The Manchurian Candidate (2004)



Critic Consensus: While not the classic its predecessor is, this update is well-acted and conjures a chilling resonance.

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A psychological thriller in which a career soldier, Army Major Bennett Marco, grows suspicious about his experiences in Desert Storm after Squad Sergeant Raymond Shaw, son of the powerful Senator Eleanor Shaw, becomes a candidate for Vice President.

Rating: R (for violence and some language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: George Axelrod, Daniel Pyne, Dean Georgaris
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 21, 2004
Box Office: $65.7M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Manchurian Candidate

All Critics (203) | Top Critics (45)

Happily, this extremely timely entertainment matches, even perhaps surpasses its predecessor.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

If it isn't the original's equal, The Manchurian Candidate conjures up an air of menace sufficient to make most modern thrillers look like romantic comedies.

Full Review… | May 27, 2011

Sleek remake is more violent than original.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

This humorless and nonsensical update of The Manchurian Candidate - a total misread of Frankenheimer's classic original - never quite engages, devolving the original's camp and satire into self-serious melodrama.

Full Review… | August 19, 2010
Cinema Writer

A rather decent imitation in the end with political subtext and very good performances.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

It is as shocking now as it was forty years ago, but nothing in the 2004 version approaches that level of intensity, intelligence, or audacity.

Full Review… | November 20, 2008

Audience Reviews for The Manchurian Candidate

A superbly acted and skillfully scripted story. Denzel, as always is terrific, but the big surprise is Liev Schreiber's awesome performance as a confused politician puppetered by his rich mother. The ending is appropriate and the story is rich in character color.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

The Manchurian Candidate for me is an average thriller that works well enough because of a good cast. I enjoyed the film, but did feel it lacked something to really make it something excellent. If it wasn't for the cast, the film definitely wouldn't have the same effect, as the cast here are well chosen in their respective roles and are perfect in the parts they play. This is a good thriller, but is nothing really excellent. The film does have an entertaining story, which is engaging, however it lacks something really special to make this film memorable. The performances, like I stated is what really makes this film worth seeing, and above all makes the film interesting for the viewer. The Manchurian Candidate is better than what most people may think, and is a good remake for what it is, but of course it does not beat the original. Director Jonathan Demme delivers a good thriller with this remake even though it's not perfect, the film does deliver and entertaining two hours. I think that the film is underrated and was quite good considering that this is a remake. The cast like I said were great, and is one of the key aspects as to why the film works. There are things that could have been improved upon, but for the most part, this remake of the classic Manchurian Candidate is good enough entertainment for anyone looking for a good thriller. I really enjoyed this film and thought it was very good, but it was of course at times uneven.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

The Manchurian Candidate was a good movie to me, despite what all these other people say. Its about a man who starts to suspect from his dreams tha him and his squad in the war were brainwashed and he must discover why and it leads him into secrets he should've never gotten into. The cast is incredible and I know Meryl Streep ios great but as usual Denzel in my opinion steals the show, his intensity and face expressions are just genius acting. The plot was very slow, but the more and more we watch it becomes even more and more interesting and we want to see how this will all end. I have never seen the original so I can't say much about that, but what I can say is I enjoyed this film and I think thats all that matters.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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