The Manchurian Candidate
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An unusually tense and intelligent political thriller, The Manchurian Candidate was a film far ahead of its time. Its themes of thought control, political assassination, and multinational conspiracy were hardly common currency in 1962, and while its outlook is sometimes informed by Cold War paranoia, the film seemed nearly as timely when it was reissued in 1987 as it did on its original release. It opens with a group of soldiers whooping it up in a bar in Korea as their commander, Sgt. Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey), arrives to inform them that they're back on duty. These men obviously… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

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"powerful experience, alternately corrosive with dark parodic humor, suspenseful, moving, and terrifying."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The Manchurian Candidate pops up with a rash supposition that could serve to scare some viewers half to death -- that is, if they should be dupes enough to believe it, which we solemnly trust they won't."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Classic Cold War satirical thriller stands test of time."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"This aunting film noir, easily John Frankenheimer's best film, is satisfying on any level, narrative, visual, ideological, and acting."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"a benchmark of the United States' coming of age in the 1960s"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Every once in a rare while a film comes along that works in all departments, with story, production and performance so well blended that the end effect is one of nearly complete satisfaction. Such is The Manchurian Candidate."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Has an excoriating, destabilizing wit that seems as knowingly sophisticated today as it must have then."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"[VIDEO ESSAY] John Frankenheimer directs with a distinctive complexity of visual depth and a surreal tone of lurking menace."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"With spry editing and camerawork, [Frankenheimer] fuses together a documentary-like realism and more expressive stylizations to create a hybrid thriller-satire"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Among a strong cast, Lansbury is wonderfully wicked as Shaw's despicable mother."
‑ , Film4
"A masterpiece."
‑ , Time Out
"Not a moment of The Manchurian Candidate lacks edge and tension and a cynical spin."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Set the standard for cinematic paranoid thrillers and stands as the quintessential John Frankenheimer film. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Don't bother with Jonathan Demme's toothless 2004 remake; the rereleased classic cold war thriller from 1962 by John Frankenheimer packs a harder punch."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"...goes down the rabbit hole, though never too far to lose its satirical relevance to the insanity of real-world politics."
‑ Josh Larsen, Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
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