Manhunter Synopsis
An Ex-FBI sleuth (William L. Petersen) psychs out a ritual killer.
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Salon.com

The best Hannibal Lecter movie and one of the greatest suspense movies ever made... A lurid masterpiece that pays homage to the...
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90

Film Threat

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As with all of Mann's films, Manhunter is an intense experience. All of the actors, including even legendary goofball Chris Elliott, give...
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90

The A.V. Club

By Keith Phipps
Mann takes all the instincts he learned as a Miami Vice producer and trims them of their excesses, and the result is an unsettling thriller...
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
William L. Petersen (''To Live and Die in L.A.”) gives another mesmerizing, seeming nonperformance as the brilliant agent on the trail...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

The brilliance of Michael Mann's Manhunter is that it appreciates that the true nexus of humanity is our shared closeness.
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80

TV Guide

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Petersen is superb as the obsessive investigator who risks madness each time he takes on a case, and Tom Noonan is absolutely chilling as...
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70

Chicago Reader

I'm rather intrigued with what Mann does with his stylistic envelope: it's simultaneously hypnotic and enervating, meditative and empty,...
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70

Variety

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An unpleasantly gripping thriller... Interesting Hitchcockian guilt transference territory and Mann's grip on his material is tight and...
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50

Los Angeles Times

By Sheila Benson
With Manhunter, there seems to be some danger that style has overrun content, leaving behind a vast, chic, well-cast wasteland. [15 Aug...
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

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Without a compelling - and convincingly compelled - character at its center, the details in this film lack an agonizing drop-by-drop...
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GREAT MOVIE - LOVE TOM NOONAN'S PORTRAYAL

By Tigresmoon
I LOVE THIS MOVIE. I WAS HELD IN AWE OF THE ACTOR TOM NOONAN WHO PLAYED THE "TOOTH FAIRY". EVEN THOUGH IT SEEMED TO ME TO BE A SMALLER PART, TOM NOONAN'S ABILITY TO EXPRESS DEEP MULTIPLE EMOTIONS...

MANHUNTER

By millsy
ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS MOVIE.WM PETERSON WAS BRILLIANT. GREAT SCRIPT,VERY DRAMATIC THRUOUT. I WAS ON THE EDGE OF SEAT THE ENTIRE MOVIE. WELL DEVELOPED CHAR WITH ONE OF MY FAV SONGS AS THE SOUNDTRACK....

Take a trip back to the 80's!

By Bluesnaggletooth
'Manhunter' is a very stylish thriller from 1986 which was based on the novel, "Red Dragon". This is a very addictive film with a very cool 80's soundtrack. William Petersen is amazing as the FBI...

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