I think I now know Kristen Stewart's "style" of acting and her abilities.
Her critics often speak of her as the most obvious example of wooden acting, and have created memes like this:
And videos like this:
In 2010 and 2011, she got 2 nominations for worst actress at the Razzies, and got it the following year for her performances in Breaking Dawn- Part 2 and Snow White and the Huntsman.
Her fans defend her, calling Kristen Stewart a talented actress and saying that it's unfair to judge her acting abilities based on Twilight alone. And now, they have a reason to believe themselves right- Kristen Stewart's performance in Clouds of Sils Maria has just made her the 1st American actress to win a César award (the French equivalent of the Oscars).
Besides Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, most of the 2 parts of Breaking Dawn, I've seen her in Snow White and the Huntsman, Cold Creek Manor, a bit of On the Road and recently, Still Alice and Clouds of Sils Maria. And seen her in interviews. She might be better as Valentine in Clouds of Sils Maria than as Bella, but her Valentine is exactly the same as her Lydia in Still Alice, and the same as herself. Kristen Stewart can't be anything but herself. Always awkward and twitchy, as though uncomfortable before the screen. Always tilts her head. Side-swept, tousled hair. Slightly husky voice. Always languid. Always the hipster+ tomboy appearance. Always the I-don't-care look, the tough girl image. And never shows much emotion. Kristen Stewart does (relatively) well in Clouds of Sils Maria not because she has talent, but because she doesn't have to show much emotion on her face. To put it plainly, she's good for 1 kind of role, as I've just described, which means that she's not good at all. The problem is not that she plays herself- lots of actors do that, in fact most actors do that, only a few can transform themselves into very different characters like Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Jessica Chastain, etc.; the problem is that Kristen Stewart's face is stiff, inexpressive, inflexible, wooden, that she can only do a good job when her character is a kind of hipster or outsider who doesn't give a damn about anything. Joy, happiness, ecstasy, fear, grief, anger, disappointment, shock, sympathy, confusion, worry... she can express none- when she has to, she resorts to the usual pained expression, or mouth-breathing, or lips biting, or lips curling, and such. Katharine Hepburn often played tough, headstrong, independent characters, but always portrayed them with humanity and revealed a hidden vulnerability, another dimension to her characters, and though she had a definite persona on screen, was never completely the same in different films, whereas in Kristen Stewart's case, there's nothing beneath, and I see no difference whatsoever.
Placed next to some other young actresses such as Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson, Shailene Woodley, Emma Roberts..., Kristen Stewart's a rather weak actress. The only thing I acknowledge is that she can somehow be fascinating, in her own way (as long as I don't have to watch several films of hers in a row). And as a model, she is cool. That is all.