The Visitor Synopsis
An unlikely friendship with two immigrants reawakens a college professor's zest for life.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
The Visitor, is, if anything, more imaginative and touching than his first.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Jenkins and The Visitor”make lovely music together. It’s a case of a veteran character actor slipping on a leading role like the most...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This is a film of our times - paranoid, heartbroken, disillusioned - and the rare recent American movie whose characters react the way...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A heartfelt human drama that sneaks up and floors you.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It is one of the year's most intriguing dramas, with a quartet of powerful performances.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This audaciously issues-loaded indie drama works, improbably and entirely, on account of the marvelous, often familiar-looking, rarely...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A compelling and illuminating story of four people who form an unlikely and momentary friendship of considerable depth.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
At first glance Walter isn't a guy you want to spend two hours with. But by the end of the film, you don't want to see him go. Jenkins is...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The Visitor tells of renewal through love. Its song is tinged with sadness, but stirring all the same.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Both director and cast exhibit the dedication of those who truly believe in the message at hand. But with so much earnestness onscreen, the...
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The Visitor - Worth The Ticket

By RichardInColorado
Worth the price of a ticket! Interesting journey...mixture of tempo and heart warming story lines that weave into an exploration of immigrants rights. Richard Jenkins, as Walter Vale, is a...

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By deanlockhart
Quiet, original, tender, moving. The Visitor takes its time to make you care about Walter Vale and the empty life he leads. Richard Jenkins delivers a masterful portrayal of a college professor who...

Not quite The Station Agent

By ShogunTee
But still a very good film. All praise to the criminally overlooked Richard Jenkins. He could teach a class on the art of subtlety in acting. Brilliant....

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This was the best movie I have seen in a long time . The casting was excellent, and the script was great....

A Spirited Movie...A Study of Several Interesting People...

By norm_the_moviegoer
I know that I am in a minority, but I enjoyed this movie a lot. It will appeal to people interested in people. The characters portrayals are very rich. The feelings of Walter, the genuineness and...

Nice change of pace

By RandytheMovieFan
A nice little story, well written, well acted, very realistic. If you want a change of pace from serial killers, corrupt cops, etc., this is a good choice. My guess is most people will pass on this...

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By grizjohn
Every American should be required to see this movie. Really amazing story. It is a slow-moving film, but the story is wonderful and gut-wrenching at the same time. Really makes you look in the mirror...

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By StinkyRose
Not happy with the ending, but was a good movie...

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By agallo61
Great movie was well filmed and had a message in regards to how our American Imigration system is broken. This is am insight to what immigrants go through while trying to make a decent life here in...

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By standard31
Just great. Academy winning performance....

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Rated PG-13 | For brief strong language