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The Manchurian Candidate Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 7, 2008
powerful experience, alternately corrosive with dark parodic humor, suspenseful, moving, and terrifying.
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Variety Staff
Variety
May 7, 2008
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.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
A masterpiece.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The Manchurian Candidate pops up with a rash supposition that could serve to scare some viewers half to death -- that is, if they should be dupes enough to believe it, which we solemnly trust they won't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Has an excoriating, destabilizing wit that seems as knowingly sophisticated today as it must have then.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Not a moment of The Manchurian Candidate lacks edge and tension and a cynical spin.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Its story of Cold War intrigue, murky East-West dealings, assassination, brainwashing -- and the idea of a glorified cue-card reader playing president -- resonates today like never before.