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Fresh: The Visitor gives viewers a perceptive, deeply personal take on the timeless immigrant narrative, in which the most epic journey is finally one of self-discovery.
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Thursday, April 17, 2008
Fresh: The astonishing sensitivity with which Richard Jenkins approaches his role is nicely complimented by the performances of other cast members.
- Brian Webster, Apollo Guide, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Fresh: 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, Friday, May 2, 2008
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 present a paper a colleague wrote, he finds his apartment has been taken over by an immigrant couple who have been living there for two months. After allowing them to stay, Tarek gets arrested and is on the brink of deportation which puts a new spin on Vale's life and existence since these two are really the only thing he has now. With Tarek's mother, they try and fight his deportation. It's heartwarming, but altogether sad and sometimes funny as the whole film shows just how cruel and unusual the system works since 9/11. This isn't the first film to deal with the after-effects of the terrorist attacks, but it works rather well and is interesting enough to keep your attention. very well-made with believeable performances from all involved.
- middleeasternfilms, Thursday, November 11, 2010
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 shot. Love it!
- dreamfaeries, Sunday, August 29, 2010
Now this is an experience not to be missed. I've mentioned in past comments that my primary prayer when I watch a flim is being able to care about characters as if they were real human beings. I present Exhibit A. The good people who carried out this project fired on all cylinders. I've not seen something this moving in many moons. The proverbial icing on the cake is the soundtrack. The music is an integral part of the movie, and it is brilliant. If you want to remember why movies are supposed to be made, this is a guaranteed refresher opportunity.
- binky013, Friday, July 30, 2010