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The Manchurian Candidate Reviews

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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 Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3/5

May 27, 2011
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Sleek remake is more violent than original.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 28, 2010
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

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 Source: Cinema Writer | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 19, 2010
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 29, 2009
Gregory Freitas

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 Source: | Original Score: 2/5

November 20, 2008
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Urban Cinefile

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.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 18, 2008
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

The original film worked also as delicious satire, where this wannabe cousin to Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 ignites unintentional laughs.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

August 7, 2008
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews above-average contemporary remake...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

April 26, 2008
Rob Gonsalves

Demme's filmmaking has lost none of its jazz.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

September 27, 2007
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

With an inchoate admonition implanted in its aggrieved, post-modern heart, Demme's Manchurian Candidate is blippy and fractured and smeared with color.

Full Review | Original Score: 86/100

September 9, 2007
Ron Reed
Christianity Today

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

September 27, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Happily, this extremely timely entertainment matches, even perhaps surpasses its predecessor.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

Impressively accomplished and highly entertaining, with sufficiently smart new twists to keep you guessing all the way to the nerve-wracking climax.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

April 1, 2006

A superb piece of filmmaking by directing icon Jonathan Demme that surpasses the John Frankenheimer original in ways I didn't think possible.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 11, 2006
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat

What is surprising is how fresh Demme's version is and how close it approaches the original in terms of quality.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews

the ending is mother of all disappointments

Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews | Original Score: 3/10

August 12, 2005
Jason Zingale

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 5, 2005
Glen Bucher

Jonathan Demme did a very good job in remaking a classic piece of American cinema.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 8/10

June 25, 2005
Bill Clark

This is a good old-fashioned thriller, nothing less, and nothing more.

Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony | Original Score: B+

June 21, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

An exhilarating, if politically wishy-washy, modern-day reimagining of Frankenheimer's gem.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B+

May 4, 2005
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