100

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Angela Lansbury's frighteningly in-check performance is alone worth the trip.
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100

Empire

By Kim Newman
A dazzling spy thriller that’s still amazing.
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100

The New Yorker

By Pauline Kael
It may be the most sophisticated political satire ever made in Hollywood. (As quoted by Roger Ebert)
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100

Washington Post

By Desson Thomson
Manchurian, with its fatalistic, dreamlike quality, comprises two of [Frankenheimer's] finest hours. [Re-release]
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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]
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100

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.
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100

Los Angeles Times

By Sheila Benson
The Manchurian Candidate proves that its fascination is intact. [12 Jan 1998, p.C1; Re-Release]
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91

Entertainment Weekly

This gonzo satiric thriller is a riveting portrait of early-60's paranoia. [15 Nov 1996, p.82]
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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.
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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]
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94 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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