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The Manchurian Candidate Reviews

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May 27, 2011
If it isn't the original's equal, The Manchurian Candidate conjures up an air of menace sufficient to make most modern thrillers look like romantic comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 28, 2010
Sleek remake is more violent than original.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 19, 2010
This humorless and nonsensical update of The Manchurian Candidate - a total misread of Frankenheimer's classic original - never quite engages, devolving the original's camp and satire into self-serious melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 29, 2009
A rather decent imitation in the end with political subtext and very good performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 20, 2008
It is as shocking now as it was forty years ago, but nothing in the 2004 version approaches that level of intensity, intelligence, or audacity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 18, 2008
Demme's direction is as punctilious as it was in Silence of the Lambs, careful with details and craftsmanlike with storytelling -- although we do have to work a bit to stay on top of things.
August 7, 2008
The original film worked also as delicious satire, where this wannabe cousin to Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 ignites unintentional laughs.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 26, 2008 above-average contemporary remake...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 27, 2007
Demme's filmmaking has lost none of its jazz.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 9, 2007
With an inchoate admonition implanted in its aggrieved, post-modern heart, Demme's Manchurian Candidate is blippy and fractured and smeared with color.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 86/100
September 27, 2006
The movie is playing with ideas, and they're important enough to bear thinking about now. What it's playing on are our fears. And they're real enough, and worth addressing.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 24, 2006
Happily, this extremely timely entertainment matches, even perhaps surpasses its predecessor.
April 1, 2006
Impressively accomplished and highly entertaining, with sufficiently smart new twists to keep you guessing all the way to the nerve-wracking climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 11, 2006
A superb piece of filmmaking by directing icon Jonathan Demme that surpasses the John Frankenheimer original in ways I didn't think possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 6, 2005
What is surprising is how fresh Demme's version is and how close it approaches the original in terms of quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 12, 2005
the ending is mother of all disappointments
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
July 5, 2005
The film starts out as a taut, psychological thriller with a keen analysis of today's politics, but it eventually begins to slack off into third-rate originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 25, 2005
Jonathan Demme did a very good job in remaking a classic piece of American cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
June 21, 2005
This is a good old-fashioned thriller, nothing less, and nothing more.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 4, 2005
An exhilarating, if politically wishy-washy, modern-day reimagining of Frankenheimer's gem.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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