• PG-13, 1 hr. 44 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Tom McCarthy
    In Theaters:
    Apr 25, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 27, 2009
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The Visitor Reviews

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Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale

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.

Full Review Source: Gordon and the Whale

August 28, 2013
David N. Butterworth

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 Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 3/4

January 4, 2012
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

The Visitor gives Richard Jenkins a chance to develop a character for the whole running time.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

April 28, 2011
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

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 Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 3/5

November 30, 2009
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

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Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 4/5

May 14, 2009
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

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 Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3/4

March 1, 2009

Tasting the bitter fruits of globalization

Full Review Source: JWR | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 24, 2009
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

The astonishing sensitivity with which Richard Jenkins approaches his role is nicely complimented by the performances of other cast members.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 81/100

February 10, 2009
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly

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 Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Original Score: 4.0/5

February 1, 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 Source: Cinerina | Original Score: 4/5

January 5, 2009
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

A showcase role for otherwise supporting actor Richard Jenkins, and he makes the most of it without ever being showy.

Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 7/10

December 24, 2008
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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 Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

November 26, 2008
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

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

November 19, 2008
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

It is a lovely, well-crafted, bittersweet little film.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: A

October 9, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Dabbles in messages and liberal guilt, but more importantly, it sets up a reasonable and genuine space for a fascinating and heartbreaking character.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

October 3, 2008
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

It's a lovely, moving film, marked by memorable performances throughout.

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: B+

September 9, 2008
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

A beautiful, quiet, measured movie about the death of some American values since September 11, 2001.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 4/4

August 29, 2008
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine Australasia

The tension dips occasionally but stick with it and you'll be richly rewarded.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia | Original Score: 4/5

August 18, 2008
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Beautifully cast and superbly performed, The Visitor never steps off the mark either emotionally or in character development. Richard Jenkins, usually in support roles, rises to the lead occasion with grace and a marvellously restrained performance

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 7, 2008
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

This is an exquisite and subtle character portrait and all the performances are wonderful.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 7, 2008

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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