The Manchurian Candidate Synopsis
A Gulf War vet (Denzel Washington) is suspicious of a political candidate (Liev Schreiber).
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Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
Demme here shows off both the mastery of suspense that made "The Silence of the Lambs" a classic, and the humane understanding and...
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Shrewdly reconceived, powerfully acted and hugely entertaining.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The performance of the movie is Liev Schreiber as Shaw, a man howlingly uncomfortable in his own skin.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
The updated classic is a chiller of a political thriller in its own right.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This riveting film is marred by compromises -- such as a switch of assassins to create an unpersuasive upbeat ending -- that keep it in the...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Sure, there are holes in The Manchurian Candidate, and tenuous coincidences and too-convenient plot devices. But Washington, Schreiber,...
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The first "Candidate" was inspired pop art, a two-dimensional coloring book about 1962 America's subterranean political fears. Demme's film...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
[Streep] isa pleasure to watch -- and to marvel at -- every second she's onscreen.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
What this Manchurian Candidate for a new generation makes up for in timing, it lacks in discipline and edge.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
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...
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Rated R | For Violence and Some Language
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