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The Manchurian Candidate Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
July 21, 2004
It's heady stuff in a nail-biting chiller that still has the power to make viewers perspire profusely.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 20, 2004
Mystery drama. Cold-War political farce. Spine-tingling thriller. Read it how you will...takes us for a wild ride through the mother of all conspiracy theories.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Arthur Lazere
July 19, 2004
Still well worth a look, its reliance on the events of its time has undeniably diluted its power.
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
January 12, 2004
With a dour, uncompromising view of humanity punctuated by raw violence, The Manchurian Candidate feels post-Kennedy, or like a harbinger of Watergate-era splatter
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
A nerve-beating masterpiece, and more timely now than then.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The Manchurian Candidate pops up with a rash supposition that could serve to scare some viewers half to death -- that is, if they should be dupes enough to believe it, which we solemnly trust they won't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
April 4, 2003
The Manchurian Candidate, a total flop in its own time, has become a prescient standard-bearer of paranoia and political intrigue.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Angela Lansbury's frighteningly in-check performance is alone worth the trip.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
December 1, 2002
Angela Lansbury [is] the most effective actor among a troupe of memorable roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Cold War thriller still packs a punch 40 years later.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
September 18, 2002
Um filme tenso e inteligente que traz Frank Sinatra em grande atuação.
| Original Score: 5/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
It's one of the best movie-movies I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
August 3, 2002
The Manchurian Candidate is at once brutally intelligent and shocking. Long after the final gunshot segues to pounding thunder, the impression of the film's climax fades like a slowly healing wound.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 3, 2002
A fascinating political conspiracy theory satire about the Cold War.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Christopher Null
January 13, 2002
Possibly John Frankenheimer's finest film.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
June 6, 2001
One of the finest Cold War thrillers ever made.
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Matt Ford
April 17, 2001
This genuinely frightening and daring film blew holes in the political complacency of post-war American cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
the film still feels taut, scathing, and paranoid because it cuts to the heart of mass fears and how those fears, whatever they may be, can be manipulated and exploited by the powerful-something that is no different today than it was in 1962.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Not a moment of The Manchurian Candidate lacks edge and tension and a cynical spin.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
A dazzling spy thriller that's still amazing.
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