The Manchurian Candidate
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A psychological thriller in which a career soldier, Army Major Bennett Marco, grows suspicious about his experiences in Desert Storm after Squad Sergeant Raymond Shaw, son of the powerful Senator Eleanor Shaw, becomes a candidate for Vice President.
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© Paramount Pictures

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Happily, this extremely timely entertainment matches, even perhaps surpasses its predecessor."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Far from a disgrace, but it's not freewheeling enough, not strange enough to make sense of our gathering dread."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"If it isn't the original's equal, The Manchurian Candidate conjures up an air of menace sufficient to make most modern thrillers look like romantic comedies."
‑ , Film4
"A rather decent imitation in the end with political subtext and very good performances."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The original film worked also as delicious satire, where this wannabe cousin to Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 ignites unintentional laughs."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"Demme serves the picture completely."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Beautifully made and unsurpassingly creepy, it's the rare remake with something contemporary to add."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Sleek remake is more violent than original."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"It is as shocking now as it was forty years ago, but nothing in the 2004 version approaches that level of intensity, intelligence, or audacity."
‑ Gregory Freitas,
" above-average contemporary remake..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Strikes me as a very artful cover -- about the cleverest imaginable transliteration of the story from its historical moment to ours."
‑ Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader
"Following a dozen years of docs, light comedy, and p.c. weepies, Candidate represents Demme's best dramatic filmmaking since The Silence of the Lambs."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"This humorless and nonsensical update of The Manchurian Candidate - a total misread of Frankenheimer's classic original - never quite engages, devolving the original's camp and satire into self-serious melodrama."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Demme's direction is as punctilious as it was in Silence of the Lambs, careful with details and craftsmanlike with storytelling -- although we do have to work a bit to stay on top of things."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Demme's filmmaking has lost none of its jazz."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
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