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Hollywood heavyweight Ron Howard adapts playwright Peter Morgan's West End hit for the silver screen with this feature focusing on the 1977 television interviews between journalist David Frost (Michael Sheen) and former president Richard Nixon (Frank Langella). At the time Nixon sat down with Frost to discuss the sordid details that ultimately derailed his presidency, it had been three years since the former commander in chief had been forced out of office. The Watergate scandal was still fresh in everyone's minds, and Nixon had remained notoriously tight-lipped until he agreed to sit… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In its glib and reductionist way, it works like a charm. Or better yet, like television. Which, finally, is a compliment."
‑ Tom Charity,
"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."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"The movie is essentially a chamber piece pivoting on two beautifully nuanced performances."
‑ Brian D. Johnson, Maclean's Magazine
"Howard has successfully made an okay, watchable movie, kept from greatness only by his undying artistic blandness."
‑ Justin Stewart, Stop Smiling
"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."
‑ Mal Vincent, The Virginian-Pilot
"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."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"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
"It's a credit to the actor that by the end, Langella is living, it seems, in Nixon's skin."
‑ Lee Grant, San Diego Union-Tribune
"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."
‑ Matt Soergel, Florida Times-Union
"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."
‑ Kirk Baird, Toledo Blade
"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."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"Plays often lose their energy when adapted for the screen. But even on the stage, Frost/Nixon had a cinematic dynamism, and Howard has only enhanced that quality."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"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."
‑ Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International
"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."
‑ Clint O'Connor, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Frost/Nixon crackles with excitement, humor and the thrill of the hunt -- and Langella and Sheen couldn't be better."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
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