Rhythm of 'The Visitor' beats true

The Baltimore Sun

In movies such as George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck, Tom McCarthy, as an actor, has the rare ability to inhabit a realistic scene as if he were recruited on location; he fades into an ensemble in a good way, lending it a cool, observant energy, emerging only to lend bite or shape to a scene.

As the writer-director of The Station Agent and now The Visitor, he has a similar talent as a moviemaker. He both uses real locations unself-consciously and discovers their pockets of poetry.

The Visitor (Overture) Starring Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira, Hiam Abbass. Directed by Thomas McCarthy. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language. Time 108 minutes.

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