Manhunter (1986)

Manhunter, a rough precursor to Silence of the Lambs (which was also based on a novel by Thomas Harris), follows an FBI agent (William Petersen) who brings maniacal killers to justice by duplicating their mindset. The agent's last case,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 30, 2001
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Edelstein

Manhunter ushered in the age of empathy for the devil.

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Walter Goodman
New York Times

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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

At the very worst an intriguing misfire, and often much better than that.

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

I'm intrigued by that stylistic envelope: simultaneously hypnotic and enervating, meditative and empty.

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Michael Speier

An unpleasantly gripping thriller that rubs one's nose in a sick criminal mentality for two hours.

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Rob Gonsalves

Eminently worthy and stylish.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

One of the most impressive American thrillers of the late '80s.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Cox's Hannibal is a masterclass in moderation.

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Chuck O'Leary

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Cory Taylor
Granted the ensemble, award-winning cast of 'Red Dragon' squarely surpasses the B-list actors of this film and the neon-green font credits insinuate a… More
Chris Weber
This is the first film adaptation of one of Thomas Harris's Hannibal novels, as well as the only one (so far) to have a remake. This version of Red Dragon… More
Anthony Lawrie
Finally I get round to seeing Manhunter and thankfully all the good stuff I've heard is true. Manhunter represents the best of Michael Mann, the best of… More
Dan Schultz
Gripping story concerning a retired FBI agent (William L. Peterson) who is brought back for that dreaded "one last case", in which he is responsible… More
Pierluigi Puccini
William Petersen carries the film with a brave and ambivalent portrayal of a disturbed detective obsessed with the psychopath he must catch . Mann's… More
Lady D'arbanville
In most remake cases I would agree with the majority of people and say that originals are quite often the better version, this is one case I disagree and did… More