The Visitor Reviews

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Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale
August 28, 2013
THE VISITOR begs the question, "Is too late to try something new?" If your like the rest of the world, you want the answer to be "Never." THE VISITOR answers that in one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking ways you'll ever see.
David N. Butterworth
January 4, 2012
First with The Station Agent and now with The Visitor, actor-turned-director Tom McCarthy has quickly proven himself a master of the delicately-observed social drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
The Visitor gives Richard Jenkins a chance to develop a character for the whole running time.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
November 30, 2009
Un retrato sutil y sensible sobre la inesperada conexión que se produce entre cuatro personas de diferentes culturas y orígenes, y también una postal algo desencantada y agridulce de la Nueva York posterior al 11/9. Destacable actuación protagónica de Ric
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
May 14, 2009
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Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
March 2, 2009
Our patience with the characters' apathy and uninteresting demeanor is not rewarded enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
March 1, 2009
An interesting examination of the unusual relationship between a bored college professor and an illegal immigrant. There are some thought-provoking discussions in the film patched periodically with rough spots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 24, 2009
Tasting the bitter fruits of globalization
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
February 10, 2009
The astonishing sensitivity with which Richard Jenkins approaches his role is nicely complimented by the performances of other cast members.
Full Review | Original Score: 81/100

Time Out Sydney
February 5, 2009
Its mushy humanism is...insidious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 1, 2009
The best movies are those that understand the human condition and have a personal vision. The Visitor is one of those rare creations. The Visitor is a parable of decency.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5
Kevin A. Ranson
January 17, 2009
The not-so subliminal message about life being fair versus breaking the law isn't enough to carry a film purporting to be a character-driven drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/4.0
January 5, 2009
Jenkins, as always has a quiet, almost apologetic hesitation to his performance that serves him well as Walter....a very sweet and gentle film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
December 24, 2008
A showcase role for otherwise supporting actor Richard Jenkins, and he makes the most of it without ever being showy.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 26, 2008
Exactly the type of movie the GOP would rather Americans not see, as it individualizes (rather than demonizes) its foreign characters and provides them with a collective voice that demands to be heard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
November 23, 2008
A character study drowning in liberal guilt.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
November 19, 2008
Uplifting and undeniably winning in its perceptive landscape, The Visitor is no stranger to compelling filmmaking rooted in gentleness and inspirational fortitude
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
October 9, 2008
It is a lovely, well-crafted, bittersweet little film.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 3, 2008
Dabbles in messages and liberal guilt, but more importantly, it sets up a reasonable and genuine space for a fascinating and heartbreaking character.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
September 9, 2008
It's a lovely, moving film, marked by memorable performances throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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