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Revisit Kristen Stewart’s 9 Most Underrated Performances

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Kristen Stewart may have gotten her big break in Hollywood as Bella Swan in the Twilight saga, but her oeuvre is so much more than a lovesick teenager yearning to become one with her immortal vampire boyfriend. Here, we celebrate some of her best — and most underrated — performances to date.

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Panic Room (2002)

In her second film role, Stewart plays a diabetic child who gets trapped inside a state-of-the-art panic room with her mom when burglars break into their Upper West Side brownstone. (Hulu, Starz)

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Into The Wild (2007)

Women going on life-changing trips to find themselves — a tale as old as time and one of Stewart’s first defining roles outside the Twilight franchise. (Netflix)

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Adventureland (2009)

Stewart is quintessential cool girl Em. She works at a rundown amusement park for fun while she’s home for the summer from NYU, resents her wealthy dad, and develops a quick rapport and flirtation with Jesse Eisenberg’s James. (HBO Max)

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The Runaways (2010)

No actor’s career is complete without some sort of biopic, and Stewart’s early foray into the genre was as the iconic rocker Joan Jett. (Netflix)

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Clouds Of Sils Maria (2014)

Stewart plays a loyal assistant to an international film star and stage actress in one of her first left-field roles that established her as an avant-garde acting powerhouse. (Sling TV, Amazon Prime)

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Still Alice (2014)

The gut-wrenching film follows Alice (Julianne Moore), a renowned linguistics professor, who begins deteriorating after her diagnosis of early onset familial Alzheimer’s disease. Stewart plays Alice’s youngest daughter and aspiring actress, Lydia, in one of her most tender roles to date. (Starz)

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American Ultra (2015)

Stewart and Eisenberg reunite in this dark comedy about a stoner who finds out he was part of MK Ultra and is now a CIA sleeper agent. (Amazon Prime)

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Personal Shopper (2016)

Stewart plays the titular personal shopper for an A-list celebrity. When she’s not picking up designer dresses for premieres, she’s on a mission to communicate with her deceased twin brother. (Amazon Prime)

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Lizzie (2018)

Stewart teams up with hall-of-fame indie film girl Chloë Sevigny in the true story of Lizzie Borden, a Massachusetts woman tried and acquitted of the ax murders of her father and stepmother. Stewart plays Irish immigrant and servant Bridget Sullivan, whose closeness with Lizzie culminates in a forbidden romance. (Amazon Prime)

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