The Visit
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A cast of distinguished veterans and promising newcomers headline this stark prison drama from first-time writer-director Jordan Walker-Pearlman. Hill Harper stars as embittered inmate Alex, sentenced to serve time for a rape he claims that he didn't commit. His link to the outside world is his upper-middle class bother Tony (Obba Babatunde), the only family member who's come to visit him in the half-decade he's been in jail. On his latest visit, Alex pleads with Tony to have the rest of the family visit him, admitting that he's in the final stages of his battle with AIDS.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It couldn't possibly work without a transcendent central performance. Harper gives us that, and more."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman,
"A spare and moving study of regret and redemption, marked with chilling truths about a life behind bars."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Harper ... turns in a powerful, nuanced performance and alone makes The Visit worth your time."
‑ , E! Online
"Overloaded with extra characters, tangled story lines, dance numbers, fantasies and flashbacks."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Contains some effective performances, not least from Hill Harper as Alex, the hero."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Feels dreadfully slow and often inert."
‑ Jim Judy, Screen It!
"It backs up its earnest quality with a minimum of sentimentality and a cast-full of straightforward, moving performances."
‑ Dave White, IFilm
"There are some good performances and the material speaks to some powerful issues."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"A testament to the tenacity of the family, particularly the African American family."
‑ Teresa Wiltz, Washington Post
"Powerfully depicts the flowering of spiritual redemption within a young man who has every reason to give in to despair."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"At its best when considering measures of masculinity and dread of not living up to them."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, Philadelphia City Paper
"Good acting abounds."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"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."
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
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