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Frequency Reviews

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
A fairly wonderful movie about fathers and sons and the mystery of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Movies sometimes end up looking like a head-on collision between opposing impulses. Frequency is that kind of movie.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
A thriller that actually thrills.
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F.X. Feeney
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
There are story concepts so far-fetched that no movie can recover, no matter how finely acted or sincerely made, and Frequency is a prime example.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Frequency may be the first time travel fantasy to move grown fellows with 401(k) accounts to tears.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
My head says Frequency has a 31/2-star first half and 21/2-star second half, averaging out to three stars. But my heart says: Don't miss this one.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
Not only does the film benefit from that 'what if?' fascination of being able to change fate, but it allows Quaid and Caviezel to do some effective emotional button-pushing without pushing their luck.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
Frequency submits itself for our approval as a solid thriller, if not necessarily a timeless one.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
Like The Sixth Sense, Frequency does a good job of compelling us to suspend disbelief and cynicism -- mostly by investing us in the characters.
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January 1, 2000
Frequency grabs you in the first few seconds and never lets go.
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Andy Seiler
USA Today
January 1, 2000
The movie's whole concept is ludicrous, hard to accept even on its own contrived terms. But if you are willing to suspend disbelief, the film is enjoyable.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
Has so little faith in its Twilight Zone-ish yarn that it resorts to a pulpy serial-killer subplot to juice the mumbo-jumbo.
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Gemma Files
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Good casting only takes us so far, and Frequency -- fun as it remains -- really doesn't have the chops to go the rest of the distance.
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
The time-travel thriller Frequency comes on like a sensitive-jock older brother to the cutely paranormal alt-destiny reveries Sliding Doors and Me Myself I.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
There may be holes and inconsistencies in the plot ... [a]nd I don't much care, anyway, because the underlying idea is so appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jeff Giles
Newsweek
January 1, 2000
A touching thriller.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
A fantasy about fate and family, it's a treat for time-warp-movie fans who've been jonesing for another fix.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
Frequency takes a standard sci-fi stratagem and runs with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
Frequency is often reminiscent of Spielberg at his most mawkish -- and at his most affecting.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Well-navigated and ultimately moving.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
What makes Frequency work despite is shamelessness is the surreal aura that imbues almost every scene with a sense of heightened feeling.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
There is enough that's off-center and just downright different in the film to keep one's antenna up.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: C
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Corny and far-fetched it may be, but Frequency works -- except for some stretches when it doesn't.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The only way this Twilight Zone-wannabe movie works is that if, after buying into the premise, you turn off your mind, suspending all rational thought processes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4