The Visitor Reviews

November 17, 2011
April 4, 2011
March 2, 2009
Our patience with the characters' apathy and uninteresting demeanor is not rewarded enough.
February 5, 2009
Its mushy humanism is...insidious.
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.
November 23, 2008
A character study drowning in liberal guilt.
May 17, 2008
... I almost want to regurgitate that shawarma I once ate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 6, 2008
The Visitor's allusions to our f----up state-of-affairs feel like gratuitous background noise.