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  • Summary: A contemporary drama set in Washington, DC, The Walker centers around Carter Page (Harrelson), a well-heeled and popular socialite who serves as confidant, companion, and card partner to some of the capital's leading ladies. These pampered women are married to the most powerful men in America, and when their husbands are too busy running the country to attend to their wives, the wives turn to their "gay best friend," Carter, for warmth, wit, and wisdom. Carter's loyalty is tested when his dearest friend (Scott Thomas) finds herself on the brink of a scandal that could destroy her reputation and her husband's career. Offering to cover for her, Carter suppresses incriminating evidence, only to find himself the chief suspect in a criminal investigation. Suddenly, this well-connected man-about-town is a pariah, hounded by the police and forced to find the true culprit and clear his name. More importantly, he must reexamine whether it is important to be accepted by a society based on betrayal, hypocrisy, and corruption. A tale of moral redemption that takes the form of a mystery-thriller, The Walker is the third part of Schrader's "lonely man" trilogy, which began with American Gigolo (1980) and also includes Light Sleeper (1992). (THINKFilm) Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
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  1. 75
    A quietly enthralling film because it contains the murder and the investigation within Carter's smooth calm.
  2. 75
    This is not Schrader's finest work. The script is not tight, the ending disappoints, and there's a little too much drawn from "American Gigolo." But there are some great one-liners, compelling actors, and well-developed characters.
  3. Schrader's main interest is not in the mystery, per se, but in the political intrigue of incestuous Washington, where conflicts of interest are the norm and morality is indeed relative. The points are well-taken, but Harrelson's performance often gets in their way.
  4. 60
    This is a serious movie and, gliding around the center of power, a stylish one. But, like its protagonist, The Walker is unable to close the deal.
  5. 50
    While it's hard to dismiss his intention or effort, Harrelson's one-note performance sinks the film.
  6. By the end of The Walker a movie that begins as a dazzling round of charades has deteriorated into a plodding game of Clue.
  7. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    40
    Guilty of the most mortal of all movie sins: It's dull.

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  1. ArnoldP.
    Dec 10, 2007
    6
    Considering all of the talent that went into making this film it was flat. Woody channeled his best Truman Capote imitation and did a good job. He showed acting chops and juxtaposed with his great performance in "No Country for Old Men", impressed me.The gay man he was portraying seemed a hackneyed throwback to some character out of the fifties.The grand ladies all were fun to watch, waltzing through their roles. The Washington scene had some sizzling dialogue, but it could have been so much better the way "Michael Clayton" sizzled. Expand

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