The Manchurian Candidate (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

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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Movie Info

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


Meryl Streep
as Eleanor Shaw
Liev Schreiber
as Raymond Shaw
Jeffrey Wright
as Al Melvin
Vera Farmiga
as Jocelyne Jordan
Jon Voight
as Tom Jordan
Ted Levine
as Colonel Howard
Miguel Ferrer
as Colonel Garret
Tom Stechschulte
as Governor Robert "Bob...
Pablo Schreiber
as PFC Eddie Ingram
Anthony Mackie
as Robert Baker
Teddy Dunn
as Wilson
Tim Artz
as Jameson
Robyn Hitchcock
as Laurence Tokar
Antoine Taylor
as Boy Scout
Joseph Alessi
as Boy Scout
Bill Irwin
as Scoutmaster
Al Franken
as a reporter
Paul Lazar
as Gillespie
Danny Darst
as Ellie's Mysterious A...
Stephanie McBride
as Political Aide
Molly Hickock
as Political Aide
Victoria Haynes
as Political Aide
Adam LeFevre
as Congressman Healy
Roger Corman
as the Secretary
Leona E. Sondreal
as Green Room Official
Zeljko Ivanek
as Vaughn Utly
Jim Roche
as Senator from Florida
Ann Dowd
as Congresswoman Becket...
Obba Babatundé
as Senator Wells
Harry Northrup
as Congressman Flores
Walter Mosley
as Congressman Rawlins
Gayle King
as Media Icon
Brad Holbrook
as Newscaster
Prue Lewarne
as Newscaster
Forrest Sawyer
as Newscaster
Ukee Washington
as Newscaster
Ed Crane
as Newscaster
Kaity Tong
as Newscaster
Roma Torre-Lopez
as Newscaster
William Meisle
as Tyler Prentiss
Dan Olmstead
as Senator John Shaw
Sakina Jaffrey
as Mysterious Arabic Wo...
Simon McBurney
as Atticus Noyle
Charles Napier
as General Sloan
Robert Castle
as General Wilson
John Aprea
as Rear Admiral Glick
Jane DeNoble
as Robert Arthur's Wife
Jocelyn Jordan
as Vera Farmiga
Jude Ciccolella
as David Donovan
Dean Stockwell
as Mark Whiting
John Bedford Lloyd
as Jay `J.B.' Johnston
David Keeley
as Agent Evan Anderson
Christopher M. Russo
as Secret Service Agent
Michael C. Pierce
as Secret Service Agent
Martin Ireland
as Army Transcriber
Glen Hartell
as Army Transcriber
Tracey Walter
as Night Clerk
Alyson Renaldo
as Mirella Freeman
Edwidge Danticat
as Rosie's Cousin
Kenny Utt
as Rosie's Cousin's Men...
David Neumann
as Reporter
Neda Armian
as Reporter
Paul Johnson
as Campaign Security
James McCauley
as FBI Agent Jonas
BeBe Winans
as FBI Agent Williams
Darrell Larson
as FBI Agent Ramirez
Kate Valk
as `Shadow' Agent Volk
Beau Sia
as Late Night Comedian
Duana Butler
as Library Clerk
Jim Wheeler
as Library Patron
Lauren Roselli
as Jordan's Aide
Stephen Richardson
as Jordan's Aide
Shing Ka
as Rosie's Sidekick
Malcolm Simpson
as Yelling Kid
Josephine Demme
as `Statue of Liberty'
Gabriela Fung
as `Betsy Ross'
Denzel Dellahoussaye
as `George Washington'
Aaron Scoenfeld
as `Uncle Sam'
Michael Shehata
as `American Eagle'
Tom Chapin
as Governor Edward Nels...
Lewis Walker
as Churchgoer
Buzz Kilman
as The Guy with the Sha...
Marie Runyon
as Arthur's Mother
Eliza Simpson
as Arthur's Child
Julie Adamy
as Arthur's Child
Andre B. Blake
as Victory Party Direct...
Tymberly Canale Harr...
as Victory Party Celebr...
Lilly McDowell
as Shaw's Aide
Josh Elrod
as Shaw Aides
Craig Branam
as Klaus Bachman
Sidney Lumet
as Political
Roy Blount Jr.
as Political
Fab 5 Freddy
as Political
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Critic Reviews for The Manchurian Candidate

All Critics (204) | 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

It's an enjoyable, thrilling-enough watch, but it's not entirely memorable and suffers from an intriguing but convoluted premise.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

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 Quotes

Eleanor Prentiss Shaw: Sergeant Raymond Shaw.
– Submitted by Jamarco L (4 years ago)
Eleanor Prentiss Shaw: But... but when you smile... oh darling, when you smile, that's what I live for. When you smile.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)
Major Bennett Marco: This isn't an election, this is a coup.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)

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