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Based on 14 Reviews
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  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Here is a movie that was made more than 25 years ago, and it feels as if it were made yesterday. Not a moment of The Manchurian Candidate lacks edge and tension and a cynical spin. [Re-release] show more

  • 100
    Kim Newman Empire

    A dazzling spy thriller that’s still amazing. show more

  • 90
    TV Guide

    But it is Angela Lansbury's incestuous, power-mad mother who makes your blood run cold. This was the peak of the first part of her career, which depended upon these hardbitten kind of characters. Forget Hitchcock--here's the monster mother of all time. show more

  • 70
    Film Threat

    Complaints? Sure, I had a few: The liberal use of insta-sweat whenever the character in question is experiencing tension, Harvey's aforementioned accent, one over-used shot composition that places the action at a great distance with a giant-headed supporting actor in the extreme foreground. [Re-release] show more

  • 100
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Angela Lansbury's frighteningly in-check performance is alone worth the trip. show more

  • 91
    Entertainment Weekly

    This gonzo satiric thriller is a riveting portrait of early-60's paranoia. [15 Nov 1996, p.82] show more

  • 100
    Sheila Benson Los Angeles Times

    The Manchurian Candidate proves that its fascination is intact. [12 Jan 1998, p.C1; Re-Release] show more

  • 100

    One of the wildest fabrications any author has ever tried to palm off on a gullible public. But the fascinating thing is that, from uncertain premise to shattering conclusion, one does not question plausibility of the events being rooted in their own cinematic reality. show more

  • 100
    Desson Thomson Washington Post

    Manchurian, with its fatalistic, dreamlike quality, comprises two of [Frankenheimer's] finest hours. [Re-release] show more

  • 100
    Pauline Kael The New Yorker

    It may be the most sophisticated political satire ever made in Hollywood. (As quoted by Roger Ebert) show more

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