Classic Cold War satirical thriller stands test of time.
| Original Score: 5/5
[VIDEO ESSAY] John Frankenheimer directs with a distinctive complexity of visual depth and a surreal tone of lurking menace.
| Original Score: A
Set the standard for cinematic paranoid thrillers and stands as the quintessential John Frankenheimer film. [Blu-ray]
| Original Score: 4/4
This aunting film noir, easily John Frankenheimer's best film, is satisfying on any level, narrative, visual, ideological, and acting.
With spry editing and camerawork, [Frankenheimer] fuses together a documentary-like realism and more expressive stylizations to create a hybrid thriller-satire
Don't bother with Jonathan Demme's toothless 2004 remake; the rereleased classic cold war thriller from 1962 by John Frankenheimer packs a harder punch.
| Original Score: 4/5
a benchmark of the United States' coming of age in the 1960s
Among a strong cast, Lansbury is wonderfully wicked as Shaw's despicable mother.
powerful experience, alternately corrosive with dark parodic humor, suspenseful, moving, and terrifying.
Every once in a rare while a film comes along that works in all departments, with story, production and performance so well blended that the end effect is one of nearly complete satisfaction. Such is The Manchurian Candidate.
...goes down the rabbit hole, though never too far to lose its satirical relevance to the insanity of real-world politics.
even when taken out of its historic context, this film is a thought-provoking piece of quality filmmaking
| Original Score: 7/10
People have called The Machurian Candidate the greatest political thriller ever made. People would be right.
A volatile work, part thriller, part quasi-science fiction, part vicious satire.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
It's both exciting and disheartening that a 42 year-old satire like this still works as pointedly as it does.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Frankenheimer's TV shooting style is only adequate, but it's the McCarthyist and Freudian undertones that make Candidate a winner.
Frankenheimer easily ranks as the pre-eminent director of political intrigue.
It's heady stuff in a nail-biting chiller that still has the power to make viewers perspire profusely.
Mystery drama. Cold-War political farce. Spine-tingling thriller. Read it how you will...takes us for a wild ride through the mother of all conspiracy theories.
| Original Score: 8/10