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The Visitor Reviews

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Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
August 29, 2008
A beautiful, quiet, measured movie about the death of some American values since September 11, 2001.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine Australasia
August 18, 2008
The tension dips occasionally but stick with it and you'll be richly rewarded.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
August 7, 2008
Beautifully cast and superbly performed, The Visitor never steps off the mark either emotionally or in character development. Richard Jenkins, usually in support roles, rises to the lead occasion with grace and a marvellously restrained performance
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
August 7, 2008
This is an exquisite and subtle character portrait and all the performances are wonderful.
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
August 4, 2008
...a celebration of multiculturalism as an American virtue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
June 8, 2008
The Visitor presents a rich, complex world where people connect in unexpected ways. It is a fitting follow up to the themes McCarthy covered in The Station Agent.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
June 8, 2008
...extremely well-written and well-acted, but it was far too politically biased...it reminded me of a Soviet or Chinese Communist propaganda film.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
June 6, 2008
Surefire material to pluck the heartstrings and for thesentimentally inclined, but...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
June 4, 2008
For those who want to see slowly evolving character studies that are very rewarding, THE VISITOR is a bullseye.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 2, 2008
The beautifully restrained performance by [Richard] Jenkins is the anchor of a film built around complex characters and quiet moments.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 28, 2008
The charms and wonders of the film lie in the performances of the leads, all of whom are better than perfect -- they feel real.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
May 25, 2008
A gently moving film that can warm your heart as easily as break it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 23, 2008
...a literate and low-key character study of an ordinary man in depressingly average straits.
Full Review | Original Score: 91/100
Rich Cline
Film Threat
May 22, 2008
Cuts across one of the West's most contentious political issues without ever getting political. And it features a terrific lead performance from Jenkins.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 20, 2008
Beautifully acted and staged, but at odds with itself: the emphasis is not on the 'visitors' but on the uptight professor, who experiences a spiritual rebirth thanks to the life-affirming presence of his new Third World friends...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 17, 2008
... I almost want to regurgitate that shawarma I once ate.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
May 15, 2008
Sophisticated, timely and compelling, it's a quintessential post-9/11 drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2008
It's almost funny how often and how closely The Visitor teeters toward cliché, only to deliver one gently genuine moment after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christian Toto
Washington Times
May 12, 2008
The Visitor might unite both sides of the illegal immigration debate - at least for two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
May 9, 2008
Jenkins, a veteran character actor perhaps best known as the dead father on Six Feet Under, gets the role of a career here...
| Original Score: 3/4
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