The Visitor Reviews

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November 17, 2011
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.
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.
April 25, 2008
The Visitor is a small movie, but its emotions could not be writ any larger.
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 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.
April 21, 2008
The script here is very strong.
April 21, 2008
[Richard Jenkins] gets the role of a lifetime in this powerful second film by writer-director Thomas McCarthy.
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.
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.
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