During their playing a board game, they turn their house into a spacecraft hurtling uncontrollably in outer space.The film was praised by critics, but Stewart's performance did not garner much media attention.
Stewart starred in the Lifetime/Showtime television film Speak (2004), based on the novel by the same name by Laurie Halse Anderson.
Stewart, 13 at the time of filming, played a high school freshman, Melinda Sordino, who after being raped nearly stops speaking.
For her portrayal of Tracy – a teenage singer who has a crush on young adventurer Christopher Mc Candless (played by Emile Hirsch) – Stewart received mixed reviews.
While considered her work a "sturdy, sensitive performance", and the Chicago Tribune noted that she did "vividly well with a sketch of a role", Variety Critic Bill Goodykoontz from The Arizona Republic said that Stewart "really shines....
Stewart was listed as the highest-earning female actress in the Vanity Fair "Hollywood Top Earners List of 2010", with an estimated earning of .5 million.
Her mother, Jules Mann-Stewart, is originally from Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia. Born in Los Angeles to parents working in show business, Stewart began her acting career in 1999 with uncredited roles and a minor character appearance in several films before gaining prominence in 2002 for playing Jodie Foster's daughter in the thriller Panic Room, which garnered her a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Feature Film.She went on to star in Speak (2004), Catch That Kid (2004), Zathura (2005), and Into The Wild (2007), for which she was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award.Twilight was released domestically on November 21, 2008.Stewart's performance garnered mixed reviews with some critics describing her as "the ideal casting choice" and praising her for conveying "Bella's detachment, as well as her need to bust through it;" others criticized her acting for being "wooden" and lacking variety in her facial expressions, which they described as "blank".After that film, she received the lead role of Jess Solomon in the supernatural thriller film The Messengers.