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Plot Summary

From Academy Award®-winning director, Ron Howard, comes the electrifying, untold story behind one of the most unforgettable moments in history. When disgraced President Richard Nixon agreed to an interview with jet-setting television personality, David Frost, he thought he'd found the key to saving his tarnished legacy. But, with a name to make and a reputation to overcome, Frost became one of Nixon's most formidable adversaries and engaged the leader in a charged battle of wits that changed the face of politics forever. Featuring brilliant portrayals by Frank Langella and Michael Sheen, Frost/Nixon is the fascinating and suspenseful story of truth, accountability, secrets and lies.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 217
  • Fresh: 199
  • Rotten: 18
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: All this makes for great entertainment on the big screen, though the real legacy of the Nixon interviews is more vexing than Morgan would have us understand. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Dec 30, 2008

Fresh: Nixon is infinitely more complex than George W. Bush, which is probably why this one slice of his life is more intriguing than "W," which covers decades. – Richard Roeper, Richard, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Most surprising of all, you may even feel a twinge of sympathy. Whether or not Nixon deserves it, this drama definitely deserves a look. – Limara Salt, Little White Lies, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


I loved this movie! Best movie of the year and my new favorite of all time. I loved Frank Langella's gripping performance as the infamous Richard Nixon and Michael Sheen was amazing as Sir David Frost. 10 stars out of 5

Compelling story, but probably works better as a play

This movie is good, the director presented a clear vision and the actors' performances were interesting and realistic but it would have been better in it's original play form. Some of the fast-paced emotional drama is lost in the movie but if offers more visible character development. Frost/Nixon suffers a slight "Shakespeare-effect" in which the cinematic version is never as good as the live theater, but it's definitely worth AT LEAST a rent.

Based on an actual event

(I was not aware that a stage play had been adapted from the television interview.) I saw the actual Frost/Nixon television interview and this does a fair job at re-enacting the on camera events. Compelling performances from all actors. A must for history buffs.

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