The Manchurian Candidate
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 21, 2004
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Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
81%
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User Score
63%



Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While not the classic its predecessor is, this update is well-acted and conjures a chilling resonance.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Happily, this extremely timely entertainment matches, even perhaps surpasses its predecessor.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Far from a disgrace, but it's not freewheeling enough, not strange enough to make sense of our gathering dread.

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Film4

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.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Demme serves the picture completely.

David Edelstein
Slate

Beautifully made and unsurpassingly creepy, it's the rare remake with something contemporary to add.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Sleek remake is more violent than original.

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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader

Strikes me as a very artful cover -- about the cleverest imaginable transliteration of the story from its historical moment to ours.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

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.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
A superbly acted and skillfully scripted story. Denzel, as always is terrific, but the big surprise is Liev Schreiber's awesome performance as a confused… More
Jens S.
This political conspiracy thriller takes a while to take off, starting out a bit confusing. The sometimes odd camera work, that gives off the vibe of dream-like… More
Alex roy
The Manchurian Candidate for me is an average thriller that works well enough because of a good cast. I enjoyed the film, but did feel it lacked something to… More
Lenny Muggsy
You are a jelly doughnut. Meryl Streep was quite creepy. Need to watch the original so I can beef/salad up this review.
Jim Careter
The Manchurian Candidate was a good movie to me, despite what all these other people say. Its about a man who starts to suspect from his dreams tha him and his… More
Drew Smith
Inevitably dragged to the chopping block for being (gasp!) a remake of a deservedly classic thriller, Jonathan Demme's take on The Manchurian Candidate is… More