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The Manchurian Candidate Reviews

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Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
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-
Frank Ochieng
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
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
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.
| Original Score: A-
Stephen Dalton
Sight and Sound
December 7, 2004
An intelligent, provocative blockbuster that succeeds on its own merits.
Ed Colley
Future Movies UK
November 20, 2004
The Manchurian Candidate is a highly satisfying conspiracy theory thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
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
Nev Pierce
November 16, 2004
A polished remake of a 60s classic.
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
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+
Emanuel Levy
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
Joe Utichi
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Demme's film is far from perfect and decidedly out-of-date, but it's a fantastic cast that make this version so successful.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
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
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.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 24, 2004
Sure the original 1962 version with Sinatra was better, but still this Jonathon Demme take is pretty chilling.
| Original Score: B+
Matthew Turner
October 23, 2004
A rare case of the remake being as good as the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
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+
Alan Dale
October 10, 2004
If they didn't get it, why did they want to remake it?
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
September 23, 2004
The original movie had a vision - quirky, unnerving, enduring - but the version now in theaters just has a market niche.
Tony Medley
September 20, 2004
Director Demme is no John Frankenheimer and Meryl no Angela Lansbury...Streep doesn't even come close to portraying the menacing character Lansbury created.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
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
Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
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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