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The Walker (2007)

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53

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 64
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 30

Despite a strong performance from Woody Harrelson, The Walker can be slow and dull at times, detracting from the talented cast.

55

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 10

Despite a strong performance from Woody Harrelson, The Walker can be slow and dull at times, detracting from the talented cast.

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27

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 10,095

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Carter Page is a well-heeled and popular socialite who serves as confidant, companion, and card partner to some of the capitol's leading ladies. These pampered women are married to the most powerful men in America, and when their husbands are too busy running the country to attend to their wives, they turn to their "gay best friend," Carter, for warmth, wit and wisdom. Carter's loyalty is tested when his dearest friend finds herself on the brink of a scandal that could destroy her reputation and

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Paul Schrader

Apr 22, 2008

$43.2k

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All Critics (67) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (30) | DVD (6)

Paul Schrader directs The Walker, and the writer has a way with understatement. Like his 1992 gem Light Sleeper, this movie draws you in with its reserve.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Written and directed with elegant finesse by Paul Schrader, the film is a character study wrapped in a story of political and corporate misconduct.

January 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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There is good writing here, and Thomas is very good as always, but the movie works because of Harrelson's performance.

December 14, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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It's vaguely interesting, but vagueness isn't a big turn-on for most audiences. You keep wishing The Walker would break into an extended run in some direction. But instead it merely meanders.

December 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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This is no masterpiece, but a fine-tuned little thriller packed with meticulously chosen details of character and place.

December 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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The Walker is a well-lubed vehicle for Schrader's own sunset cruise.

August 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Page is a great character in search of a movie, and "The Walker" doesn't provide it.

February 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A social dandy finds out he has an unexpected inner strength.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Wittily entertaining stuff, with the cast clearly relishing their snarky dialogue. Plus, the backdrop of political double dealing, with references to Whitewater and other D.C. shenanigans, adds an extra element of interest.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

[G]uilty of the most mortal of all movie sins: It's dull.

December 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

If Schrader was willing to enliven the pace, The Walker would easily become a riveting thriller, but the situation gets resolved with too much ease.

December 19, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

Though hardly a revelatory journey, it's a stroll that offers some modest pleasures along the way.

December 18, 2007 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

A mystery that isn't mysterious, a thriller that's barely thrilling.

December 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The rattling whispers of political critique come off as fledgling efforts to give the film an importance above what it is

December 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Harrelson's overly pronounced southern accent doesn't come close to its alleged Virginian origin in a slight murder mystery where we care nothing for the victim, the suspect or the identity of the killer.

December 9, 2007 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Though ultimately flawed, the film's depiction of velvet-gloved cruelty and matter-of-fact betrayal is surprisingly potent, and it's pure pleasure to watch Bacall prowling the corridors of power.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for The Walker

I really wasn't feeling it at first but it soon grew on me and by the end I could say that I enjoyed it. I would say the same of Woody Harrelson's performance too, the film and his performance are much the same thing, like his performance, like the film and vice versa. The supporting cast is impressive although no one really has much to do apart from a two minute scene each, although they all do very well at what they do have. It's not your average murder mystery which helps keep one entertained but it does seem to lack that certain something that would make it special. I think it could have been something special but it's worth a watch as it is.
May 22, 2013
SirPant

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Carter Page III: I have had some illusions shattered... I thought we weren't an aggressor nation. I thought there was a separation between church and state. Hell, I even thought that the people elected the president. 

"Everyone loves a good scandal"

The Walker is an example of great performances in search of a good movie. The whole time I was watching this film, I was thinking, this should be an amazing movie. Woody Harrelson and Kristin Scott Thomas both gave extraordinary performances. The film looked great and had an appeal to it that should have made me love it. But it never managed to suck me in. I was left feeling less than satisfied by the way Schrader managed the tempo and scandal. Schrader had some interesting ideas, but never managed to execute them to their fullest potential.

Woody Harrelson plays Carter Page III, a gay escort who spends time with the rich women of D.C. His job is to keep them company, sometimes by playing cards with them. He drives them around , tells them how good they look, and talks to them about everything. One day he is driving Lynn Lockner  to where her lover is awaiting her. When she arrives she comes back out telling Carter that the man is dead. Carter decides to cover for her since this would ruin her and her husband's life, and tells the police that he found the man. This puts him as suspect number one, and he soon finds himself knee deep in a scandal.

I preferred the last thirty minutes of the film to the first hour, fifteen. The first part of the movie is so dull and at times had me restless. The last part did start to pull me in again, but by that time it was really too late. The Walker had a lot potential, and I did enjoy the performances and the sophisticated sets, but Schrader could have had a masterpiece. Instead it's just a decent little dramatic scandal.
January 19, 2012
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Melvin White

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The last time writer/director Paul Schrader delved into the seedy world of male escorts was in 1980 with "American Gigolo". That film gained notoriety, not for it's quality or exemplary filmmaking but for being the first time on screen that there was full frontal male nudity in a mainstream film. Thankfully we are spared such indescretion this time, but it still doesn't save the film.
Carter Page III (Woody Harrelson) is an escort for some of Washington, D.C.'s finest society women. He accompanies them to several high-class events whenever they are in need of male company. When the husband of one of his lady friends appears murdered, Carter gets caught up in a scandal-tinged murder mystery.
Paul Schrader is normally quite reliable but I wish I had remembered that the aforementioned "American Gigolo" was a stinker before I'd sat down to this equally poor retread and saved myself the time. And quite a bit of time that would have been. It would have amounted to 1hour 47mins, which going by the pace of this film, would have seemed as if I'd saved more. By god this film takes a long time going nowhere. Harrelson puts in a decent attempt as the gay socialite with southern drawl but ultimately he's miscast. He maintains your interest for a short time and from the beginning the film looks very promising. However, it soon becomes very dull, very quickly, and there's nothing Harrelson or the impressive supporting cast of fabulous actresses can do about it.
Murder mysteries normally have anticipation, suspense, and intrigue. This has neither, and going by the mis-judged tempo of the film, "The Crawler" would have been a better choice of title.
April 20, 2011
MrMarakai

Super Reviewer

A wonderful performance by Woody Harrelson and some crisp dialogue mask a rather weak who-done-it.

As it takes place in the nation's capital, somehow I was not surprised that the rat's all abandoned the sinking ship as soon as they sniffed an iceberg. This certainly was no revelation, and to hinge a film on that tired premiss was unfortunate.

This film would have faired much better as a charactor study of a gay man who stands outside beltway society on one hand, and yet wallows in it on the other; who still somehow believes in some basic sense of honor and responsibility. He sticks by one of his "girls", even though he believes her to be guilty, and even though by doing so he places himself squarly in the DA's sights. The irony of course is that the "old money" powerbrokers (of which he once was a part, until he was outed) have already shown their true colors by condemning his sexual actions in the first place.

An interesting film and a social commentary wrapped inside a standard potboiler that never quite comes to a boil.
May 31, 2009
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