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Frost/Nixon Reviews

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December 3, 2008
Does director Ron Howard's TV background make him assume that everything has to be repeated, just in case someone was in the kitchen making a sandwich the first time?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 26, 2009
Howard can't, as someone mentions in the film, distinguish between a performer and a journalist
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
December 12, 2008
This is the irony of Frost/Nixon: Though it chronicles the moment when (in theory) the 37th president of the United States was cut down to size, the movie's presentation of him is utterly larger than life.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 1, 2008
In terms of condescending narrative handholding, Frost/Nixon has no 2008 rival.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
December 21, 2008
I've seen one too many movies about the disgraced president to find the material compelling.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
December 2, 2008
Frost/Nixon is a trivial afterword to a historical footnote, a showbiz story inflated into a retroactive therapy session for one of 20th-century America's biggest knaves.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
November 12, 2008
Too many words and no drama, unless effeminate Italian shoes is a metaphor for an unloved, bitter man.
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Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
January 23, 2009
One feels nagged all the way by its self-proclaimed momentousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 12, 2008
Despite a moving, canny incarnation of the man by Frank Langella, despite a slickly entertaining coffee-table production as only Ron Howard knows how, the movie feels cooked up. In the name of dramatizing history, Frost/Nixon sacrifices it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
December 10, 2008
Sometimes I worry that Ron Howard actually listens to every dumb 18-year-old drunk kid who tells him how to edit his movies
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
December 14, 2008
History is made by the people who write it, not the people who actually do the deeds, and this film is a prime example.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections
December 7, 2008
Its boxing metaphor plays out in such mind-numbingly literal terms, there might as well have been a woman in a bikini announcing the beginning of each day's interview.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 9, 2009
The movie transforms the wily Nixon into a sympathetic figure -- a familiarly 'complicated' movie character, and hardly one of the darkest and most fascinating souls in 20th century America.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
December 23, 2008
For a film that should have been smart and fun, Frost/Nixon turns out to be a stodgy romance to the concept of "heroic" modern journalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 1, 2008
Frost/Nixon is unsatisfying even if, like me, you're a lifelong aficionado of Nixon-bashing.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 12, 2008
Despite the great care and research that went into the movie, Frost/Nixon pales in comparison to Oliver Stone's Nixon when it comes to humanizing the infamous leader.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 12, 2008
Despite a cavalcade of talent, Frost/Nixon is a middling thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Unlike the gargoyle I remember, Langella's Nixon exudes a seductive charm and vulnerability. He's the film's chief virtue, and its biggest flaw.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Armond White
New York Press
October 28, 2014
It takes a nincompoop like Howard to imagine depth in this silliness.
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