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Following the disastrous Pirates (1986), director Roman Polanski got back on creative track with this finely-wrought thriller that, while failing to impress at the box office, was nevertheless his most critically well-received film of the decade. Harrison Ford stars as Richard Walker, an American doctor who has come to Paris, where he's scheduled to deliver a paper to a medical conference. Richard has brought along his wife Sondra (Betty Buckley), because Paris was the site of their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Sondra picks up the wrong suitcase at the airport, which leads to her kidnapping… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Polanski's] usual surrealism is almost completely absent."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"[Polanski] has succeeded in picking up the clever, unnerving thread of his earlier career."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"...a solid, consistently entertaining piece of work that boasts a typically stellar performance from Harrison Ford."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"One of the best traditional thrillers to come down the pike in quite some time."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"Some of Ford's best work to date, an absorbing thriller spun from a marvelously simple concept."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"A thriller without much surprise, suspense or excitement."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Even with its excesses, Frantic is a reminder of how absorbing a good thriller can be."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Curiously and effectively weds the unlikely adventure of a thriller to the plodding realism of daily life... [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Embora assuma os contornos de um suspense mais tradicional (e eficiente, diga-se de passagem), Busca Frenética desenvolve um subtexto rico de significados."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A frantic Harrison Ford we get throughout this Polanski work."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Funny and unsettling."
‑ , Time Out
"Vintage Polanski."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"[An] energetic and often light-hearted thriller."
‑ , Film4
"A nice little suspense movie for those who enjoy the slow burns."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Should be great; isn't."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
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