Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. 88
    Likely to appeal to the fans of "The Sixth Sense," "Ghost" and other movies where the characters find a loophole in reality. What it also has in common with those two movies is warmth and emotion.
  2. 75
    Had me watching through misty eyes, at least for the first half.
  3. 70
    The time shifting raises questions the movie never answers, but it's hard not to enjoy the ride.
  4. A fairly wonderful movie about fathers and sons and the mystery of time.
  5. 50
    What do you get when you cross a serial-killer movie with a sappy father/son drama and give it a time-travel twist?
  6. Emmerich's screenplay gains emotional punch from its sincere concern for family values, but science-fiction fans may be disappointed by the limited exploration of its fascinating time-travel premise.
  7. What makes Frequency work despite is shamelessness is the surreal aura that imbues almost every scene with a sense of heightened feeling.
  8. May be the first time travel fantasy to move grown fellows with 401(k) accounts to tears.
  9. After keeping its balance over much treacherous terrain, greedily overreaches and stumbles badly at the close.
  10. Smart, suspenseful, satisfyingly unpredictable.
  11. 75
    A very complicated movie. It is also pretty wonderful.
  12. Isn't quite smart enough to untangle one large, insoluble problem at the end.
  13. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    An oddly schizophrenic fantasy thriller that ultimately succumbs to a fatal case of sentimentality.
  14. One of the most skillful, mesmerizing, tense and satisfying time-warp thrillers ever made.
  15. 83
    The star, though, is the script, a rare enough occurrence in Hollywood that it merits special note.
  16. A suspenseful, fascinating movie that milks the premise for all it's worth.
  17. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Enough originality and emotional weight to keep you engrossed even when it lapses into some pretty standard moves at the end.
  18. An enjoyably complex sci-fi suspense thriller.
  19. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    50
    Disappointingly dumb.
  20. 80
    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.
  21. 80
    It's like a chick flick for men--and the women who love them, sniff-sniff.
  22. Braugher does much to hold this show together, because without him, the reality gets muddled. He's a terrific balancing agent for both Caviezel and Quaid; kudos to casting.
  23. 75
    Corny and far-fetched it may be, but Frequency works - except for some stretches when it doesn't.
  24. 20
    As an audience member, you end up feeling like a sucker for even having tolerated that sickly sweet notion about a father, a son, and their silly radio.
  25. Due largely to the tremendous innate warmth and conviction of leads Quaid and Caviezel ("The Thin Red Line"), you may find yourself cutting a surprising amount of slack for this patently ridiculous tale.
  26. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    70
    Confirming the moral of a thousand "Twilight Zone" episodes: Don't play with time.
  27. 50
    If the trailer for this one left you feeling you'd pretty much got it, plot point by plot point, so really why bother.
  28. Reviewed by: Andy Seiler
    63
    This surprisingly sentimental science-fiction thriller boasts enough fresh twists to satisfy time-travel junkies.
  29. Reviewed by: David Armstrong
    63
    There's a novel, engaging story trying to transmit through the storm of special effects and convoluted plot twists that mar the movie.
  30. Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    80
    A touching thriller, a movie that's particularly hard to resist if there are things you never said to your own dad because you didn't have the chance, the inclination or the right ham radio.
  31. Reviewed by: Moira Macdonald
    70
    Worth seeing.
  32. Reviewed by: Don Kaye
    75
    Succeeds at getting the viewer to buy into its premise, thanks to solid, often moving characterizations and the gripping way the plot is spun.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Feb 26, 2014
    9
    story is not usual, the story picks you up from here to north lights with these radio frequency.
    but the film goes down with some scenes, If
    story is not usual, the story picks you up from here to north lights with these radio frequency.
    but the film goes down with some scenes, If I need to talk about general, nice! you should watch
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  2. May 10, 2014
    7
    One of the most underated movies I have seen. It is not something epic but it's one of the movies that made me and my friends stand up andOne of the most underated movies I have seen. It is not something epic but it's one of the movies that made me and my friends stand up and scream at the end... I don't want to spoil enyting so do not watch the trailer but do watch the movie... Full Review »
  3. Nov 28, 2012
    8
    Director Gregory Hoblit brings us "Frequency", an intriguing science-fiction tale that was as thrilling and shocking as it was heartfelt andDirector Gregory Hoblit brings us "Frequency", an intriguing science-fiction tale that was as thrilling and shocking as it was heartfelt and emotional. The movie is about John Sullivan (Caviezel) a Cop who has never recovered from the death of his father, Frank (Quaid). However, after a series of miraculous cosmic events, John is given a chance to communicate with his father in the past. Now, when I initially examined this film for what it was - a movie with a respectable premise, but directed by a guy I had never heard of, and starring a group of actors who aren't really well-known - I was rather apprehensive about watching it. Though, after actually watching "Frequency" I can say that my expectations were pretty much demolished. What threw me for a loop was the direction that this movie took. All I expected "Frequency" to be was a long, drawn out reunion between a father and his grief-stricken son (which sounded to good to me. . .but didn't really sound spectacular). But, about a third of the way in, "Frequency" turned into a very intense crime thriller. That being said, the film excels at interweaving thrills and poignancy without making the transitions feel jarring. The acting was very well executed I'd say, for you learn to feel for both Frank and John Sullivan as "Frequency"'s intriguing plot thickens. The script was pretty well-written too. Overall, I'd say that "Frequency" was an entertaining sci-fi flick that offered a variety of gratifying elements within it. Full Review »