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April 16, 2017
A classic from Michael Mann. Tense, powerful, gripping, and as usual, his use of music is unrivaled.
½ April 1, 2017
The first Hannibal movie that hasn't aged very well, but it is worth a watch for fans of Harris' work.
March 20, 2017
Great use of cheesy 80's pop/synth and Mann's typically great visual style. Far superior to the 'Hannibal Lector' films that followed
½ February 24, 2017
Manhunter's pace is a little too slow for my liking. Will Graham and Francis Dollarhyde's personalities need to be jacked up a little bit, as they seem too calm for their situations.
½ February 11, 2017
Great camera work, framing and color. Feast for the eyes.
½ February 4, 2017
Pretty poor, in fact the worst Hannibal film of the lot. Luckily they remade it with Hopkins in Red Dragon as that version is far superior.
½ January 14, 2017
ONe of the great showdowns in movie history is this movie, vs the red dragon. Still not sure which way to go.
½ January 5, 2017
Brian Cox and Tom Noonan aside, I was disappointed by this, highly rated thriller. Sadly its dated badly, and reeks of too many things that were bad about the 80s.
January 3, 2017
The only movie left to watch in the collection that involves Hannibal Lecter was this one. Easily the worst of the bunch. William Petersen's is mostly okay as the lead but there are moments where he is really bad. The ending is pretty horrible and is straight outta the eighties. Tom Noonan is creepy as the killer though.
½ January 2, 2017
I give this a 91/A-.
December 31, 2016
Best Hannibal movie!
November 27, 2016
Between Anthony Hopkins' pop culture-infused performance and Bryan Fuller's brilliant television series, the movie that introduced the world to Hannibal Lecter is often forgotten. But Michael Mann's Manhunter deserves another look. Based on the novel Red Dragon, Mann's adaptation cuts out much of the plot in favour of mood and atmosphere. In other words this is a perfect example of style over substance. And that style is pure 80s. Manhunter is definitely a product of its time and not everything has aged particularly well. The first half dealing with Will Graham's obsessive nature is perfectly constructed, with Mann creating an extremely suspenseful and surreal mood complimented by William Petersen's performance. When the story shifts to serial killer Francis Dollarhyde it loses momentum. Just about all of Dollarhyde's backstory and motivation has been left out, robbing the character of his depth and impact (despite a creepily effective job by Tom Noonan). And then there's Brian Cox as Hannibal, who manages to make a great impression with only ten minutes of screen time. Mann's camerawork and use of music create an uneasy, almost dream-like atmosphere. And while it's unfortunate he leaves out much of the novel's plot and graphic violence, the film still manages to make quite an impact. Not everything works, but the positives greatly outweigh the negatives and I highly recommend it.
½ November 27, 2016
Gosh man...those 80s feelings hit you over and over again..!
½ October 23, 2016
Considering what eventually became of Red Dragon in 2002, this is a great start for Hannibal Lecter.
October 22, 2016
This is still my favorite entry in the Hannibal Lector movies.
Michael Mann created a very interesting and atmospheric movie.
½ September 11, 2016
I had high exceptions due to the high ratings given for this film. I was left disappointed and I much prefer the film the Red Dragon. I also didn't find this version very scary or haunting at all.
July 25, 2016
Never knew this movie was first
½ June 12, 2016
Very good psychological thriller has a FBI agent looking to Hannibal Lektor for help in capturing a serial killer. Liked Petersen in the lead role. Best part of the film is the relentless pace, maintains interest throughout and never really goes into a lull.
June 12, 2016
Michael Mann's adaptation of the Thomas Harris novel Red Dragon entitled Manhunter is one of best police procedural and criminal profiling movies you're ever likely to find. The movie is soaked in the timeframe that it was filmed in, but it doesn't really matter. The film tells the story of Will Graham, who was a retired criminal profiler for the FBI, but is brought back onto a case after nearly losing his life solving his previous case. He goes after the serial killer known as The Tooth Fairy, but in order to get inside the mind of the killer in order to find him, he must revisit his previous case, namely, Hannibal Lektor (changed from Lecter in the original novel). The film is famously known as the film that introduced Hannibal Lecter to the world prior to the success of The Silence of the Lambs, but this is a superior film in a lot of ways. I think that The Silence of the Lambs is a masterpiece in its own right, but Manhunter is a much darker and much more involving thriller. The color palette of the film is tremendous, using lots of blues, reds, and greens, and the cinematography is always interesting to look at. It's just a masterpiece of storytelling.
½ June 12, 2016
Chilling and highly stylized, Michael Mann's early take on the novel 'Red Dragon' is an intense and surreal thriller. William Peterson and Tom Noonan are electrifying, and the score and cinematography are expertly disorienting. Though less popular than the other adaptations of Thomas Harris' novel(s), 'Manhunter' is a solid flick.
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