The Manchurian Candidate Reviews

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August 1, 2019
An unstable compound of science fiction, political satire and murder which fails to explode.
March 1, 2018
The direction and acting are good, so interest is maintained. Frankeheimer's handling of the early sequences, in which he attempts and succeeds in creating on film the corruption of the mind, is imaginative filmmaking.
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.
May 31, 2016
... what strikes me is the savvy and modern craft of its filmmaking.
May 23, 2013
Classic Cold War satirical thriller stands test of time.
September 30, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] John Frankenheimer directs with a distinctive complexity of visual depth and a surreal tone of lurking menace.
July 19, 2011
Set the standard for cinematic paranoid thrillers and stands as the quintessential John Frankenheimer film. [Blu-ray]
July 13, 2011
This aunting film noir, easily John Frankenheimer's best film, is satisfying on any level, narrative, visual, ideological, and acting.
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
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.
March 24, 2009
a benchmark of the United States' coming of age in the 1960s
May 7, 2008
Among a strong cast, Lansbury is wonderfully wicked as Shaw's despicable mother.
May 7, 2008
powerful experience, alternately corrosive with dark parodic humor, suspenseful, moving, and terrifying.
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.
February 7, 2008
...goes down the rabbit hole, though never too far to lose its satirical relevance to the insanity of real-world politics.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
A masterpiece.
August 12, 2005
even when taken out of its historic context, this film is a thought-provoking piece of quality filmmaking
July 30, 2005
December 20, 2004
People have called The Machurian Candidate the greatest political thriller ever made. People would be right.
November 3, 2004
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