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The Visitor Reviews

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 2, 2008
At first glance Walter isn't a guy you want to spend two hours with. But by the end of the film, you don't want to see him go. Jenkins is like that: He sneaks up on you and steals your heart with light-fingered skill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 25, 2008
The Visitor is a small movie, but its emotions could not be writ any larger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
April 25, 2008
The story of Vale's revitalization and his grief is compelling but simple, free of any sentimentality, and marked by powerful performances from Jenkins and Hiam Abbass, who plays Mouna Khalil, Tarek's mother.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 21, 2008
The script here is very strong.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 21, 2008
[Richard Jenkins] gets the role of a lifetime in this powerful second film by writer-director Thomas McCarthy.
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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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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 18, 2008
This gifted writer/director knows how to illuminate those moments in which people realize they have become essential to each other -- that each person's life has been gently changed by the other's presence.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
April 18, 2008
McCarthy puts a mark on each film, identifying it as distinctly his own. A couple more like them, and he'll be knighted an auteur.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 18, 2008
This is a film of our times -- paranoid, heartbroken, disillusioned -- and the rare recent American movie whose characters react the way actual people might.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 17, 2008
The Visitor gives viewers a perceptive, deeply personal take on the timeless immigrant narrative, in which the most epic journey is finally one of self-discovery.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 17, 2008
The Visitor is a delicate, human reminder of why independent films matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
April 17, 2008
Both halves of the story ring true in their way, but they don't ring out in harmony.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 11, 2008
All the main characters are inherently decent, and the humanity of their saga, which centers on illegal immigration, makes for a deeply moving film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 11, 2008
Best movie I've seen so far this year? Hands down, it's Tom McCarthy's superb The Visitor, which turns Richard Jenkins, one of the best character actors in the business, into a full-fledged star.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 11, 2008
Both director and cast exhibit the dedication of those who truly believe in the message at hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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+
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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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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 10, 2008
This is a small picture that explodes the boundaries of what size really means. Sometimes it's the smallest gesture that makes you feel most alive.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 10, 2008
The curious thing about The Visitor is that even as it goes more or less where you think it will, it still manages to surprise you along the way.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 10, 2008
The Visitor, featuring an award-caliber performance by Richard Jenkins as the prof, is a heartfelt human drama that sneaks up and floors you.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
April 10, 2008
The Visitor is a low-key, naturalistic, beautifully observed character study about the quiet angst of the buttoned-down soul.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 9, 2008
This audaciously issues-loaded indie drama works, improbably and entirely, on account of the marvelous, often familiar-looking, rarely starring character actor Richard Jenkins and his perfect performance as a stodgy, widowed economics professor.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 9, 2008
Tom McCarthy's The Visitor, from his own screenplay, is nothing short of a triumph for 60-year-old character actor Richard Jenkins, in his first leading role in a feature film.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 2, 2008
A marvelous film, small in expense but big in stature.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 19, 2007
Actor-turned-filmmaker Tom McCarthy demonstrates that the critical acclaim for The Station Agent in 2003 was no fluke.
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John Anderson
Variety
September 10, 2007
A film that is a combination immigrant/resurrection tale, Visitor tilts toward the soulful rather than the political and could be this year's humanistic indie hit.