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The Manchurian Candidate

(1962)
PG-13 In Theaters 10/24/1962 , 126min.
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94%
Critic score based on 14 reviews

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Variety
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. Full Review
Bosley Crowther
The New York Times
The film is so artfully contrived, the plot so interestingly started, the dialogue so racy and sharp, and John Frankenheimer's direction so exciting in the style of Orson Welles when he was making Citizen Kane and other pictures that the fascination of it is strong. So many fine cinematic touches and action details pop up that one keeps wishing the subject would develop into something more than it does. Full Review
David Everitt
Entertainment Weekly
This gonzo satiric thriller is a riveting portrait of early-60's paranoia. [15 Nov 1996, p.82] Full Review
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
Manchurian, with its fatalistic, dreamlike quality, comprises two of [Frankenheimer's] finest hours. [Re-release] Full Review
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
An exceedingly loopy satire of the entire American political circus, and could be viewed as offensive to the sensitive-souled in either camp. And time hasn't in the least softened its bite. [Re-release] Full Review

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