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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

"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
"The result is involving, engrossing cinema -- more thrilling, in fact, than Howard's The Da Vinci Code -- filmmaking of a type rarely seen anymore and sorely missed."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Who would have thought in a year of epic hero/villain pairings, a British talk show host and a disgraced American president would have provided the most riveting?"
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"David Frost wasn't Richard Nixon's foe so much as that camera's red light, which Ron Howard films as futuristic, robotic and destructive from Nixon's vantage point. What audiences deduce from one shot can imprint how an entire era is interpreted."
‑ Nick Rogers,
‑ Blake French,
"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
"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."
‑ Christopher Orr, The New Republic
"As a historical document, it's a bit of a crock, and an overinflation of a relatively minor event. But as entertainment, it's cotton candy."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"The sparring, the research, the failed strategies, and the returns for more elicit an image of boxing more than anything else; while "two men in shorts punch each other until one cannot continue" is also dry on paper, in practice it is much more visceral"
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Entertaining and provocative...a satisfying intellectual bout. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"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
"Langella is not a natural Nixon; he has a voluptuary's face and a self-assurance the president only dreamed of. So he burrows into Nixon and comes out with a figure who is less a simulacrum than the definitive interpretation."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Langella completely drives this film and he's amazing."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"Howard can't, as someone mentions in the film, distinguish between a performer and a journalist"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"... Plays like an epic tragedy and is nothing short of riveting."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
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