The Visitor
The Visitor (2008)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 25, 2008
DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Visitor is a heartfelt, humanistic drama that deftly explores identity, immigration, and other major post-9/11 issues.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Jason McBride
Globe and Mail

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.

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Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale

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.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

Philip Marchand
Toronto Star

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.

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David N. Butterworth

First with "The Station Agent" and now with "The Visitor" (aka "Muukalainen"), actor-turned-director Tom McCarthy has quickly proven himself a master of the delicately-observed social drama.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

The Visitor is a small movie, but its emotions could not be writ any larger.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

The script here is very strong.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

The Visitor gives Richard Jenkins a chance to develop a character for the whole running time.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
A movie I'm sure most people saw only after Richard Jenkins was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar, The Visitor is compelling and well-acted. It starts… More
Devon Bott
The Visitor is a simple and gentle film that explores many issues, from immigration to loneliness. The film tells the story of Walter, an economics professor… More
Chris Weber
A lonely widower professor gets a new lease on lfie after a chance encounter with some illegal immigrants. Based on that set up alone, you could easily just… More
Derek Daniels
Richard Jenkins brilliantly portrays a lonely college professor who has nothing in his life since his wife died. When he's unexpectedly sent to New York to… More
Jennifer Xu
Now this is more like it! A slow, simple story that flows out organically and doesn't force anything. It starts out lightly but somehow manages to pull out… More
Leigh Ryan
Beautiful. It took some time to get into the film but by the end you are hooked and so involved with the characters. Great acting, great cast, beautifully… More