• R, 2 hr. 3 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ron Howard
    In Theaters:
    Dec 5, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 21, 2009
  • Universal Pictures

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Frost/Nixon Reviews

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Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times

A fierce battle for redemption.

Full Review Source: Illinois Times | Original Score: 4.0/4

January 31, 2009
Mike Ward

The stage play-turned-big screen Oscar contender zips along from scene to scene with rare pep until building to a furious climax. And remember, this isn't a movie about alien invasions or pirate ghosts. It's a movie about two guys talking.

Full Review Source: Richmond.com | Original Score: 4/4

January 30, 2009
Mark R. Leeper

While the main character is Michael Sheen's David Frost, Frank Langella is fascinating as the cold and withdrawn Richard Nixon.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10

January 29, 2009
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Textbook example of a Howard film -- with exactly the strengths and weaknesses this conveys. It differs only in that it's built around Frank Langella's towering performance.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

January 28, 2009
Philip French
Observer [UK]

Frost/Nixon is a riveting film, sharper, more intense than the play.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

January 28, 2009
Cosmo Landesman
Sunday Times (UK)

Frost/Nixon is a historical fraud, a mind-boggling travesty of the truth. Let me hasten to add, however, that it is without doubt the most gripping, entertaining, dramatically clever and fascinating fraud I've ever seen.

Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK) | Original Score: 5/5

January 28, 2009
Jackie K. Cooper

A history lesson and an acting lesson tied up in one stunning entertainment package.

Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com | Original Score: 8/10

January 26, 2009
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[Howard takes] a cue from himself, from his own first truly great film more than a decade ago, Apollo 13... [T]here's an almost documentary-style straightforwardness to Frost/Nixon...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

January 25, 2009
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Did it happen exactly this way? Probably not. But what fun to consider the details and the possible events before, and after, the interview between David Frost and disgraced President Richard Nixon

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

January 25, 2009
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald

I don't remember much about them [the interviews]...director Ron Howard packages Frost/Nixon with the best quotes from 28 hours of interviews, I will never forget them.

Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 23, 2009
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Stirring stuff that works thrillingly as drama, and should make Sheen a star, even if it compromises on historical insight.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

January 23, 2009
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Documentary-style reminiscences from supporting characters slow the film's momentum. The run-up to the big broadcasts, too, aren't so suspenseful. The best drama comes from Langella and Sheen as Nixon and Frost, and not necessarily while they're face-to-f

Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) | Original Score: 3/4

January 23, 2009
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Langella's Nixon is a tragic figure... Langella doesn't so much make him sympathetic as show us the flawed personality trying to avoid blaming himself for his failure.

| Original Score: 4/4

January 23, 2009
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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The outcome isn't half as conflicted as you might imagine, though it's hard to argue that Howard brings anything new to Morgan's play.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/6

January 23, 2009
Richard Luck

Thought Ron Howard was going to stuff it up? Think again - Frost/Nixon's a great advert for stage-to-screen adaptations. And if you'd forgotten the power of the close-up, prepare to be dazzled by dapper Dave and Tricky Dick.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

January 23, 2009
James Christopher
Times [UK]

It sounds like an awful night out in the cinema. But you will be amazed. In Frost/Nixon Ron Howard turns this duel between Michael Sheen's glossy playboy and Frank Langella's shifty ex-President into a gripping tango of egos.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

January 23, 2009
Peter Bradshaw

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.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

January 23, 2009
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Langella is the reason to see the film, smuggling his lugubrious Tricky Dicky well past the script's limited grasp. It's a superb performance, looming like a spectre over the words and deeds of "misunderestimated" politicians everywhere.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

January 23, 2009
Limara Salt
Little White Lies

Most surprising of all, you may even feel a twinge of sympathy. Whether or not Nixon deserves it, this drama definitely deserves a look.

| Original Score: 4/5

January 23, 2009
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy

This superb film shows, his conversations with Richard Nixon were far more illuminating than his recent banter with Lloyd Grossman.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 5/5

January 23, 2009
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