'Frost/Nixon' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   14 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   224 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    Frost/Nixon surges with an energy and visual verve that improve the play and enhance the themes of dramatist Peter Morgan's script.
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  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    It's twinkle versus glower in the big-screen edition of Peter Morgan's theatrical smackdown Frost/Nixon.
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  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    I found myself disconcerted and underwhelmed by a hugely anticipated movie. It never quite escapes its stage origins, and under a glitzy surface of period stylings doesn't seem to have much to say.
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  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    100
    An absorbing film replete with telling moments and powerful performances.
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  • Philip Kennicott Washington Post (Top Critic)
    It isn't Shakespeare, but it is drama at a level one doesn't often get in movies.
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  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    Despite a moving, canny incarnation of the man by Frank Langella, despite a slickly entertaining coffee-table production as only Ron Howard knows how, the movie feels cooked up. In the name of dramatizing history, Frost/Nixon sacrifices it.
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  • J. Hoberman Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Frost/Nixon's main attraction is neither its topicality nor its historical value, but Langella's re-creation of his Tony-winning performance.
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  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    This is Langella's show, and he makes the movie his own without using a single dirty trick.
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  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    What Ron Howard gets, to a degree that's astonishing in a two-hour film, is the density and complexity, as well as the generous entertainment quotient, of Peter Morgan's screenplay.
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  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    75
    When the movie sticks to its central dramatic conflict, it can be spellbinding.
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  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Frost/Nixon is a stylish, smart film.
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  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Frost/Nixon is unsatisfying even if, like me, you're a lifelong aficionado of Nixon-bashing.
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  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    One of the virtues of Frost/Nixon, Ron Howard's adaptation of Peter Morgan's hit play, is that it brings the intelligence back to the forefront without dispelling the elements of menace and fraudulence that were also part of Nixon's temperament.
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  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    The film begins as a fascinating inside look at the TV news business and then tightens into a spellbinding thriller.
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  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    Like Doubt, this week's other stage-to-screen adaptation, director Ron Howard's Frost/Nixon pours old-fashioned theatrical juice into a cinematic bottle and lets the actors drink it up.
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  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    75
    All this makes for great entertainment on the big screen, though the real legacy of the Nixon interviews is more vexing than Morgan would have us understand.
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  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    A must-see for political junkies, history buffs, and folks still fascinated by the paranoia-fueled follies of the twitchy, sweaty, decidedly uncharismatic 37th president.
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  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    Despite a cavalcade of talent, Frost/Nixon is a middling thing.
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  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    92
    Both a crackerjack entertainment and a sharp look at the roots, and limitations, of ambition, while stars Frank Langella (Nixon) and Michael Sheen (Frost) put on the year's most provocative and finely tuned display of dueling egos.
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  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    90
    Howard keeps the pace brisk, light when it needs to be, heavy when that's called for. Along with Langella, he turns Frost/Nixon into one of the most entertaining history lessons imaginable.
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  • Andrew Sarris New York Observer (Top Critic)
    With the awards season swirling around us, Mr. Langella and Mr. Sheen will be hard to overlook when all the prizes are dispensed.
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  • Boyd van Hoeij Variety (Top Critic)
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  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    Although it all pays off in a potent and revelatory final act rife with insights into the psychology and calculations of power players, the initial stretch is rather dry and prosaic.
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  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    88
    Whatever problems Nixon might have with Nixon/Frost, Langella's magnetic performance would probably bring a smile to Tricky Dick's famously perspiration-dappled face.
    Full Review » 5 years ago