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The Visit (2000)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 9

An earnest drama, The Visit gains much emotional power through its fine performances.


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 3

An earnest drama, The Visit gains much emotional power through its fine performances.



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A cast of distinguished veterans and promising newcomers headline this stark prison drama from first-time writer-director Jordan Walker-Pearlman. Hill Harper stars as embittered inmate Alex, sentenced to serve time for a rape he claims that he didn't commit. His link to the outside world is his upper-middle class bother Tony (Obba Babatunde), the only family member who's come to visit him in the half-decade he's been in jail. On his latest visit, Alex pleads with Tony to have the rest of the

Oct 23, 2001

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It couldn't possibly work without a transcendent central performance. Harper gives us that, and more.

April 26, 2001
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It's hard not to give it bonus points for avoiding prison movie clichés and for taking a long, unblinking look at the complex dynamics of one American family.

April 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A testament to the tenacity of the family, particularly the African American family.

April 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A spare and moving study of regret and redemption, marked with chilling truths about a life behind bars.

April 20, 2001
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Contains some effective performances, not least from Hill Harper as Alex, the hero.

April 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Powerfully depicts the flowering of spiritual redemption within a young man who has every reason to give in to despair.

April 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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More important than the technical precision of the actors' turns is the rapport they all share--which ultimately lends this story of a family its authentic, immediate poignancy.

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Feels dreadfully slow and often inert.

April 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

At its best when considering measures of masculinity and dread of not living up to them.

April 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper
Philadelphia City Paper

Harper ... turns in a powerful, nuanced performance and alone makes The Visit worth your time.

April 20, 2001 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

It backs up its earnest quality with a minimum of sentimentality and a cast-full of straightforward, moving performances.

April 19, 2001 Full Review Source: IFilm

Good acting abounds.

April 16, 2001
New Times

Overloaded with extra characters, tangled story lines, dance numbers, fantasies and flashbacks.

April 16, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

There are some good performances and the material speaks to some powerful issues.

April 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Exceptional performances from a well-worn cast transforms The Visit into a remarkable healing process, using the medicine of family and faith to heal a tortured soul.

March 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

A prime example of a movie that has clearly been agonized over and loved, but to virtually no ultimate effect.

February 1, 2001 Full Review Source:

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