(2008)

Critic Reviews

80

Metascore

Based on 38 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Frank Langella and Michael Sheen do not attempt to mimic their characters, but to embody them.
100
Morgan finds the right elements of action and character through which to make history leap off the page.
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.
100
The craftsmanship, acting, and history lesson all make it among the most satisfying films of Ron Howard's career.
100
Premiere
A totally mesmerizing battle of the wills between the occasionally charming yet wily Nixon and the increasingly desperate Frost.
91
Surges with an energy and visual verve that improve the play and enhance the themes of dramatist Peter Morgan's script.
90
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.
90
What Ron Howard gets, to a degree that's astonishing in a two-hour film, is the density and complexity, as well as the generous entertainment quotient, of Peter Morgan's screenplay.
88
Director Ron Howard has turned Peter Morgan's stage success into a grabber of a movie laced with tension, stinging wit and potent human drama.
80
A case is being made here that it wasn't really Frost who did Nixon in: It was Nixon's old nemesis, the TV camera.
75
Frost/Nixon is not the epic gladiatorial face-off, the ricocheting verbal shoot-out that writer Morgan and filmmaker Howard imagined.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
Less a political movie than a boxing film without the gloves.

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