Manhunt: UNABOMBER (2017)



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Engrossing and affecting, Manhunt: Unabomber uses a taut, meticulously constructed narrative to uncover the facts behind the oft-exaggerated true story.



Critic Ratings: 29


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User Ratings: 17

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Manhunt: UNABOMBER tells the dramatic and gripping true story of the FBI's hunt for the Unabomber, the deadliest serial bomber in history. The story focuses on FBI Agent and Criminal Profiler Jim "Fitz" Fitzgerald who pioneered the use of forensic linguistics to identify and ultimately capture the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski.


Sam Worthington
as Jim "Fitz" Fitzpatrick
Paul Bettany
as Ted Kaczynski
Chris Noth
as Don Ackerman
Jane Lynch
as Janet Reno
Mark Duplass
as David Kaczynski
Jeremy Bobb
as Stan Cole
Brian F. O'Byrne
as Frank McAlpine
Michael Nouri
as Bob Guccione
Ben Weber
as Andy Genelli
John Berchtold
as Young Ted Kaczynski
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Critic Reviews for Manhunt UNABOMBER

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (12)

Engrossing at times and well worth watching, though the writing is often graceless and the direction haphazard.

Jul 28, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Manhunt: Unabomber is marvelously constructed, deeply felt and one of the year's best.

Jul 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Manhunt is an all-out winner. It draws great tension and frustration out of the bureaucracy of this particular federal bureau and takes the time to detail the Unabomber's motives as well as his methods.

Sep 6, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The result is television that (occasionally) fails to pop with excitement, but nevertheless engages on an almost Fincher-ian level. Add in the fact that it's all really true, and looking away from Manhunt is a hard thing to do.

Aug 3, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Manhunter: Unabomber easily represents Discovery Channel's best foray into scripted TV -- a taut, gripping account that touches upon aspects of the investigation many have doubtless forgotten or, more likely, never knew.

Aug 1, 2017 | Full Review…
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Clunes proves as good at drama as he is at comedy.

Jun 19, 2019 | Full Review…

For those seeking more style over substance, the show falls a little short. It's worth tuning in for the performances and sticking around for the gripping narrative in play.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This show had me entirely invested and binging through the entire series.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Thanks to the quick pace and assured handling, along with a few notable badasses, Manhunt is imminently watchable.

May 8, 2018 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

The capture of Kaczynski is a moment many of us remember well, but this harrowing retelling reveals the inside story of the hunt for the Unabomber-and what, or who, turned the brilliant, damaged Ted Kaczynski into a man who killed.

Jan 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Psychologically acute and unexpectedly suspenseful, Manhunt elevates the procedural to high drama.

Aug 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Manhunt: Unabomber has a by-the-book feel -- a lot of forensics and theories.

Aug 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Manhunt: UNABOMBER

  • Jun 10, 2020
    Could have been so good if they didn't throw every cliché in the book at it. Lots of standing and staring at paperwork and whiteboard moments. Script is just as bad. Wanted to like it but it bored me.
  • May 10, 2020
    Must have taken a lot of effort to take this story and make it so boring. Stretched out the interesting bits and filled with fluff of some guy stood over a mapped out pole of documents whilst repeating himself in whispers it loses you along the way. Cliched boredom.
  • Apr 28, 2020
    Smart rookie at the FBI comes up with a new method to catch bad guys. No one believes him until his methods are starting to work. When you phrase it like this, it isn't very original (like Mindhunters, which is also on Netflix). However, the dialogues are interesting. You can understand parts of the bad guy's philosophy (not his actions) which made me binge watch this series.
  • Apr 26, 2020
    Based on true events, we are told at the beginning of every episode. The Unabomber was named Ted Kaczynski. He was a bipedal mammal, as were the FBI agents hunting him. Beyond that, I am completely unsure of anything else portrayed in this docudrama. The main character, Agent Fitzgerald, wasn't even in many of the places the show puts him in. That's just the beginning of the factual dissonance within. The writers, in so many words, say Fitzgerald is composited and other liberties taken a because we are too stupid or lazy to have been interested in the actual story. I, for one, would have been more interested in a truthful telling of the story, instead of this dramatized whatever it is. If Discovery ever puts their hack squad to work on the Apollo 13 story there will be one composite astronaut aboard, a love story subplot and it will involve Mars, not the Moon. I really feel cheated out of the time I did spend watching this before the hamfisted dramatization efforts became so glaringly obvious to me that I had to do a little research online to see if I was being fed a load. Bingo. After just a few minutes I came to the conclusion that I could count on EVERY dramatic moment leading up to UNABOMs arrest being made from whole cloth. Shame on you Discovery.
  • Mar 18, 2020
    Sporadically hits high notes, but fails to sustain them over the course of the enitre runtime; much of the narrative surrounding Worthington feels overstretched, which is often unjustified as these segments often take the most liberties with historical fact. Treats the subject of one of the most bizarre, politically pointed, and engrossing criminals in American history with a degree of candor and depth that few other productions have matched.

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