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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Sleek remake is more violent than original.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
A rather decent imitation in the end with political subtext and very good performances.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Demme's direction is as punctilious as it was in Silence of the Lambs, careful with details and craftsmanlike with storytelling -- although we do have to work a bit to stay on top of things.
The original film worked also as delicious satire, where this wannabe cousin to Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 ignites unintentional laughs.
...an above-average contemporary remake...
| Original Score: 3/4
Demme's filmmaking has lost none of its jazz.
| Original Score: 5/5
With an inchoate admonition implanted in its aggrieved, post-modern heart, Demme's Manchurian Candidate is blippy and fractured and smeared with color.
| Original Score: 86/100
The movie is playing with ideas, and they're important enough to bear thinking about now. What it's playing on are our fears. And they're real enough, and worth addressing.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Happily, this extremely timely entertainment matches, even perhaps surpasses its predecessor.
Impressively accomplished and highly entertaining, with sufficiently smart new twists to keep you guessing all the way to the nerve-wracking climax.
A superb piece of filmmaking by directing icon Jonathan Demme that surpasses the John Frankenheimer original in ways I didn't think possible.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
What is surprising is how fresh Demme's version is and how close it approaches the original in terms of quality.
the ending is mother of all disappointments
| Original Score: 3/10
The film starts out as a taut, psychological thriller with a keen analysis of today's politics, but it eventually begins to slack off into third-rate originality.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Jonathan Demme did a very good job in remaking a classic piece of American cinema.
| Original Score: 8/10
This is a good old-fashioned thriller, nothing less, and nothing more.
| Original Score: B+
An exhilarating, if politically wishy-washy, modern-day reimagining of Frankenheimer's gem.