The Manchurian Candidate

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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 60 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 52 out of 60
  2. Negative: 4 out of 60

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Metascore
94

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: Pauline Kael
    100
    It may be the most sophisticated political satire ever made in Hollywood. (As quoted by Roger Ebert)
  2. The film is so artfully contrived, the plot so interestingly started, the dialogue so racy and sharp, and John Frankenheimer's direction so exciting in the style of Orson Welles when he was making Citizen Kane and other pictures that the fascination of it is strong. So many fine cinematic touches and action details pop up that one keeps wishing the subject would develop into something more than it does.
  3. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    The performances are daring and assured, especially Lansbury's holy terror of Momism and Harvey's snide, pathetic pawn, brainwashed by both KGB AND CIA. [21 March 1988, p.84]