The Visit Reviews

April 26, 2001
It couldn't possibly work without a transcendent central performance. Harper gives us that, and more.
April 20, 2001
It's hard not to give it bonus points for avoiding prison movie clichs and for taking a long, unblinking look at the complex dynamics of one American family.
April 20, 2001
A testament to the tenacity of the family, particularly the African American family.
April 20, 2001
A spare and moving study of regret and redemption, marked with chilling truths about a life behind bars.
April 20, 2001
Contains some effective performances, not least from Hill Harper as Alex, the hero.
April 20, 2001
Powerfully depicts the flowering of spiritual redemption within a young man who has every reason to give in to despair.
April 19, 2001
The very strong performances in this low-budget film deserve a better narrative structure to strut their stuff.
April 19, 2001
A better venue for The Visit might be PBS or HBO, where its method-y intimacy would feel less forced.
April 16, 2001
Too bad it's swamped by good intentions.
April 9, 2001
The effect of watching people grapple with emotional difficulty and trying to communicate with one another proves riveting.
December 15, 2000