Frost/Nixon (2008)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 5, 2008
DVD Release Date: April 21, 2009
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Frost/Nixon is weighty and eloquent; a cross between a boxing match and a ballet with Oscar worthy performances.

Tom Charity

In its glib and reductionist way, it works like a charm. Or better yet, like television. Which, finally, is a compliment.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

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.

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Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine

The movie is essentially a chamber piece pivoting on two beautifully nuanced performances.

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

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.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Lee Grant
San Diego Union-Tribune

It's a credit to the actor that by the end, Langella is living, it seems, in Nixon's skin.

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Richard Roeper

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.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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.

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Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International

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.

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Christian C
Ron Howard's strength as a director is telling true historical tales with a drama that is lost in history books. Langella's performance is solid.… More
Spencer Macklin
NIce piece of history and a powerful performance by Langella portraying Dick Nixon
Thomas Bowler
Amazing from every angle. Full review later.
Jack Hawkins
When watching films based on true events, my propensity for doubting what I see on screen is instantly heightened. The main thing that I found suspect was the… More
Ryan Rhoades
Excellent film.

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