Frantic (1988)

San Francisco doctor Harrison Ford and his wife Betty Buckley journey to Paris, where Ford is to lecture at a major medical conference. The day of their arrival, Betty happens to pick up the wrong suitcase at the airport; the next day, she… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 26, 1988
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A tense, on-point thriller in the vein of Polanski's earlier work.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

[Polanski's] usual surrealism is almost completely absent.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

[Polanski] has succeeded in picking up the clever, unnerving thread of his earlier career.

Cathy Burke
United Press International

It's a film about ordinary people put in unordinary circumstances pressed to extraordinary levels, and the film itself becomes extraordinary by the effort.

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Variety Staff

A thriller without much surprise, suspense or excitement.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Even with its excesses, Frantic is a reminder of how absorbing a good thriller can be.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a solid, consistently entertaining piece of work that boasts a typically stellar performance from Harrison Ford.

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Time Out

Funny and unsettling.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Vintage Polanski.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Curiously and effectively weds the unlikely adventure of a thriller to the plodding realism of daily life... [Blu-ray]

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Frantic, unfortunately doesn't present the great surrealist style of Polanski, but show a creative and tense plot with surprising moments. Fresh.
Conner Rainwater
I actually like this more every time I see it. While Frantic is sort've thrown in with Harrison Ford's other "wife issues", it's… More
familiar stranger
I was expecting an average thriller, but ended up with a bit less here. (Never contented, am I?) Not bad to kill time, though. The actors were fine, but their… More
Lady D'arbanville
A mysterious abduction film by Roman Polanski, which doesn't exactly thrill too much, but makes for easy viewing
Jim Hunter
A doctor's wife disappears in Paris, and using only the clues in a misplaced suitcase and the help of a mysterious woman, he must find her before she is… More
Curtis Lilly
Pretty standard stuff.