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The Manchurian Candidate Reviews

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March 5, 2005
Jonathan Demme's inventive update of The Manchurian Candidate proves that you can remake classic movies -- provided you've got a strong captain at the helm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 25, 2005
Inégal, mais efficace.
| Original Score: B-
January 26, 2005
Demme's The Manchurian Candidate is a political popcorn pleaser that's rousing in its sheer rawness.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
December 31, 2004
Demme takes the excellent source material ... and recreates it in a new style, with energy, wit, and a profound sense of cultural relevance.
Read More | Original Score: A-
December 7, 2004
An intelligent, provocative blockbuster that succeeds on its own merits.
November 20, 2004
The Manchurian Candidate is a highly satisfying conspiracy theory thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
November 19, 2004
While not superior to the original, this paranoid conspiracy psycho-thriller is still a superior remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
November 16, 2004
A polished remake of a 60s classic.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 16, 2004
It doesn't match the raw, satirical power of the original, but Demme's "Candidate" does score major points for being so prescient.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 14, 2004
On its own terms, demme's update is an aborbing pulp fare, but as a remake of the superb 1962 film, it leaves much to be desired.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 14, 2004
Demme's film is far from perfect and decidedly out-of-date, but it's a fantastic cast that make this version so successful.
| Original Score: 73/100
November 2, 2004
There isn't a dull moment in this hallucinatory thriller, where the self-serving spin of TV news permeates the story throughout like a malevolent Greek chorus.
October 24, 2004
Sure the original 1962 version with Sinatra was better, but still this Jonathon Demme take is pretty chilling.
Read More | Original Score: B+
October 23, 2004
A rare case of the remake being as good as the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 15, 2004
Demme's remake of the 1962 cold war political thriller arrives in a particularly heated time in American political life. So how is it that if feels so lukewarm?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 10, 2004
If they didn't get it, why did they want to remake it?
September 23, 2004
The original movie had a vision - quirky, unnerving, enduring - but the version now in theaters just has a market niche.
September 20, 2004
Director Demme is no John Frankenheimer and Meryl Streep...is no Angela Lansbury...Streep doesn't even come close to portraying the menacing character Lansbury created.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
September 19, 2004
This solid thriller only works if you're unfamiliar with the 1962 original, one of the best films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 16, 2004
[Director] Demme isn't so locked into a classic script that he can't find his own ethos, his own pulse, and his own unseen fears.
| Original Score: 4/4
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