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The Visitor Reviews

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
November 23, 2008
A character study drowning in liberal guilt.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 17, 2008
... I almost want to regurgitate that shawarma I once ate.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
April 6, 2008
The Visitor's allusions to our f----up state-of-affairs feel like gratuitous background noise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
Kevin A. Ranson
January 17, 2009
The not-so subliminal message about life being fair versus breaking the law isn't enough to carry a film purporting to be a character-driven drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/4.0
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Jason McBride
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2008
The film becomes less about the suffering of immigrants who have never enjoyed the embrace of Ellis Island than the righteous indignation of a liberal intelligentsia raging against its own powerlessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
April 10, 2008
Dull and depressing, The Visitor is leaden, lethargic and full of heavy-handed symbolism. The Statue of Liberty keeps popping up in the movie, which uses it like a cheap stage prop.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
April 10, 2008
McCarthy unquestionably means well, but he's made one of those incredibly naive movies (like last fall''s Rendition) that give liberals -- Hollywood liberals especially -- a bad name.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 11, 2008
McCarthy is so careful not to take a political stand that his film seems neutered by good intentions. In the spirit of squishy humanism, he soft-pedals a hard-hitting topic.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Cynthia Fuchs
April 30, 2008
The movie is grounded in a fundamental difficulty, that Walter's education is achieved by his engagement with this set of brown and black people.
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
March 2, 2009
Our patience with the characters' apathy and uninteresting demeanor is not rewarded enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Dave White
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5

Time Out Sydney
February 5, 2009
Its mushy humanism is...insidious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale
August 28, 2013
THE VISITOR begs the question, "Is too late to try something new?" If your like the rest of the world, you want the answer to be "Never." THE VISITOR answers that in one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking ways you'll ever see.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 2, 2008
The Visitor is a tiny treasure of a movie. This is a wistful comedy that quickly finds its rhythm, but never lets that groove become a rut.
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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James Berardinelli
April 9, 2008
This is a simple story of human drama that provides an incentive to spend a couple of hours in a movie theater during a spring that has not provided many such reasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pete Hammond
April 20, 2008
A wonderful human story, a beautifully directed and acted film of rare grace that just might renew your faith in life- and movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 18, 2008
Richard Jenkins and "The Visitor" make lovely music together. It's a case of a veteran character actor slipping on a leading role like the most comfortable pair of pants in the world.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 11, 2008
The Visitor tells of renewal through love. Its song is tinged with sadness, but stirring all the same.
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