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The Manchurian Candidate Reviews

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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
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.
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
May 23, 2013
Classic Cold War satirical thriller stands test of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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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
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Cold War thriller still packs a punch 40 years later.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun
April 30, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Kit Bowen
January 31, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 7, 2008
powerful experience, alternately corrosive with dark parodic humor, suspenseful, moving, and terrifying.
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
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
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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.
Christopher Null
January 13, 2002
Possibly John Frankenheimer's finest film.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Eric Melin
May 31, 2016
... what strikes me is the savvy and modern craft of its filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
A brilliantly realized, acidic satire of American political life. It takes us into a strange, hallucinatory world that is hard to shake, long after the movie is over.
| Original Score: 90/100
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 3, 2002
A fascinating political conspiracy theory satire about the Cold War.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
September 18, 2002
Um filme tenso e inteligente que traz Frank Sinatra em grande atuação.
| Original Score: 5/5
Arthur Lazere
July 19, 2004
Still well worth a look, its reliance on the events of its time has undeniably diluted its power.
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
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