Rated R; 3.5 stars
As a fictionalized drama based on a real event, Frost/Nixon is successful. The first portion of the Ron Howard film, in which the groundwork is laid for the verbal face-off between talk show host David Frost and disgraced ex-President Richard Nixon, drags a bit. The movie doesn't fully kick in until the interviews start and we watch the men go at it as the TV cameras record the sparring. How it ends is well-known, but the screenplay and direction manage to maintain a sense of tension nonetheless. Just remember, though, it cheats, by cooking up a fictional exchange between the main characters.