The Visit
The Visit (2000)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 15, 2000
DVD Release Date: October 23, 2001
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An earnest drama, The Visit gains much emotional power through its fine performances.

Elizabeth Weitzman

It couldn't possibly work without a transcendent central performance. Harper gives us that, and more.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

A spare and moving study of regret and redemption, marked with chilling truths about a life behind bars.

Michael Dequina

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.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Contains some effective performances, not least from Hill Harper as Alex, the hero.

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Jim Judy
Screen It!

Feels dreadfully slow and often inert.

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Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post

A testament to the tenacity of the family, particularly the African American family.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Powerfully depicts the flowering of spiritual redemption within a young man who has every reason to give in to despair.

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E! Online

Harper ... turns in a powerful, nuanced performance and alone makes The Visit worth your time.

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