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The Walker Reviews

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Rob Nelson
Film Comment Magazine
August 24, 2009
The Walker is a well-lubed vehicle for Schrader's own sunset cruise.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
February 1, 2008
Page is a great character in search of a movie, and "The Walker" doesn't provide it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 11, 2008
A social dandy finds out he has an unexpected inner strength.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 11, 2008
Wittily entertaining stuff, with the cast clearly relishing their snarky dialogue. Plus, the backdrop of political double dealing, with references to Whitewater and other D.C. shenanigans, adds an extra element of interest.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 11, 2008
Paul Schrader directs The Walker, and the writer has a way with understatement. Like his 1992 gem Light Sleeper, this movie draws you in with its reserve.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 10, 2008
Written and directed with elegant finesse by Paul Schrader, the film is a character study wrapped in a story of political and corporate misconduct.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
December 21, 2007
[G]uilty of the most mortal of all movie sins: It's dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric Kohn
New York Press
December 19, 2007
If Schrader was willing to enliven the pace, The Walker would easily become a riveting thriller, but the situation gets resolved with too much ease.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 18, 2007
Though hardly a revelatory journey, it's a stroll that offers some modest pleasures along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
December 14, 2007
There is good writing here, and Thomas is very good as always, but the movie works because of Harrelson's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 14, 2007
It's vaguely interesting, but vagueness isn't a big turn-on for most audiences. You keep wishing The Walker would break into an extended run in some direction. But instead it merely meanders.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
December 14, 2007
This is no masterpiece, but a fine-tuned little thriller packed with meticulously chosen details of character and place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 14, 2007
The film feels long and slow, and the subject matter familiar. We never quite get caught up in it, despite the appealing cast; a thriller directed at a snail's pace simply isn't very thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 14, 2007
There is a deep morality at work here, as often in Schrader's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
December 13, 2007
A mystery that isn't mysterious, a thriller that's barely thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Chris Cabin
December 12, 2007
The rattling whispers of political critique come off as fledgling efforts to give the film an importance above what it is
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 10, 2007
[Woody] Harrelson digs deep for this portrait of shallowness.
Cole Smithey
December 9, 2007
Harrelson's overly pronounced southern accent doesn't come close to its alleged Virginian origin in a slight murder mystery where we care nothing for the victim, the suspect or the identity of the killer.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 7, 2007
Though ultimately flawed, the film's depiction of velvet-gloved cruelty and matter-of-fact betrayal is surprisingly potent, and it's pure pleasure to watch Bacall prowling the corridors of power.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 7, 2007
By the end of The Walker a movie that begins as a dazzling round of charades has deteriorated into a plodding game of Clue.
| Original Score: 2/5
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