The Manchurian Candidate Reviews

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Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
July 5, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 29, 2004
Almost good enough to earn a recommendation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Larry Carroll
FilmStew.com
August 3, 2004
The only actor who outshines his predecessor is Schreiber, a criminally underrated actor who thoroughly sells both Raymond's public allure and private confusion.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 30, 2004
It shunts through the material, doing some interesting synthesizing, some genetic recombining, but it all adds up to something less powerful and interesting than the original.
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
August 4, 2004
A remake was wholly unnecessary, especially when it's as sloppy and inefficient a thriller as this one turned out to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
July 30, 2004
Demme's variation on Condon's work emerges as little more than a craftsmanlike film with occasional flashes of intelligence and brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
September 23, 2004
The original movie had a vision - quirky, unnerving, enduring - but the version now in theaters just has a market niche.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 17, 2004
The Manchurian Candidate, at bottom, has commitment problems. It is more serious and more diverting than your average summer release, but it isn't necessarily better.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
July 31, 2004
For now the goal is not world domination to further an ideology, but political power to boost profits. Such a comedown.
| Original Score: 2/4
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
July 28, 2004
(Subjects its) A-list cast to B-movie machinations such as credibility-stretching sci-fi brain implants and villainous mad scientists with vague accents and Nazi comb-overs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
July 30, 2004
[T]he film's overabundance of preposterous pop-corny-ness and simultaneous and surprising naivete defang it.
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
August 2, 2004
Even in Hollywood, the more things change (technology, end of the Cold War, corporate influence), the more things stay the same (greed, avarice, powerlust).
Full Review | Original Score: C
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org
October 10, 2004
If they didn't get it, why did they want to remake it?
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 28, 2004
The Manchurian Candidate is meant to creep us out by building on a foundation of paranoia just this side of solid. Demme builds his model on stilts of fancy that let too much hot air blow through.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 29, 2004
Angela Lansbury was right. A remake of John Frankenheimer's brilliant 1962 thriller, The Manchurian Candidate, is a lousy idea.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 30, 2004
As literal-minded and dramatically flaccid as its predecessor was allusive and taut.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
July 30, 2004
A case of smart and talented people trying to jam a Cold War square into a Gulf War circle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 30, 2004
To really enjoy this movie I think you have to have a small device implanted in your brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 23, 2004
An "A" for effort...Still, the frayed plot strands of the 2004 Manchurian Candidate make it a lame duck to Frankenheimer's first-term thriller.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
August 12, 2005
the ending is mother of all disappointments
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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