Kristen Stewart rose to fame with the Twilight Saga movies by playing the character of Isabella Swan. Her affair with the girls’ eye candy Robert Pattinson only made her more popular. However, that and Twilight movies aren’t all that there is to her. Kristen Stewart has brilliantly acted in many other movies which showcase her real talent of acting and her skills to deliver different kinds of roles equally well.
10. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
One of Kristen’s most popular and known movies, Twilight Saga : Breaking Dawn part 1, is the fourth movie in line of Twilight Saga. Based on Stephenie Meyer’s novel with the same name, Breaking Dawn Part 1 ranks as the 4th highest-grossing film of 2011 worldwide. Kristen’s performance was praised by Gabriel Chong as “mesmerizing” and said that she “makes [Bella’s] every emotion keenly felt that runs the gamut from joy, trepidation, anxiety, distress and above all quiet and resolute determination.”
9. Snow White and the Huntsman
Another well known movie of Kristen Stewart is the Snow White and the Huntsman which was released in 2012. Stewart plays the lead role of Snow White in the movie. Even thought the movie got mixed reviews, critics praised Stewart’s performance in transforming Snow White from a shy and nervous young woman into a fierce warrior as opposed to her rather laid back character in the Twilight Saga.
Kristen Stewart acted in Zathura at the age of 15. Playing the role of an irresponsible elder sister of two young boys, Stewart received positive feedback for her role in the movie. The movie is adapted from the novel with the same name, Zathura, written by the author of Jumanji, Chris Van Allsburg. The sci-fi movie is about the adventures that unravel by playing the board game “Zathura” and mysteriously entering its world.
7. Cold Creek Manor
Released in 2003, Cold Creek Manor was Stewart’s fifth film. The psychological thriller got good reviews by the critics and so did Kristen who was playing the role of the daughter of the protagonist played by Dennis Quaid. For her performance in the movie, she was nominated for the Young Artist Award.
6. In the Land of Women
In the Land of Women, a romantic drama released in 2007, and Kristen’s performance in the movie as Lucy received mixed reviews.
Another one of Kristen’s best movies is Adventureland which released in 2009. She received High Times’ 2009 Stonette of the Year Award, due in part to her performance in the film. The drama-comedy move proved to be good choice for Kristen’s career as it gained her critical applauds from various people. Tom Long, Detroit News, wrote, “Yes, you’ve seen much of it before, and the nervous James character is now officially a cliché. But Stewart makes you care anyway. This, folks, is an actress.” Critic James Berardinelli, Reelviews, said, “Stewart is more than merely appealing in this role – she makes Em a fully realized woman, and some of the most intricate development results from what the camera observes in Stewart’s eyes.”.
4. The Runaways
The runaways, released in 2010, is undoubtedly Kristen Stewart’s one of the best movies. Based on the book “Neon Angel”, the movie is a real life depiction of the 1970’s all girl band The Runaways. Stewart’s performance in the movie as Joan Jett was widely praised by the critics as well as the viewers. The film grossed around $4.7 million all over the world. In her praise, the Metro Times wrote, “It turns out that Stewart is actually really good at capturing Jett’s icy, tough-but-cool girl swagger, adding the needed touches of vulnerability that transform it into a pretty terrific performance.. Stewart is a genuine rock star here.”
One of Kristen’s best works is the movie Speak. She plays the role of Melinda Sordino, a high school freshman, who has stopped speaking altogether after being raped. Her performance in the movie was appreciated by everyone including The New York Times which stated “Ms. Stewart creates a convincing character full of pain and turmoil.” Speak released in 2004 and was Kristen’s 6th movie. She was only 14 years old at that time.
2. Panic room
Panic room, Kristen’s fourth movie while she was just 12 years old, is unquestionably one of her best. She was nominated for Young Artists Award for the first time for her performance in this movie. The thriller movie revolves around the the mother-daughter duo who have locked themselves up in a room after burglars have invaded their home. The role of a tomboy, diabetic daughter was very well delivered by the young Kristen Stewart.
1. The Cake Eaters
Topping our list is Kristen’s The Cake Eaters which was released in 2007. The drama movie took 2 years in the making but when it released, it impressed a lot of critics and viewers. Kristen plays the role of Georgia, a young girl with Friedreich’s ataxia, a rare disease for which there is currently no cure. Critic Bill Goodykoontz,The Arizona Republic, said that Stewart “really shines…. She excels at both aspects of the performance, giving Georgia a strength that defies any sort of pity one might feel for her, without letting us forget her vulnerability”.