By Leah Rozen Paul Chi Alexis Chiu
December 15, 2008 12:00 PM

Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Sam Rockwell | R |

CRITIC’S CHOICE

DRAMA

If confession is good for the soul, then Richard Nixon must have been soulless. When he resigned the presidency in disgrace in 1974 following the Watergate scandal, he never admitted to his guilt for the illegal break-in and cover-up, nor did he apologize to the American people. The unlikely antagonist who finally got Nixon (Langella) to own up to his wrongdoing: David Frost (Sheen), a preening English talk show host. Frost/Nixon, directed by Ron Howard, blisteringly chronicles the lead-up to and taping of their four interviews in 1977, an epic televised confrontation. For a seemingly dry subject, Frost/Nixon crackles with excitement, humor and the thrill of the hunt—and Langella and Sheen couldn’t be better.

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