The Visitor
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A lonesome widower and college economics professor finds his mundane existence suddenly shaken up when he befriends a pair of illegal immigrants, one of whom has recently been threatened with deportation by U.S. immigration authorities, in the sophomore feature from The Station Agent director Tom McCarthy. Years after losing his wife, 62-year-old Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) has also lost his passion for writing and teaching. In an effort to fill the empty void that his life has become, Walter makes a half-hearted attempt to learn to play classical piano. Later, when Walter's college… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"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 like that: He sneaks up on you and steals your heart with light-fingered skill."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The film becomes less about the suffering of immigrants who have never enjoyed the embrace of Ellis Island than the righteous indignation of a liberal intelligentsia raging against its own powerlessness."
‑ Jason McBride, Globe and Mail
"THE VISITOR begs the question, "Is too late to try something new?" If your like the rest of the world, you want the answer to be "Never." THE VISITOR answers that in one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking ways you'll ever see."
‑ Chase Whale, Gordon and the Whale
"Un retrato sutil y sensible sobre la inesperada conexión que se produce entre cuatro personas de diferentes culturas y orígenes, y también una postal algo desencantada y agridulce de la Nueva York posterior al 11/9. Destacable actuación protagónica de Ric"
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"An interesting examination of the unusual relationship between a bored college professor and an illegal immigrant. There are some thought-provoking discussions in the film patched periodically with rough spots."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"The Visitor is a tiny treasure of a movie. This is a wistful comedy that quickly finds its rhythm, but never lets that groove become a rut."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The story of Vale's revitalization and his grief is compelling but simple, free of any sentimentality, and marked by powerful performances from Jenkins and Hiam Abbass, who plays Mouna Khalil, Tarek's mother."
‑ Philip Marchand, Toronto Star
"First with The Station Agent and now with The Visitor, actor-turned-director Tom McCarthy has quickly proven himself a master of the delicately-observed social drama."
‑ David N. Butterworth,
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‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Tasting the bitter fruits of globalization"
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"The Visitor is a small movie, but its emotions could not be writ any larger."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The script here is very strong."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The Visitor gives Richard Jenkins a chance to develop a character for the whole running time."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Our patience with the characters' apathy and uninteresting demeanor is not rewarded enough."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"The astonishing sensitivity with which Richard Jenkins approaches his role is nicely complimented by the performances of other cast members."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
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