Manhunter (1986)

This stylish psychological thriller was adapted by Michael Mann from the novel by Thomas Harris. Will Graham (William Petersen) is a burned-out FBI agent who retired after hunting and capturing Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Brian Cox), a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 15, 1986
DVD 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.

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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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Cox's Hannibal is a masterclass in moderation.

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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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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Innovatively shot by ace cinematographer Dante Spinotti, this contains at least two bravura sequences that still stand out.

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Rob Gonsalves

Eminently worthy and stylish.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Working better as an interesting procedural in the way it leads us through a criminal investigation, this film is however less efficient as a character study… 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
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
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