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100
Los Angeles Times
The Manchurian Candidate proves that its fascination is intact. [12 Jan 1998, p.C1; Re-Release]
100
Chicago Sun-Times
Here is a movie that was made more than 25 years ago, and it feels as if it were made yesterday. Not a moment of The Manchurian Candidate lacks edge and tension and a cynical spin. [Re-release]
100
Manchurian, with its fatalistic, dreamlike quality, comprises two of [Frankenheimer's] finest hours. [Re-release]
100
Empire
A dazzling spy thriller that's still amazing.
100
Angela Lansbury's frighteningly in-check performance is alone worth the trip.
100
One of the wildest fabrications any author has ever tried to palm off on a gullible public. But the fascinating thing is that, from uncertain premise to shattering conclusion, one does not question plausibility of the events being rooted in their own cinematic reality.
100
The New Yorker
It may be the most sophisticated political satire ever made in Hollywood. (As quoted by Roger Ebert)
91
Entertainment Weekly
This gonzo satiric thriller is a riveting portrait of early-60's paranoia. [15 Nov 1996, p.82]
90
But it is Angela Lansbury's incestuous, power-mad mother who makes your blood run cold. This was the peak of the first part of her career, which depended upon these hardbitten kind of characters. Forget Hitchcock--here's the monster mother of all time.
70
Complaints? Sure, I had a few: The liberal use of insta-sweat whenever the character in question is experiencing tension, Harvey's aforementioned accent, one over-used shot composition that places the action at a great distance with a giant-headed supporting actor in the extreme foreground. [Re-release]

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