• The Visitor (2008)

The Visitor

Release Date: April 11th, 2008

DVD Release Date: October 7th, 2008

PG-13 |1 hr 43 min

Plot Summary

When professor Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) travels to New York for a lecture, he's stunned to find illegal immigrants Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and Zainab (Danai Gurira) living in his apartment. It comes out that it was rented to them by a swindler, and Vale feels sufficiently sorry for them that he invites them to stay. They get on well until Tarek is accused of jumping a subway turnstile and lands in a detention center. He risks being deported, and Vale does everything he can to prevent it.

Cast: Richard Jenkins, Hiam Abbass, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira, Maggie Moore, Waleed Zuaiter, Amir Arison, Tzahi Moskovitz

Director: Thomas McCarthy

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Participant Prods.

Keywords: Heartwarming , Emotional , 2000s , Mother , Friendship , New York City ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    A compelling and illuminating story of four people who form an unlikely and momentary friendship of considerable depth. show more

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia 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. show more

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The Visitor tells of renewal through love. Its song is tinged with sadness, but stirring all the same. show more

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Awards

Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009)