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Frost/Nixon Review Critics


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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    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.

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  • 100

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Frank Langella and Michael Sheen do not attempt to mimic their characters, but to embody them.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Less a political movie than a boxing film without the gloves.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Surges with an energy and visual verve that improve the play and enhance the themes of dramatist Peter Morgan's script.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Talky, play-based political drama sheds light on history.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although kids may not be clamoring to see this talky, fairly intense political thriller, it serves as an informative introduction for teens (and adults) who want to know more about Watergate and how it brought down a sitting president. That said, the movie isn't 100 percent representative of real-life events, so more background/research may be needed. The main content of concern is a fair bit of swearing (mostly in the second half) and some heated back and forth between characters. There's also some archival footage from Vietnam, some social drinking and smoking, and a little bit of ogling/innuendo.

  • Families can talk about the film's historical accuracy. Why might filmmakers bend the facts when making a movie based on real life? How could you find out more about Nixon and Watergate if you wanted to? Parents and teens can also discuss why they think Nixon agreed to the interview with Frost in the first place. What did he gain from it? Do you think media exposure/coverage generally helps or hurts politicians? Why? How would you describe the relationship between the media and political worlds?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: A man takes on a political giant and manages neither to applaud nor completely vilify him -- but rather to show him in all his complexity. At first, he appears fairly cavalier but soon enough finds a sense of purpose.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: The movie's central dynamic is a verbal, not physical, joust. But some archival footage used in the film depicts men, women, and children being killed and maimed in Vietnam. Some yelling/screaming.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Mild ogling of one female character. A man wakes up next to a woman who appears to be naked, though no sensitive body parts are seen. A man asks another if he has "fornicated."

  • language false3

    Language: "Hell," "damn," "bitch," and, toward the end, a number of "f--k"s.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some smoking and drinking in social situations.