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100
Premiere
Demme here shows off both the mastery of suspense that made "The Silence of the Lambs" a classic, and the humane understanding and appreciation of character that not just deepens but energizes this film.
90
Wall Street Journal
Shrewdly reconceived, powerfully acted and hugely entertaining.
88
New York Daily News
The performance of the movie is Liev Schreiber as Shaw, a man howlingly uncomfortable in his own skin.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
The updated classic is a chiller of a political thriller in its own right.
75
This riveting film is marred by compromises -- such as a switch of assassins to create an unpersuasive upbeat ending -- that keep it in the shadow of its predecessor.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
[Streep] isa pleasure to watch -- and to marvel at -- every second she's onscreen.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
Sure, there are holes in The Manchurian Candidate, and tenuous coincidences and too-convenient plot devices. But Washington, Schreiber, Streep and company - and Demme - have managed to make all the malevolent machinations seem relevant again.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
Streep wisely goes for oblique humor rather than straight-ahead villainy, making the character different and yet just as loathsome.
75
Chicago Tribune
Demme's movie is just as sophisticated and knowing as Frankenheimer's, but it isn't as hip or daring. It doesn't haunt your mind or stir your sense of dread the way the '62 movie did--and it lacks almost totally the earlier film's piercing, oddball satire and humor.
67
Entertainment Weekly
What this Manchurian Candidate for a new generation makes up for in timing, it lacks in discipline and edge.
63
A case of smart and talented people trying to jam a Cold War square into a Gulf War circle. You can feel the chafing, to say nothing of the burden this capably crafted shrug has taken on.

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