Scrutinizing the Kristen Stewart scrutiny at TIFF 2012

Scrutinizing the Kristen Stewart scrutiny at TIFF 2012

(Image: Erin Seaman)

From the moment she landed at Pearson airport to her departure on Sunday, star-watchers have tried to extract meaning from Kristen Stewart’s every twitch and smile. Indeed, her performance in On the Road mostly took a backseat to all the hubbub surrounding her reported split from Robert Pattison and the drama around her indiscretion with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. Below, a roundup of some of the more creative descriptions of KStew, ranked from the most unforgiving to the most fawning.

1.“apologetic cheater”
Though the Toronto Sun’s Joe Warmington praised Stewart for looking “pretty” at the On the Road premiere, he later referred to her as “apologetic cheater Kristen Stewart.” Rupert Sanders, the married man she had the fling with, was listed simply as “director” in the article.

2. “surprisingly poised”
Writing for Yahoo! Movies, Soraya Roberts describes the actress looking “surprisingly poised.” Given Stewart’s chronic discomfort with red carpets and the overall pressure of her first public appearance since the infidelity snafu, this comment doesn’t sound like a backhanded compliment…except the accompanying photo has the star looking rather more asthmatic than composed.

3. “stray cat”
Sarah Nicole Prickett’s interview in the Globe and Mail easily had the most inventive description of Stewart: “In person she is chill but so fierce-looking and wounded, like one of those stray cats who despise your kindness.”

4. “a true artist”
The Huffington Post’s Michael Hogan suggests Stewart’s risqué role as Marylou in On the Road could propel the star into the Best of Our Time stratosphere, asking, “Is Kristen Stewart the only major celebrity of her generation who also happens to be a true artist?” Hogan goes on to note that Stewart is “a real actress” and calls her turn in the movie “a bold, brave, indelible performance.”

5. “we stand by you always”
We can’t forget the Twi-hards and Stewart superfans who broke out the Bristol board and paint for her red carpet appearance. One of our writers, John Semley, noted one sign that read: “Talent, Beauty, Strength, and Courage. We Stand By You Always.”

Kristen Stewart Bella of the ball [Toronto Sun]
Onlooker yells ‘you little b—-’ at Kristen Stewart at TIFF: report [Yahoo! Movies]
Kristen Stewart reveals more than she means to [Globe and Mail]
Kristen Stewart in On the Road: Is She the Only Celebrity Making Real Art? [Huffington Post]
TIFF RED CARPET: Kristen Stewart, Twi-hards and unconditional love on display at the On the Road gala [Toronto Life]