• R, 1 hr. 47 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Paul Schrader
    In Theaters:
    Dec 7, 2007 Limited
    On DVD:
    Apr 22, 2008
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The Walker Reviews

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Rob Nelson
Film Comment Magazine

The Walker is a well-lubed vehicle for Schrader's own sunset cruise.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

August 24, 2009
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 2/4

February 1, 2008
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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

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

January 11, 2008
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

January 11, 2008
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

January 11, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

January 10, 2008
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle

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

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

December 21, 2007
Eric Kohn
New York Press

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.

Full Review Source: New York Press

December 19, 2007
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

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

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B-

December 18, 2007
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 14, 2007
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C-

December 14, 2007
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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This is no masterpiece, but a fine-tuned little thriller packed with meticulously chosen details of character and place.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

December 14, 2007
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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The film feels long and slow, and the subject matter familiar. We never quite get caught up in it, despite the appealing cast; a thriller directed at a snail's pace simply isn't very thrilling.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

December 14, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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There is a deep morality at work here, as often in Schrader's work.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 14, 2007
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C-

December 13, 2007
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com

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

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

December 12, 2007
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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[Woody] Harrelson digs deep for this portrait of shallowness.

December 10, 2007
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.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.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C-

December 9, 2007
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 7, 2007
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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By the end of The Walker a movie that begins as a dazzling round of charades has deteriorated into a plodding game of Clue.

| Original Score: 2/5

December 7, 2007
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