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Frequency Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 15, 2016
It's an appealingly out-there premise that's employed to perpetually captivating effect by filmmaker Gregory Hoblit...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 8, 2015
It's fun to see Dennis Quaid, looking a bit grizzled with age, return to the sort of what-if science-fiction film that defined his career in the mid-1980s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
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
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Nick Funnell
Time Out
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
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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.
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