Frost/Nixon Reviews

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October 28, 2014
In its glib and reductionist way, it works like a charm. Or better yet, like television. Which, finally, is a compliment.
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.
February 8, 2009
Nixon is infinitely more complex than George W. Bush, which is probably why this one slice of his life is more intriguing than "W," which covers decades.
January 23, 2009
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.
January 23, 2009
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.
January 23, 2009
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.
July 7, 2019
A smart, crackling political drama marked by excellent performances and a finely tuned screenplay.
December 12, 2018
Mr. Langella wisely decided not to impersonate the iconic president exactly, but he has captured Mr. Nixon perfectly nonetheless.
October 10, 2018
Without a supremely nuanced performance from Langella, it would be easy for the Nixon Howard and Morgan offer to fall once again into vaudeville villainy.
August 29, 2018
This is a splendid film that's genuinely fascinating and gripping, and you don't get many of those for the pound these days.
March 19, 2018
One of the most powerful films of the year... [Full review in Spanish]
February 6, 2018
The film's success ultimately depends on the byplay between Sheen and Langella, and they're more than up to the task. Langella, in fact, may have just delivered a performance for the ages -- and how often do those come along?
October 28, 2014
The movie is essentially a chamber piece pivoting on two beautifully nuanced performances.
October 28, 2014
It's a credit to the actor that by the end, Langella is living, it seems, in Nixon's skin.
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.
October 28, 2014
Howard has successfully made an okay, watchable movie, kept from greatness only by his undying artistic blandness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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