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Roman Polanski

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About the Movie

An American heart surgeon, with his wife in Paris, is thrown into an adventure when his wife vanishes. As he searches he teams up with a Parisian woman who may hold the key to the mystery.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 41
  • Fresh: 32
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: [Polanski] has succeeded in picking up the clever, unnerving thread of his earlier career. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Feb 19, 2010

Rotten: A thriller without much surprise, suspense or excitement. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Vintage Polanski. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Feb 19, 2010

Fresh: Even with its excesses, Frantic is a reminder of how absorbing a good thriller can be. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews


Harrison Ford is a good actor but even he can't bring this movie full of plot holes, unappealing characters, and a boring plot to a climax. It's a big letdown with no twists or turns not even at the end.

Excellent film

Don't expect action or lots of fight scenes. Short the requisite Maguffin (in this case the Krytron device), there are few other formulaic devices in this film. Ford's breakaway movie, which moved him away from swaggering, cocky action hero type. The pacing is classic Polanski. A doctor vacationing in Paris with his wife has the unimaginable happen--his wife is kidnapped. What follows is at times slow-paced, but the action which does occur is very believable (and shocking). A very realistic film. If you don't mind long unbroken shots, deliberately slow pacing, and psychological drama, this film may be for you. Not for all tastes, however.

Classic Polanski!

For anyone whose idea of a thriller is gunfights, fistfights, explosions, fast-paced editing, gratuitous scares and wild "twists and turns," this is not the movie for you. This is a more slow moving, down to earth, realistic drama than anything else. Not my favorite by Polanski or Ford, but it is damn good. Polanski's style can often feel slow-moving and even boring, but once you "get it" and are into it, you like it that way. It's a nice breath of fresh air after watching all these present-day thrillers, which are basically just "big action movies" with slightly fewer explosions and digital FX.

Dark, gritty, realistic, subtle and minimalistic, this is a thriller for the film connosieur, not your average teeny-bopper who thinks "Distubia" is the best movie ever made.

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