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Red Dragon, the Thomas Harris novel that introduced serial killer Hannibal Lecter to the world, was adapted for the screen by Michael Mann as Manhunter. Ace criminal profiler Will Graham (William Petersen) is very good at his job because he has the ability to make himself think like the killers he tracks. Will has been in retirement since catching Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter (Brian Cox), as being inside that particular deranged mind caused Will to have a breakdown. Will's boss Jack Crawford (Dennis Farina visits Will at his home, showing him pictures from a murder scene and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Manhunter ushered in the age of empathy for the devil."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"The movie drives along with such intensity for much of the time that you can just let it work on your senses without worrying about whether it makes sense."
‑ Walter Goodman, New York Times
"At the very worst an intriguing misfire, and often much better than that."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"gripping and creepy"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"One of the worst movies ever made. How do people think this is effective? It's so schmaltzy and sloppy and careless. No tension, no terror, and Hannibal does not put his feet up!"
‑ Fred Topel,
"I'm intrigued by that stylistic envelope: simultaneously hypnotic and enervating, meditative and empty."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"An unpleasantly gripping thriller that rubs one's nose in a sick criminal mentality for two hours."
‑ Michael Speier, Variety
"Eminently worthy and stylish."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Unlike Hannibal, [Mann is] able to balance style and substance with a late-night hearse pace."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"I was always expecting Don Johnson to pop up..."
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"One of the most impressive American thrillers of the late '80s."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Cox's Hannibal is a masterclass in moderation."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"While Manhunter is absorbing and sometimes tense, it's unfortunate that Mann dedided to direct the film with the stylistic overkill of his Miami Vice."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"A grim, stylish thriller."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A slick and glossy thriller that still stands out."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
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