The Walker Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Nelson
Film Comment Magazine
August 24, 2009
The Walker is a well-lubed vehicle for Schrader's own sunset cruise.

Bullz-Eye.com
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 10, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 11, 2008
A social dandy finds out he has an unexpected inner strength.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 11, 2008
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.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 11, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 10, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 18, 2007
Though hardly a revelatory journey, it's a stroll that offers some modest pleasures along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
December 14, 2007
There is good writing here, and Thomas is very good as always, but the movie works because of Harrelson's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
December 14, 2007
This is no masterpiece, but a fine-tuned little thriller packed with meticulously chosen details of character and place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 14, 2007
There is a deep morality at work here, as often in Schrader's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 10, 2007
[Woody] Harrelson digs deep for this portrait of shallowness.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 7, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 7, 2007
Like Richard Gere in [American Gigolo], Harrelson's Carter Page is as superficial as he is entertaining - at least, until he gets mixed up in a murder case.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 6, 2007
In this, the third in his 'lonely man' trilogy, [writer/director Paul] Schrader's reach exceeds his grasp, but his intentions are interesting, and the artifice he creates contributes to the otherworldliness of his Washington.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 6, 2007
A morally charged drama about the nasty games played by the rich and the powerful in Washington, D.C.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 5, 2007
All the emotional fuss dissipates in a small payoff when a big one was promised.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Scott Weinberg
Cinematical
September 16, 2007
An unexpectedly candid character study that features a supremely solid cast of characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
August 18, 2007
A small-scale, lovingly crafted, low-budget picture.
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AV Club
October 18, 2008
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
September 26, 2008
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