The Visitor

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Insightful drama shatters post-9/11 stereotypes.

PG-13 2008 108 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 12+

Thought-provoking film

The film is for teenagers and adults because of the central themes, which require a certain level of maturity to grasp. It is a great starting place to discuss issues of immigration, detention, the legal system and government policies in a post 9/11 world. But, more than anything, it is a reminder of the power of human connections - ones that go beyond ethnic and cultural differences - and the personal transformations that we can all experience if we open ourselves up a bit. It is a tightly told story which simultaneously allows the viewers space to observe, process and absorb. The performances of the 4 main characters deserve praise and lead actor Jenkins was rightly nominated for an Oscar.

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Great messages
age 13+

A Well-Acted Drama

THE VISITOR is a good movie. It isn't my favorite, because I'm a devout Republican and completely disagree with its stance on illegal immigration. However, it is a very well-made movie, with a great script and acting. It's okay for teens and adults. There are two "f" words and two "s**t"s for language. Though some authority figures are nasty and three main characters break the law, the role models are positive: all main characters are kind and supportive.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Great role models

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