Frost/Nixon

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  • Summary: For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. NixonFor three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans. Likewise, Frost's team harbored doubts about their boss' ability to hold his own. But as cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted. Would Nixon evade questions of his role in one of the nation's greatest disgraces? Or would Frost confound critics and bravely demand accountability from the man who'd built a career out of stonewalling? Over the course of their encounter, each man would reveal his own insecurities, ego and reserves of dignity--ultimately setting aside posturing in a stunning display of unvarnished truth. [Universal Pictures] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    100
    It's hard to imagine how a film built around one-on-one interviews could be entertaining, but Frost/Nixon could not be more enthralling.
  2. Morgan finds the right elements of action and character through which to make history leap off the page.
  3. 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.
  4. 80
    Howard has made a picture for grown-ups, a well-constructed entertainment that neither talks down to its audience nor congratulates it just for showing up.
  5. Ultimately, Frost/Nixon may be stuck in time – but, oh, what a time it was.
  6. Frost/Nixon is wholly absorbing.
  7. 50
    Despite the great care and research that went into the movie, Frost/Nixon pales in comparison to Oliver Stone's "Nixon" when it comes to humanizing the infamous leader.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 50
  2. Negative: 5 out of 50
  1. Aug 25, 2014
    10
    A fascinating and refreshing look at Nixon post-Presidency. Langella and Sheen impeccably personify Nixon and Frost. Ron Howard is able toA fascinating and refreshing look at Nixon post-Presidency. Langella and Sheen impeccably personify Nixon and Frost. Ron Howard is able to take Peter Morgan's stimulating screenplay and make a captivating historical drama. Expand
  2. RichardW.
    Dec 26, 2008
    10
    Movie is even better than what was great stagecraft. Langella becomes Nixon through posture, intensity and visage with no apparent make-up Movie is even better than what was great stagecraft. Langella becomes Nixon through posture, intensity and visage with no apparent make-up help; Sheen is a marvel. Howard's winning direction captures the pathos, bathos and emotion. Expand
  3. Aug 7, 2012
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I have to admit, going in to watching this film, I was expecting this to be an above average movie about a semi-interesting event (Interesting mainly because of the time period) Going out however, I'd say this is now one of my favourite films of 2008, and, like another one of my favourite films of the same year, it's mostly down to the acting of the films 'main antagonist' in this case, Frank Lagella's superb performance as Richard Nixon. In almost every scene the man appears in (and there are a lot of them) my eyes were almost entirely focused on him. However, that said, his wasn't the only good performance; both Michael Sheen (as David Frost) and Kevin Bacon (as Jack Breenan, Nixon's minder) delivered good performances, and are some of the best I'd seen from them (though admittedly I haven't seen much from either actor)
    Now, I know this film has a few inaccuracies with the real events, particularly the midnight phone scene between the title characters which apparently never happened. Some say things like this diminish the film, but to me, a movies first and most important function, is to entertain, and I think scenes like that add to the film, and I would actually say that the aforementioned scene was probably one of my favourites of the entire film,.
    Anyway, I think I'd better stop now, I might end up like Nixon during the first interview and go on for hours if I don't xD But in short, I think it's a very good film, and one I recommend to almost anyone who's somewhat interested in either the topic, or just want to watch a drama that doesn't involve heinous amounts of gunfights and/or explosions.
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  4. May 10, 2011
    8
    Maybe it's not satisfied on political interview level. But Frost/Nixon broaden your mind; your knowledge about White House, America, at leastMaybe it's not satisfied on political interview level. But Frost/Nixon broaden your mind; your knowledge about White House, America, at least on Nixon era. Expand
  5. May 25, 2014
    8
    The acting in the film is quite remarkable which only made the interviews that much better. The fast pace and great script made for anThe acting in the film is quite remarkable which only made the interviews that much better. The fast pace and great script made for an absorbing film but when Frost and Nixon finally sit down face to face, the magic really begins. Expand
  6. JayH
    Apr 10, 2009
    7
    The fact I find both Richard Nixon and David Frost boring, doesn't help my outlook on this film. The craftmanship by Ron Howard is The fact I find both Richard Nixon and David Frost boring, doesn't help my outlook on this film. The craftmanship by Ron Howard is exceptional however. Fine performances. Frank Langella is good, but I didn't find him outstanding. Expand
  7. TF
    Mar 10, 2009
    0
    Ignores a lot of what really transpired. Ignores Frost's own version of the events, and instead goes for a sentimentality instead of Ignores a lot of what really transpired. Ignores Frost's own version of the events, and instead goes for a sentimentality instead of giving us a good narrative. Unfortunately, this is what people think of as history these days, twisted mediocre movies that barely tell the tale and never help us realize what the importance of an event was. Expand

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