The Visit Reviews

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
October 14, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Film Threat
January 9, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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April 26, 2001
It couldn't possibly work without a transcendent central performance. Harper gives us that, and more.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 20, 2001
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
April 20, 2001
A testament to the tenacity of the family, particularly the African American family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 20, 2001
A spare and moving study of regret and redemption, marked with chilling truths about a life behind bars.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 20, 2001
Contains some effective performances, not least from Hill Harper as Alex, the hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 20, 2001
Powerfully depicts the flowering of spiritual redemption within a young man who has every reason to give in to despair.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

E! Online
April 20, 2001
Harper ... turns in a powerful, nuanced performance and alone makes The Visit worth your time.
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
April 20, 2001
At its best when considering measures of masculinity and dread of not living up to them.
Dave White
IFilm
April 19, 2001
It backs up its earnest quality with a minimum of sentimentality and a cast-full of straightforward, moving performances.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
April 16, 2001
Good acting abounds.
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
April 16, 2001
There are some good performances and the material speaks to some powerful issues.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 9, 2001
The effect of watching people grapple with emotional difficulty and trying to communicate with one another proves riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
March 19, 2001
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
February 1, 2001
The acting carries the scenes and Walker-Pearlman's dialogue and screenplay make for an auspicious debut
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 1, 2001
Walker-Pearlman makes a striking first entry into feature films.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
February 1, 2001
The acting is magnificent across the board.
| Original Score: 7/10
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 31, 2001
If you are open to a leisurely paced psychological drama which enters the mind of a very unhappy fellow, you might gain the same satisfactions as I.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Entertainment Weekly
December 15, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: B
Wilson Morales
BlackFilm.com
May 13, 2003
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
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