Jonathan Demme's inventive update of The Manchurian Candidate proves that you can remake classic movies -- provided you've got a strong captain at the helm.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Inégal, mais efficace.
| Original Score: B-
Demme's The Manchurian Candidate is a political popcorn pleaser that's rousing in its sheer rawness.
| Original Score: 3/4
Demme takes the excellent source material ... and recreates it in a new style, with energy, wit, and a profound sense of cultural relevance.
| Original Score: A-
An intelligent, provocative blockbuster that succeeds on its own merits.
The Manchurian Candidate is a highly satisfying conspiracy theory thriller.
| Original Score: 7/10
While not superior to the original, this paranoid conspiracy psycho-thriller is still a superior remake.
| Original Score: 8/10
A polished remake of a 60s classic.
| Original Score: 3/5
It doesn't match the raw, satirical power of the original, but Demme's "Candidate" does score major points for being so prescient.
| Original Score: B+
On its own terms, demme's update is an aborbing pulp fare, but as a remake of the superb 1962 film, it leaves much to be desired.
| Original Score: B
Demme's film is far from perfect and decidedly out-of-date, but it's a fantastic cast that make this version so successful.
| Original Score: 73/100
There isn't a dull moment in this hallucinatory thriller, where the self-serving spin of TV news permeates the story throughout like a malevolent Greek chorus.
Sure the original 1962 version with Sinatra was better, but still this Jonathon Demme take is pretty chilling.
| Original Score: B+
A rare case of the remake being as good as the original.
| Original Score: 4/5
Demme's remake of the 1962 cold war political thriller arrives in a particularly heated time in American political life. So how is it that if feels so lukewarm?
| Original Score: C+
If they didn't get it, why did they want to remake it?
The original movie had a vision - quirky, unnerving, enduring - but the version now in theaters just has a market niche.
Director Demme is no John Frankenheimer and Meryl Streep...is no Angela Lansbury...Streep doesn't even come close to portraying the menacing character Lansbury created.
This solid thriller only works if you're unfamiliar with the 1962 original, one of the best films ever made.
[Director] Demme isn't so locked into a classic script that he can't find his own ethos, his own pulse, and his own unseen fears.
| Original Score: 4/4