and those chiseled cheekbones are still blessedly intact.

And despite Twihards getting all lathered up over a much-clicked on shower scene, this romantic drama does, in fact, have a plot: Pattinson plays Tyler, a rich, brooding New York City college student who has taken to punching and stumbling angrily through life in the wake of a family tragedy. That is, until he meets and falls for Ally (Emilie de Ravin, a.k.a crazy Claire from 'Lost'), a coed with her own tragic past.

Lest you dismiss this as just another disaffected youth romance, Pierce Brosnan, Lena Olin and Chris Cooper are also on hand to flex some dramatic parental muscle. The movie -- where Pattinson (also an executive producer on the project) doesn't play some kind of fantasy character -- got a mixed bag of reviews. While some critics praised Pattinson for his non-vamped out role, other were harsh -- not just on the movie itself, but also by spoiling its big twist of an ending.

We endured the spoils so that you don't have to. Check out the sampling of reviews below, and let us know what you think. Robert Pattinson may have scrubbed off his sparkly vampire sheen for 'Remember Me,' but rest assured: That carefully disheveled hair and those chiseled cheekbones are still blessedly intact.

And despite Twihards getting all lathered up over a much-clicked on shower scene, this romantic drama does, in fact, have a plot: Pattinson plays Tyler, a rich, brooding New York City college student who has taken to punching and stumbling angrily through life in the wake of a family tragedy. That is, until he meets and falls for Ally (Emilie de Ravin, a.k.a crazy Claire from 'Lost'), a coed with her own tragic past.

Lest you dismiss this as just another disaffected youth romance, Pierce Brosnan, Lena Olin and Chris Cooper are also on hand to flex some dramatic parental muscle. The movie -- where Pattinson (also an executive producer on the project) doesn't play some kind of fantasy character -- got a mixed bag of reviews. While some critics praised Pattinson for his non-vamped out role, other were harsh -- not just on the movie itself, but also by spoiling its big twist of an ending.

We endured the spoils so that you don't have to. Check out the sampling of reviews below, and let us know what you think.

Variety: "Fate sticks its foot out to trip all the characters in all the worst ways in 'Remember Me,' a grave romantic drama with grandiose thematic intentions. Framed in a portentious manner with a calamitous ending that will only come as a surprise to those who haven't been paying attention, the modestly scaled film delivers some moving and affecting moments amid a preponderance of scenes of frequently annoying people behaving badly."

Entertainment Weekly: "As a shameless contraption of ridiculously sad things befalling attractive people, the engorged romantic tragedy 'Remember Me' stands tall between those towering monuments to teen-oriented cinematic misery, 'Love Story' and 'Twilight.'"

Time Out New York
: "There's tons of brooding for your buck in the hilariously earnest 'Remember Me,' which will hopefully be revived several years from now as a beloved midnight movie. 'Twilight' inamorato Robert Pattinson (star and executive producer) confidently sulks his way through this jaw-dropping mix of come-hither stares, 'love me, Daddy!' histrionics and historical tragedy. ... Bless you, R.Patz & Co., because this gloriously steaming pile is officially in the bad-movies-we-love pantheon."

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The Hollywood Reporter: "A smart, engaging drama about young love flourishing amid sadness and loss. The story ends on Sept. 11, 2001, in New York, which, depending on your point of view, further underscores the sense of loss implicit in the movie's title or is an unnecessary dramatic ploy to end the film with a devastating twist of fate that immediately connects with every audience member. But to return to the original point: 'Remember Me' is a smart, engaging drama about a romance."

Roger Ebert: "The fact is, 'Remember Me' is a well-made movie. I cared about the characters. I felt for them. ... These people and their situation grow more involving as the movie moves along. Then there's a perfect storm of coincidences to supply the closing scenes. That's what I object to."

The Miami Herald: "More complex and ambitious than the formulaic romance its TV ads promise. ... There's a distinctly bittersweet undertow to the picture that draws you in and helps you overlook the film's weaknesses.

The Village Voice
: "There's an insult-to-injury quality to a plain bad movie with a 'seize the day' message ('Remember Me's' tag line: 'Live in the Moments') that heckles you with all the other things you should or could be doing while you're marking time waiting on the credits. And 'Remember Me' is DMV dull, the plot showing so little motion toward a discernible resolution that after a while, you wonder if the movie will ever end."
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