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The Manchurian Candidate Reviews

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Witney Seibold
June 3, 2016
"The Manchurian Candidate" is striking in its hard edge. This is not a slick, subtle dissection of modern politics. This is a fist to the face.
Eric Melin
May 31, 2016
... what strikes me is the savvy and modern craft of its filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
May 23, 2013
Classic Cold War satirical thriller stands test of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
September 30, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] John Frankenheimer directs with a distinctive complexity of visual depth and a surreal tone of lurking menace.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 19, 2011
Set the standard for cinematic paranoid thrillers and stands as the quintessential John Frankenheimer film. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
July 13, 2011
This aunting film noir, easily John Frankenheimer's best film, is satisfying on any level, narrative, visual, ideological, and acting.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 17, 2010
With spry editing and camerawork, [Frankenheimer] fuses together a documentary-like realism and more expressive stylizations to create a hybrid thriller-satire
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter Bradshaw
April 16, 2010
Don't bother with Jonathan Demme's toothless 2004 remake; the rereleased classic cold war thriller from 1962 by John Frankenheimer packs a harder punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 24, 2009
a benchmark of the United States' coming of age in the 1960s
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

May 7, 2008
Among a strong cast, Lansbury is wonderfully wicked as Shaw's despicable mother.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 7, 2008
powerful experience, alternately corrosive with dark parodic humor, suspenseful, moving, and terrifying.
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Variety Staff
May 7, 2008
Every once in a rare while a film comes along that works in all departments, with story, production and performance so well blended that the end effect is one of nearly complete satisfaction. Such is The Manchurian Candidate.
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
February 7, 2008
...goes down the rabbit hole, though never too far to lose its satirical relevance to the insanity of real-world politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
A masterpiece.
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
August 12, 2005
even when taken out of its historic context, this film is a thought-provoking piece of quality filmmaking
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
David Cornelius
December 20, 2004
People have called The Machurian Candidate the greatest political thriller ever made. People would be right.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 27, 2004
A volatile work, part thriller, part quasi-science fiction, part vicious satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 7, 2004
It's both exciting and disheartening that a 42 year-old satire like this still works as pointedly as it does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
July 30, 2004
Frankenheimer's TV shooting style is only adequate, but it's the McCarthyist and Freudian undertones that make Candidate a winner.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
July 30, 2004
Frankenheimer easily ranks as the pre-eminent director of political intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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