Frost/Nixon Reviews

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Top Critic
Tom Charity
CNN.com
October 28, 2014
In its glib and reductionist way, it works like a charm. Or better yet, like television. Which, finally, is a compliment.
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
October 28, 2014
The movie is essentially a chamber piece pivoting on two beautifully nuanced performances.
Lee Grant
San Diego Union-Tribune
October 28, 2014
It's a credit to the actor that by the end, Langella is living, it seems, in Nixon's skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International
October 28, 2014
The magnificently-flawed former US president Richard Milhous Nixon, as embodied by Frank Langella, is a magnetic presence in Ron Howard's adaptation of Peter Morgan's stageplay.
Justin Stewart
Stop Smiling
October 28, 2014
Howard has successfully made an okay, watchable movie, kept from greatness only by his undying artistic blandness.
Top Critic
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 28, 2014
You never feel like you're watching a play on film: The way Morgan has opened up the proceedings in his screenplay feels organic under the direction of Ron Howard, who has crafted his finest film yet, and one of the year's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
October 28, 2014
Frost/Nixon is smart and involving, a thoroughly grown-up and carefully made drama about the real-life, on-air showdown between a lightweight TV personality and a disgraced ex-president.
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
October 28, 2014
Both leads are outstanding. Langella is especially mesmerizing as the calculating grand manipulator. It's not an impression of the former president, but a piece of his essence.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Mal Vincent
The Virginian-Pilot
October 28, 2014
Langella looks nothing like Nixon, but he has the jowls and, most of all, conveys the paranoia and ego that help us to understand what brought Nixon down.
Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade
October 28, 2014
Frost/Nixon shouldn't be this entertaining. Or, at least, it shouldn't be entertaining enough to merit rapt attention for two hours. This is a film about an interview, after all. But it works. And it works remarkably well.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
October 28, 2014
Frost/Nixon crackles with excitement, humor and the thrill of the hunt -- and Langella and Sheen couldn't be better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Andrew Collins
Radio Times
October 28, 2014
Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell and Matthew Macfadyen make the most of supporting roles, and it's impossible not to get caught up in the the momentum of events, which evoke a more principled time before news-media saturation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
October 28, 2014
Slick, smart, superb American filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jay Stone
Canada.com
October 28, 2014
[Langella gives] a textured performance of a tortured man, good enough that we actually feel sorry for him. That may have been Nixon's last and greatest trick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Fienberg
HitFix
October 28, 2014
Many viewers will just go along with Frost/Nixon because of how great Sheen and Langella absolutely are.
Joel Odom
Oregonian
October 28, 2014
Given Nixon's lifelong inability to control the medium or come out looking at all decent on it, the film is as much a cheeky celebration of TV's candor as it is a reminder of this fascinating sidebar to American history.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
October 28, 2014
It's so beautifully done and beautifully conceived.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Andrew Hedley
Flicks.co.nz
October 28, 2014
An enthralling game of cat-and-mouse.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Radde
Film School Rejects
October 28, 2014
It's Langella that steals the show. Sometimes bordering on imitation, Langella overcomes that by injecting Nixon with a biting wit and complete dedication to a highly public figure.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 28, 2014
Powerfully directed, brilliantly acted, this stands as one of the films of 2008.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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