The Visitor

The Visitor

The Visitor

From the writer/director of 2003's The Station Agent. Economics professor Walter Vale (the fantastic Richard Jenkins) is the shy, disillusioned male at the centre of Thomas McCarthy's ensemble piece, who returns to his New York apartment after a long absence to find it occupied by a couple of illegal immigrants. Convivial Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) is a talented drummer who encourages Walter out of his protective shell, while his prickly girlfriend Zainab (Danai Gurira) carries the burden of their perilous citizenship status.

Each learns something new from the other, but just when you think you have this film pinned, it takes off in an unexpected direction.

2008Rating: M, contains offensive language106 minsUSA
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Village Voice

Village Voice

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McCarthy unquestionably means well, but he's made one of those incredibly naïve movies that gives liberals a bad name, and which does more to regress the sociopolitical discourse than advance it.

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Variety

Variety

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A combination immigrant/resurrection tale, Visitor tilts toward the soulful rather than the political, and could be this year's humanistic indie hit.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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The curious thing about The Visitor is that even as it goes more or less where you think it will, it still manages to surprise you along the way.

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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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It works on several levels, and stands out as a wistful meditation on the psychological cost of 9/11.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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A heartfelt human drama that sneaks up and floors you.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A compelling and illuminating story of four people who form an unlikely and momentary friendship of considerable depth.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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The tension dips occasionally but stick with it and you'l be richly rewarded.

4.0
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An wonderful movie that had me both laughing and crying. An excellent portrayal of the treatment of failed asylum seekers.

5.0
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An interesting story with about the right amounts of tension, suspense and "I wonder what the next move is", but a bit slow moving to start with.

4.0
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Nice little character-based movie. Not enough of these. Richard Jenkins is absolutely great as Walter. One of the best performances of 2008. Well done, Richard.

4.0
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Village Voice

Village Voice

press

McCarthy unquestionably means well, but he's made one of those incredibly naïve movies that gives liberals a bad name, and which does more to regress the sociopolitical discourse than advance it.

0
Variety

Variety

press

A combination immigrant/resurrection tale, Visitor tilts toward the soulful rather than the political, and could be this year's humanistic indie hit.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The curious thing about The Visitor is that even as it goes more or less where you think it will, it still manages to surprise you along the way.

0
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

press

It works on several levels, and stands out as a wistful meditation on the psychological cost of 9/11.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

A heartfelt human drama that sneaks up and floors you.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A compelling and illuminating story of four people who form an unlikely and momentary friendship of considerable depth.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The tension dips occasionally but stick with it and you'l be richly rewarded.

4.0
0

An wonderful movie that had me both laughing and crying. An excellent portrayal of the treatment of failed asylum seekers.

5.0
0

An interesting story with about the right amounts of tension, suspense and "I wonder what the next move is", but a bit slow moving to start with.

4.0
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Nice little character-based movie. Not enough of these. Richard Jenkins is absolutely great as Walter. One of the best performances of 2008. Well done, Richard.

4.0
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