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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    This riveting film is marred by compromises -- such as a switch of assassins to create an unpersuasive upbeat ending -- that keep it in the shadow of its predecessor. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    [Streep] isa pleasure to watch -- and to marvel at -- every second she's onscreen. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    A case of smart and talented people trying to jam a Cold War square into a Gulf War circle. You can feel the chafing, to say nothing of the burden this capably crafted shrug has taken on. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Shrewdly reconceived, powerfully acted and hugely entertaining. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Sure, there are holes in The Manchurian Candidate, and tenuous coincidences and too-convenient plot devices. But Washington, Schreiber, Streep and company - and Demme - have managed to make all the malevolent machinations seem relevant again. show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    The performance of the movie is Liev Schreiber as Shaw, a man howlingly uncomfortable in his own skin. show more

  • 80
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    The updated classic is a chiller of a political thriller in its own right. show more

  • 100
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    Demme here shows off both the mastery of suspense that made "The Silence of the Lambs" a classic, and the humane understanding and appreciation of character that not just deepens but energizes this film. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Streep wisely goes for oblique humor rather than straight-ahead villainy, making the character different and yet just as loathsome. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Demme's movie is just as sophisticated and knowing as Frankenheimer's, but it isn't as hip or daring. It doesn't haunt your mind or stir your sense of dread the way the '62 movie did--and it lacks almost totally the earlier film's piercing, oddball satire and humor. show more

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