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The Visit Reviews

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
October 14, 2007
More important than the technical precision of the actors' turns is the rapport they all share--which ultimately lends this story of a family its authentic, immediate poignancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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April 26, 2001
It couldn't possibly work without a transcendent central performance. Harper gives us that, and more.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 20, 2001
It's hard not to give it bonus points for avoiding prison movie clichés and for taking a long, unblinking look at the complex dynamics of one American family.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
April 20, 2001
A testament to the tenacity of the family, particularly the African American family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Judy
Screen It!
April 20, 2001
Feels dreadfully slow and often inert.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 20, 2001
A spare and moving study of regret and redemption, marked with chilling truths about a life behind bars.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 20, 2001
Contains some effective performances, not least from Hill Harper as Alex, the hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 20, 2001
Powerfully depicts the flowering of spiritual redemption within a young man who has every reason to give in to despair.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

E! Online
April 20, 2001
Harper ... turns in a powerful, nuanced performance and alone makes The Visit worth your time.
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
April 20, 2001
At its best when considering measures of masculinity and dread of not living up to them.
Dave White
IFilm
April 19, 2001
It backs up its earnest quality with a minimum of sentimentality and a cast-full of straightforward, moving performances.
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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
April 19, 2001
The very strong performances in this low-budget film deserve a better narrative structure to strut their stuff.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 19, 2001
A better venue for The Visit might be PBS or HBO, where its method-y intimacy would feel less forced.
| Original Score: C
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
April 16, 2001
Good acting abounds.
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
April 16, 2001
Too bad it's swamped by good intentions.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
April 16, 2001
Overloaded with extra characters, tangled story lines, dance numbers, fantasies and flashbacks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
April 16, 2001
There are some good performances and the material speaks to some powerful issues.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 9, 2001
The effect of watching people grapple with emotional difficulty and trying to communicate with one another proves riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
March 19, 2001
Exceptional performances from a well-worn cast transforms The Visit into a remarkable healing process, using the medicine of family and faith to heal a tortured soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
February 1, 2001
A prime example of a movie that has clearly been agonized over and loved, but to virtually no ultimate effect.
| Original Score: 4/10
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