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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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  1. Positive: 35 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. 100
    Frank Langella and Michael Sheen do not attempt to mimic their characters, but to embody them.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    100
    A totally mesmerizing battle of the wills between the occasionally charming yet wily Nixon and the increasingly desperate Frost.
  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
    Frost/Nixon's main attraction is neither its topicality nor its historical value, but Langella's re-creation of his Tony-winning performance.
  5. Ultimately, Frost/Nixon may be stuck in time – but, oh, what a time it was.
  6. Never entirely escapes its theatrical origins, and, by framing the story so pugilistically, the filmmakers don't bring out the full richness in this material.
  7. Unsatisfying even if, like me, you're a lifelong aficionado of Nixon-bashing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 48
  2. Negative: 5 out of 48
  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 23, 2010
    9
    Film portraying a series of interviews between disgraced former US President Richard Nixon & British satirist/talk-show host David Frost.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. xLAWx
    May 27, 2009
    8
    Outstanding casts and director and also a fast paced movie. One of the best films of the year.
  5. Jun 6, 2012
    8
    Absorbing historical drama based on the series of interviews between British chat show host David Frost and disgraced former US PresidentAbsorbing 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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  6. WalterR.
    Dec 5, 2008
    7
    Saw this as part of a preview audience last spring. Very entertaining and superbly acted with Langella and Bacon as the outstanding Saw this as part of a preview audience last spring. Very entertaining and superbly acted with Langella and Bacon as the outstanding performers. Good pacing and does not lean toward any political side-taking...it mearely tells you what happened in a very well written and paced manner. Gave it a 7 for the topic it addresses....not for the easily bored. Certainly for audiences who enjoy dialogue and are not craving action thrills. The appeal to any younger viewers will be close to zero. 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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