The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Synopsis
A Korean War hero's commanding officer discovers he and his platoon were brainwashed.
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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...
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100

Variety

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One of the wildest fabrications any author has ever tried to palm off on a gullible public. But the fascinating thing is that, from...
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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

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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,...
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70

Film Threat

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Complaints? Sure, I had a few: The liberal use of insta-sweat whenever the character in question is experiencing tension, Harvey's...
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Mandchurian candidate

By luc etienne
Great film with wonderful actor. Special mention to Frank Sinatra...

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Rated NR