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Thought provoking film about the plight of the unwanted migrant in the modern world. Richard Jenkins play's the disillusioned academic who's life in given new purpose by the chance meeting with this unknow world. Well worth the effort!
Subdued, nicely staged and excellently performed small drama centered on immigration and personal responsibility.
Pretty good, intriguing but not fantastic, in my opinion.
The performances are grounded in reality mirroring how people in real life would react to the series of events here, which draws you closer to the characters. The pacing isn't brisk which may be a turn off for some, but subjectively it doesn't need to be. It takes its time, engrossing you and leaving you hoping for the best, while simultaneously knowing the reality of the situation doesn't always come with a happy conclusion. The soundtrack, like most things in this film, isn't jarring, and helps set the mood.
Seeing Walter's character develop from a detached widower going through the motions in life to regaining the spice of life through Tarek, is warming and resonating to watch unfold. The drum playing is also a nice touch and adds a nice kick to the films atmosphere.
This could've easily been annoyingly preachy, but instead the film finds a certain middle ground. It's illegal immigrant characters acknowledge that they have broken the law, and we acknowledge that fact as well. But, regardless of that fact, seeing their predicament through their perspective garners sympathy nonetheless.
The Visitor is a poignant, sometimes humorous, relatable but overall rich film grounded in reality, avoiding the histrionics, with a strong script and central message that raises a difficult question and gives a realistic answer no matter how hard that answer is.
Pretty good movie! It kept my attention the whole way through, with a great performance from Richard Jenkins and great supporting cast! Loved the social/political commentary about immigration.
This film is beautiful and so moving. Every American who looks at immigration without any real contact with the issue should see this very poignant movie that very movingly presents the human tragedy of illegal immigrants. Although the date of release was 2008, the fact that the young Arab who gets arrested while traveling on the subway in New York City is from Syria and in a period post 9/11 is very telling because of the current threat that is even worse today because of the promised mass deportations and the anti-immigrant prejudice so prevent among US citizens now. I wish every American could see this film which presents the problem in all of its heartbreaking reality so that the viewer, like the main character, slowly, through the low key dramatic story, realizes the terrible human cost of this treatment of immigrants, and, like Walter, comes to see how very unfair it is. I don't usually post my movie reviews on FB, but I'm posting this one in the hopes that someone will be encouraged to watch this outstanding film
Tom McCarthy once again doing what he does best: quiet character dramas that take a simple plot and manage to become captivating through the pacing, the editing, the music, the acting and the way those characters face the events that occur. "The Visitor" is an engrossing film, put together in a way that the viewer effortlessly grows attached to the characters, without even noticing. Jenkins, in his first leading role, does an excellent job, and so do the other actors. An honest sophomore effort.
Richard Jenkins deservedly was honored with an Oscar nomination for his role as Walter - A man with a genuine heartfelt, passion not for writing, but for the well-being of others - He's a man that you find yourself rooting for during the entirety of the film. "The Visitor" does veer into slight political undertones, but it succeeds at connecting with its audience emotionally.
The Visitor benefits from Tom McCarthy empathetic grip on a delicate subject and Richard Jenkins' mesmerizing performance on the lead as a widower that befriends illegal immigrants.
3,5/5 Ratings for The Visitor
Critics Consensus: The Visitor is a heartfelt, humanistic drama that deftly explores identity, immigration, and other major post-9/11 issues.