The Walker

2007

The Walker

Critics Consensus

Despite a strong performance from Woody Harrelson, The Walker can be slow and dull at times, detracting from the talented cast.

52%

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Total Count: 63

27%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 10,131
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Carter Page is a well-heeled and popular socialite who serves as confidant, companion, and card partner to some of the capitol's leading ladies. These pampered women are married to the most powerful men in America, and when their husbands are too busy running the country to attend to their wives, they turn to their "gay best friend," Carter, for warmth, wit and wisdom. Carter's loyalty is tested when his dearest friend finds herself on the brink of a scandal that could destroy her reputation and her husband's career. Offering to cover for her, Carter suppresses incriminating evidence, only to find himself the chief suspect in a criminal investigation. Suddenly, this well-connected man-about-town is a pariah, hounded by the police and forced to find the true culprit and clear his name. More importantly, he must re-examine whether it is important to be accepted by a society based on betrayal, hypocrisy, and corruption.

Cast

Woody Harrelson
as Carter Page III
Lauren Bacall
as Natalie Van Miter
Lily Tomlin
as Abigail Delorean
Ned Beatty
as Jack Delorean
Moritz Bleibtreu
as Emek Yoglu
Willem Dafoe
as Larry Lockner
Mary Beth Hurt
as Chrissie Morgan
William Hope
as Mungo Tenant
Geff Francis
as Detective Dixon
Steven Hartley
as Robbie Kononsberg
Garrick Hagon
as John Krebs
Michael J. Reynolds
as Ethan Withal
Jason Durran
as Officer Green
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Audience Reviews for The Walker

  • Jan 19, 2012
    Carter Page III: I have had some illusions shattered... I thought we weren't an aggressor nation. I thought there was a separation between church and state. Hell, I even thought that the people elected the president.  "Everyone loves a good scandal" The Walker is an example of great performances in search of a good movie. The whole time I was watching this film, I was thinking, this should be an amazing movie. Woody Harrelson and Kristin Scott Thomas both gave extraordinary performances. The film looked great and had an appeal to it that should have made me love it. But it never managed to suck me in. I was left feeling less than satisfied by the way Schrader managed the tempo and scandal. Schrader had some interesting ideas, but never managed to execute them to their fullest potential. Woody Harrelson plays Carter Page III, a gay escort who spends time with the rich women of D.C. His job is to keep them company, sometimes by playing cards with them. He drives them around , tells them how good they look, and talks to them about everything. One day he is driving Lynn Lockner  to where her lover is awaiting her. When she arrives she comes back out telling Carter that the man is dead. Carter decides to cover for her since this would ruin her and her husband's life, and tells the police that he found the man. This puts him as suspect number one, and he soon finds himself knee deep in a scandal. I preferred the last thirty minutes of the film to the first hour, fifteen. The first part of the movie is so dull and at times had me restless. The last part did start to pull me in again, but by that time it was really too late. The Walker had a lot potential, and I did enjoy the performances and the sophisticated sets, but Schrader could have had a masterpiece. Instead it's just a decent little dramatic scandal.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 01, 2012
    Paul Schrader is a filmmaker whose films require strong acting in order for them to work, as they are often dialogue-heavy. He doesn't rely as much on actions or visual effects as much as he does on words, so a good cast is an absolute necessity. That's one of the reasons why "The Walker" isn't all that great. The acting often seems cold and detached, especially from Lily Tomlin, who I found to be extremely monotonous. No one seems to be as involved as they should be. Really, the only good performance here comes from Woody Harrelson. He's basically the only reason to keep watching. He creates a character so unlike anything he's done before that we're immediately interested, and he does a great job at it. Other than his performance, "The Walker" isn't anything better than average. The writing's really not even all that great either, and that's surprising for Paul Schrader, who I usually find incredibly talented. He gives us a plot, but slightly obscures it. We know what's happening, but not as well as we should, and we continuously hear about Page's past, but Schrader never really goes any more in-depth with it. The pacing isn't anything to complain about, but I won't say that I was "excited" by what was happening.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2011
    Nailed subtle emotion, balanced heavy emotion and commitment to the gay element in a single role? Forget it, Woody Harrelson is officially on my favorite actors list. Now that that's over with, the film features compellingness, solid performances and fine dialogue. However, the lack of development, slowness and thrown-together storyline leave "The Walker" to be nothing too special of a film. Still, it's gonna have that special place in my heart for getting Harrelson on my favorite actor's list. "Special place in my heart"? Sounds like Harrelson's gayness in the film has some competition.
    Cameron J Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2011
    The last time writer/director Paul Schrader delved into the seedy world of male escorts was in 1980 with "American Gigolo". That film gained notoriety, not for it's quality or exemplary filmmaking but for being the first time on screen that there was full frontal male nudity in a mainstream film. Thankfully we are spared such indescretion this time, but it still doesn't save the film. Carter Page III (Woody Harrelson) is an escort for some of Washington, D.C.'s finest society women. He accompanies them to several high-class events whenever they are in need of male company. When the husband of one of his lady friends appears murdered, Carter gets caught up in a scandal-tinged murder mystery. Paul Schrader is normally quite reliable but I wish I had remembered that the aforementioned "American Gigolo" was a stinker before I'd sat down to this equally poor retread and saved myself the time. And quite a bit of time that would have been. It would have amounted to 1hour 47mins, which going by the pace of this film, would have seemed as if I'd saved more. By god this film takes a long time going nowhere. Harrelson puts in a decent attempt as the gay socialite with southern drawl but ultimately he's miscast. He maintains your interest for a short time and from the beginning the film looks very promising. However, it soon becomes very dull, very quickly, and there's nothing Harrelson or the impressive supporting cast of fabulous actresses can do about it. Murder mysteries normally have anticipation, suspense, and intrigue. This has neither, and going by the mis-judged tempo of the film, "The Crawler" would have been a better choice of title.
    Mark W Super Reviewer

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