The Front Page Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 22, 2012
This third version of the 1928 smash play is only mildly entertaining; Billy Wilder has no new take on the text and his stars may be too old.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 6, 2007
Full of wonderful comedic business, throw-away lines and some effortless ensemble set pieces, The Front Page bristles with its collection of talents on both sides of the camera.... It's that Billy Wilder touch of hurtful grains of truth inside every com

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 14, 2007
This slick remake of the ebullient original falls short of being the film it could have been, despite the presence of master filmmaker Wilder and his engaging costars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 16, 2007
Too much of it seemed stretched thin and unfunny.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
March 17, 2006
Funny retelling with Lemmon and Matthau guided by Billy Wilder.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
It relies too much on foul language, inappropriate slapstick, and superficial cynicism.
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
July 9, 2005
not up to the original
| Original Score: 3/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
Matthau and Lemmon put in their usual faultless turns, but cannot lift a pervading air of pointlessness.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 30, 2002
It bombed then. It looks better now, but it's still a distant third in films of the play
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 25, 2002
Not the finest adaptation of the oft-visited source material, but hey, it's Wilder, Lemmon, and Matthau!
| Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
It drags in the middle, but a good first act and a stellar finale make the movie completely worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Vincent Canby
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Even though the mechanics and demands of movie-making slow what should be the furious tempo, this Front Page displays a giddy bitterness that is rare in any films except those of Mr. Wilder. It is also, much of the time, extremely funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 26, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
June 11, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 8, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 26, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
September 2, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
March 17, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 15, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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