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  1. Aug 27, 2011
    5
    Frost/Nixon has all the right makings for an incredibly good historical drama, but curiously doesn't end up going there. It's almost as if this film is too perfect. The degree that everything is processed and controlled to the slightest moment oddly becomes the film's undoing, as such a desirable trait in film fails because it is used on real life, where things should come as more of aFrost/Nixon has all the right makings for an incredibly good historical drama, but curiously doesn't end up going there. It's almost as if this film is too perfect. The degree that everything is processed and controlled to the slightest moment oddly becomes the film's undoing, as such a desirable trait in film fails because it is used on real life, where things should come as more of a surprise and as more of a victory, than in Frost/Nixon. Perhaps that wouldn't matter so much if it felt like the idea it had from real life was still there (see: The Social Network), but everything has disappeared in this felt facade. This is an oddly artificial film. Expand
  2. 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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  3. Aug 23, 2010
    9
    Film portraying a series of interviews between disgraced former US President Richard Nixon & British satirist/talk-show host David Frost.
    Great casting with Langella & Sheen portraying the two leads with precision & the charm that the real people had. Strong support too from Sam Rockwell, Kevin Bacon, Rebecca Hall & Oliver Platt.
    The writing is great as is the direction. I'm sure some of
    Film portraying a series of interviews between disgraced former US President Richard Nixon & British satirist/talk-show host David Frost.
    Great casting with Langella & Sheen portraying the two leads with precision & the charm that the real people had. Strong support too from Sam Rockwell, Kevin Bacon, Rebecca Hall & Oliver Platt.
    The writing is great as is the direction. I'm sure some of the events have been slightly fabricated to move the story along but it works really well.
    Watch the real interview if you get chance to see how good & how close they got this film.
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  4. Nov 22, 2011
    8
    The really long run time and the really long build up do takes its toll on the film and make it far more worst then what it actually should be but the ending more then makes up for it. The ending is so powerful that once you get there, You will forget everything else leading up to it. Great acting by the cast. The only real problem is the long run time makes it a bit of a bore to sit through.
  5. 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 least on Nixon era.
  6. Jun 30, 2011
    10
    Although the outcome is obvious, the movie is still fantastic. Well acted and well written, this movie still manages to be suspenseful. It is great historical drama (it is a historical drama, right?) and a fantastic movie all around. An interesting subject matter is turned into an interesting and riveting film. Deserved the Best Picture Oscar, not Slumdog Millionaire.
  7. CRL
    Aug 9, 2011
    8
    Generally there's no suspense in a movie where you already know the ending, but that's not true with Frost/Nixon. Not only does it take an interview and make it almost thrilling for two hours straight, but it also showcases great performances by all as well as a smart script and exceptional directing by Ron Howard.
  8. Nov 7, 2013
    10
    This is a study of character and realisation, Frost/Nixon aims to delve into the interviews that took place between the former President Richard Nixon and British “talk show host” David Frost, it doesn’t delve into political motives or side-tracking corruption,only the men who sat in two chairs for a series of interviews, Frost, a choice that surprised many, was a man living a flamboyantThis is a study of character and realisation, Frost/Nixon aims to delve into the interviews that took place between the former President Richard Nixon and British “talk show host” David Frost, it doesn’t delve into political motives or side-tracking corruption,only the men who sat in two chairs for a series of interviews, Frost, a choice that surprised many, was a man living a flamboyant life while also having television shows in Australia that were not anything close to the journalistic prowess that the public were expecting to take on the guilty President, yet the film outlines in dramatised form, how much of the process of these interviews and payments came largely from Frost’s own pocket. The film kicks off with snippets of news programs all those years ago as the Watergate scandal was revealed, but also how there was evidence of a cover-up by the President of the United States. The film is a close tailing of Frost as he decides to be the first person to interview the disgraced former President, he has no TV channels behind him or any concrete advertising, but all this acts as part of the mindset that this young presenter is in, he is in it really to rejuvenate his career and for it to mean something again, but his team of researchers, and of course, the nation, want him to press the President for a confession of his involvement in a cover-up, a point at the beginning of the interview process that Frost bites off a little more than he can chew, seemingly unprepared for the onslaught of anecdotes and stonewalling he received from Nixon. Michael Sheen takes on the role of Frost, a role he also played in the stage version of the show, while Nixon is played by Frank Langella, who also appeared in the same stage production. These two actors deliver fine performances, Sheen takes the stance in his character that he has nothing to lose with these interviews, yet when he is getting nowhere with his attempts at picking apart Nixon, he soon sees how it could all come crashing down, Langella perfectly incorporates the mannerisms and speech of Nixon, whose booming voice was one of his memorable qualities, but Langella also shows a man with regret and loneliness in his eyes, at some points even seeming like he wanted to confess, but remember, this is dramatised, because we don’t really know the type of relationship these two had other than in front of the cameras, but a certain scene which didn’t happen was added in, perhaps for the dramatic effect, where a drunken Nixon contacts Frost in the dead of night and discusses many character defects in vague detail, and although this event never actually happened, its pivotal for how the final interview plays out, and how Frost manages to have Nixon accept his guilt. In many ways the film certainly attempts to capture the essence of what went on during those interview days, but it also tries to make its own mark for the performances alone, which are the benchmark of the film, once these two sit face to face, thats when the magic occurs. Expand
  9. Jan 16, 2012
    6
    The huge flaw for this film was that it took until the very end to get interest. The last 30 minutes or so of the film is when it got really good. The build up before that was insanely boring. The acting was great but the movie was about average.
  10. Sep 30, 2012
    6
    The film was incredibly boring through out until the very end (the final 20-30 mins or so), Which is really disapointing. However, those final 20-30 mins are very powerful and sort of make up for the rest.
  11. Feb 19, 2012
    8
    This is a really great movie. Not everyone is going to love it, and many people are going to get bored with it, but it is a very well thought out motion picture. It moves at a methodical pace that lures in the viewer. Only in the last half hour of the film does the story kick it into a higher gear. Frank Langella and Michael Sheen both give award worthy performances, and I even liked KevinThis is a really great movie. Not everyone is going to love it, and many people are going to get bored with it, but it is a very well thought out motion picture. It moves at a methodical pace that lures in the viewer. Only in the last half hour of the film does the story kick it into a higher gear. Frank Langella and Michael Sheen both give award worthy performances, and I even liked Kevin Bacon in this movie. Check it out if a good political drama is what you are craving, otherwise I wouldn't recommend it. Expand
  12. 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 to take Peter Morgan's stimulating screenplay and make a captivating historical drama.
  13. 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 an absorbing film but when Frost and Nixon finally sit down face to face, the magic really begins.
  14. Apr 2, 2012
    8
    Langella was simply amazing. His ability to make you love him and hate him at the same time was great. A smart script and the pacing of the movie was right on target.
  15. Jun 6, 2012
    8
    Absorbing historical drama based on the series of interviews between British chat show host David Frost and disgraced former US President Richard Nixon in 1977.

    The film is based on the play of the same name and Michael Sheen (Frost) and Frank Langella (Nixon) reprise their characters from the stage version. This continuity gives both actors confidence in their portrayals and both give
    Absorbing historical drama based on the series of interviews between British chat show host David Frost and disgraced former US President Richard Nixon in 1977.

    The film is based on the play of the same name and Michael Sheen (Frost) and Frank Langella (Nixon) reprise their characters from the stage version. This continuity gives both actors confidence in their portrayals and both give terrific performances, in particular Langella, who earned an Oscar nod for his initially snarling and defiant and later personal and sombre portrayal of Nixon.

    Frost/Nixon deals with the preparation for the interviews by both camps, an unfavoured Frost and team and an over-confident Nixon. The interviews are likened to a boxing match, with both participants retiring to their respective corners in between sparring sessions, and Nixon's chief of staff Jack Brennan (Kevin Bacon) temporarily 'throwing in the towel' on Nixon's behalf before Frost delivers the knock-out blow. In dealing with the most significant scandal in American politics, director Ron Howard has an engrossing subject matter to work with and he does a decent job behind the camera mixing in faux-documentary retrospective interviews with some of the bit part players with clever shots of the interviews from behind the camera.
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  16. May 23, 2013
    9
    This really is a great film. I love that it captures the complexity of not only the Watergate scandal itself, but Nixon's feelings, emotions, thoughts, and regret as well. This is mainly because of Peter Morgan's excellent screenplay; it's powerful and entertaining at all the right moments. Frank Langella and Michael Sheen give really great performances here, and the supporting cast isThis really is a great film. I love that it captures the complexity of not only the Watergate scandal itself, but Nixon's feelings, emotions, thoughts, and regret as well. This is mainly because of Peter Morgan's excellent screenplay; it's powerful and entertaining at all the right moments. Frank Langella and Michael Sheen give really great performances here, and the supporting cast is perfect and rounds the film out nicely. This is a powerful political drama that is also supremely entertaining; it's one of the best films of 2008. Expand
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80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Unsatisfying even if, like me, you're a lifelong aficionado of Nixon-bashing.
  2. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    Frost/Nixon works even better on screen. Director Ron Howard and Morgan, adapting his own play, have both opened up the tale and, with the power of close-ups, made this duel of wits even more intimate and suspenseful.
  3. Less a political movie than a boxing film without the gloves.