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Known more for his dark, psychological crime thrillers Primal Fear (1996) and Fallen (1998), director Gregory Hoblit surprisingly created this Frank Capra-meets-Rod Serling-style fantasy that mixes several genres of storytelling into a likable stew. James Caviezel stars as John Sullivan, a New York police detective who has never recovered from the death of his father Frank (Dennis Quaid), a firefighter who died heroically when John was a boy. Experimenting with his dad's beloved ham radio one summer night, extreme sunspot activity allows John to contact Frank 30 years in the past. Since… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Features plenty of soft-focus, picture-perfect, father-and-son baseball scenes, an enormous amount of plot, and not quite enough of anything else."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Scary, tense, grisly mystery-thriller."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Like a kid who builds and details a lovely sand castle on the beach and then stomps all over it, the movie is completely destroyed in the last 15 minutes."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Creates an ingenious twist for the time travel story."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"This ambitious but frustrating timeshift thriller never quite manages to jam together two distinct stories."
‑ Nick Funnell, Time Out
"A fairly wonderful movie about fathers and sons and the mystery of time."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Gregory Hoblit's best film generates Spielbergian fascination with temporal drama of twisting timelines, infused with personal conflict and situational tension. It blends "Back to the Future's" rush with "Backdraft's" firefighting and a dash of "Zodiac.""
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Good action, lots of suspense, Dennis Quaid, and an intriguing Time Travel concept. What more could you ask?"
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"Director Gregory Hoblit has managed to bypass the bulk of the schmaltz and inject real tension."
‑ Jeanne Aufmuth, Palo Alto Weekly
"Why gripe about a few minor inconsistencies? Just relax and enjoy the show."
‑ Louis B. Parks, Houston Chronicle
"Movies sometimes end up looking like a head-on collision between opposing impulses. Frequency is that kind of movie."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"If you see the movie, ask yourself what would be the most upbeat ending possible; you'll see it all and more."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"An intelligent science fiction thriller that also happens to be a solid father/son movie. It's entertainment aimed at the adult, not teen, audience and squarely hits the mark. Forgive the Hollywood ending."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"It's amazing what kind of cool stuff you can come up with if you first throw logic and physics out the window."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
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