Tim Purtell
May 23, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Walker

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
108 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/07/07
performer
Lauren Bacall, Woody Harrelson, Lily Tomlin
director
Paul Schrader
distributor
THINKFilm
author
Paul Schrader
genre
Drama

We gave it a C+

With The Walker‘s pulpy premise about a middle-aged gay escort for Washington wives (a game, toupeed Harrelson) who’s sucked into a murder, writer-director Paul Schrader’s languid thriller could easily be reimagined as a juicy black-and-white noir from the ’40s or ’50s. As it is, the mash-up of well-appointed interiors and pricey apparel, political stench, and durable grandes dames (including a potty-mouthed Lauren Bacall) has auteurist flair but not much else. EXTRAS A superficial making-of — yet no commentary from Schrader, the guy who scripted Taxi Driver and helmed American Gigolo. C+

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