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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
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Sleek remake is more violent than original.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
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
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A rather decent imitation in the end with political subtext and very good performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gregory Freitas
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
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
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.
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 26, 2008 above-average contemporary remake...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Gonsalves
September 27, 2007
Demme's filmmaking has lost none of its jazz.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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 Review| Original Score: 86/100
Ron Reed
Christianity Today
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Happily, this extremely timely entertainment matches, even perhaps surpasses its predecessor.
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
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
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
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
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
August 12, 2005
the ending is mother of all disappointments
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Jason Zingale
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
Glen Bucher
June 25, 2005
Jonathan Demme did a very good job in remaking a classic piece of American cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Bill Clark
June 21, 2005
This is a good old-fashioned thriller, nothing less, and nothing more.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
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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