Frequency Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010

Scary, tense, grisly mystery-thriller.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
September 24, 2010

Gregory Hoblit's best film generates Spielbergian fascination with temporal drama of twisting timelines, infused with personal conflict and situational tension. It blends "Back to the Future's" rush with "Backdraft's" firefighting and a dash of "Zodiac."

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Gonsalves
February 13, 2008

If you see the movie, ask yourself what would be the most upbeat ending possible; you'll see it all and more.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
June 6, 2007

Quaid's buoyant earnestness complements the stunning, low-key performance by Caviezel, whose close-ups give new meaning to the idea that still waters run deep.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006

Like a kid who builds and details a lovely sand castle on the beach and then stomps all over it, the movie is completely destroyed in the last 15 minutes.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Funnell
Time Out
Top Critic
January 26, 2006

This ambitious but frustrating timeshift thriller never quite manages to jam together two distinct stories.

Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005

Good action, lots of suspense, Dennis Quaid, and an intriguing Time Travel concept. What more could you ask?

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic
July 21, 2005

Why gripe about a few minor inconsistencies? Just relax and enjoy the show.

Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005

An intelligent science fiction thriller that also happens to be a solid father/son movie. It's entertainment aimed at the adult, not teen, audience and squarely hits the mark. Forgive the Hollywood ending.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
Top Critic
December 31, 2003

Features plenty of soft-focus, picture-perfect, father-and-son baseball scenes, an enormous amount of plot, and not quite enough of anything else.

Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 30, 2003

Creates an ingenious twist for the time travel story.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003

Director Gregory Hoblit has managed to bypass the bulk of the schmaltz and inject real tension.

| Original Score: 3.5/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003

It's amazing what kind of cool stuff you can come up with if you first throw logic and physics out the window.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Tunney
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002

It's difficult not to notice certain dramatic flaws in Frequency's speculative narrative logic.

Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002

There also are too many collage sequences indicating time shifts. The first two or three are interesting; after that they become dizzying, and finally downright annoying.

Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002

The plot may be out-and-out absurd. But the action-packed script, Mr. Hoblit's fast-paced direction and the array of engaging performances made Frequency easy to embrace.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002

...better executed than conceived

Full Review | Original Score: B
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 23, 2002

a combination fantasy/tearjerker/thriller with several dizzying twists. It's the first screenplay of former film industry executive Noah Emmerich, and it all but overflows with imagination, suspense and big ideas.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
June 18, 2002

A fairly wonderful movie about fathers and sons and the mystery of time.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 8, 2002

Touches upon the profound human longing to escape the constraints of time, to see the wrongs and mistakes of the past somehow set right, redeemed.

Full Review | Original Score: A
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