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The Walker Reviews

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Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
December 7, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
December 6, 2007
Paul Schrader blends lethargic self-referentiality with anemic political jabs in The Walker.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
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-
Ellen E Jones
Little White Lies
August 10, 2007
Harrelson is an entertaining mix of Old South camp and quiet pathos but neither he nor the script's desultory attempts at post-9/11 commentary are enough to elevate it above the level of a pretentious John Grisham adaptation.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 10, 2007
The Walker seems the work of a straight movie artist trying to "do" gay. There is no reality humanising the caricatural extremes.
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.
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
August 10, 2007
The Walker might have meant something, but it tails off into vagueness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Filip Vukcevic
IGN Movies
September 17, 2007
It's really, really boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
December 6, 2007
If you thought the phrase 'murder mystery' is a guaranteed indicator of excitement and intrigue, well, you thought wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 4, 2007
This is a serious movie and, gliding around the center of power, a stylish one. But, like its protagonist, The Walker is unable to close the deal.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 5, 2007
The story of an aging, self-hating homosexual who goes home alone to his lacquered town house feels ancient as well as uncomfortable for the writer-director.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 7, 2007
When a good actor makes a bad choice, he can only hope to be saved by his director, and Woody Harrelson didn't get that hand from Paul Schrader while filming The Walker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 7, 2007
The movie is often a little lifeless.
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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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-
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
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
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
August 10, 2007
Attempting to encompass too many genres dulls the overall effect but this still commands a certain fascination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
August 9, 2007
Slow-moving, badly acted and painfully pretentious drama that fails to engage on any level.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
December 7, 2007
The whole thing feels fusty and forced.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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