Frost/Nixon Reviews

  • Frost/Nixon surges with an energy and visual verve that improve the play and enhance the themes of dramatist Peter Morgan's script.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • It's twinkle versus glower in the big-screen edition of Peter Morgan's theatrical smackdown Frost/Nixon.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • 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.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • An absorbing film replete with telling moments and powerful performances.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • It isn't Shakespeare, but it is drama at a level one doesn't often get in movies.

    Philip Kennicott — Washington Post

  • 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.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Frost/Nixon's main attraction is neither its topicality nor its historical value, but Langella's re-creation of his Tony-winning performance.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • This is Langella's show, and he makes the movie his own without using a single dirty trick.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • What Ron Howard gets, to a degree that's astonishing in a two-hour film, is the density and complexity, as well as the generous entertainment quotient, of Peter Morgan's screenplay.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • When the movie sticks to its central dramatic conflict, it can be spellbinding.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Frost/Nixon is a stylish, smart film.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Frost/Nixon is unsatisfying even if, like me, you're a lifelong aficionado of Nixon-bashing.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • One of the virtues of Frost/Nixon, Ron Howard's adaptation of Peter Morgan's hit play, is that it brings the intelligence back to the forefront without dispelling the elements of menace and fraudulence that were also part of Nixon's temperament.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • The film begins as a fascinating inside look at the TV news business and then tightens into a spellbinding thriller.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Like Doubt, this week's other stage-to-screen adaptation, director Ron Howard's Frost/Nixon pours old-fashioned theatrical juice into a cinematic bottle and lets the actors drink it up.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • All this makes for great entertainment on the big screen, though the real legacy of the Nixon interviews is more vexing than Morgan would have us understand.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • A must-see for political junkies, history buffs, and folks still fascinated by the paranoia-fueled follies of the twitchy, sweaty, decidedly uncharismatic 37th president.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Despite a cavalcade of talent, Frost/Nixon is a middling thing.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Both a crackerjack entertainment and a sharp look at the roots, and limitations, of ambition, while stars Frank Langella (Nixon) and Michael Sheen (Frost) put on the year's most provocative and finely tuned display of dueling egos.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Howard keeps the pace brisk, light when it needs to be, heavy when that's called for. Along with Langella, he turns Frost/Nixon into one of the most entertaining history lessons imaginable.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

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