United Artists | Release Date: October 24, 1962 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
94
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Universal acclaim based on 20 Critics
Positive:
19
Mixed:
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100
It may be the most sophisticated political satire ever made in Hollywood. (As quoted by Roger Ebert)
100
This is an oddball classic that leaves you weak with pleasure. [11 Mar 1988]
100
The Manchurian Candidate proves that its fascination is intact. [12 Jan 1998, p.C1; Re-Release]
91
This gonzo satiric thriller is a riveting portrait of early-60's paranoia. [15 Nov 1996, p.82]
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]
88
It seems a small miracle that The Manchurian Candidate is able to maintain its mad balancing act as long as it does. That the film slips near the end is a sign of how very hard it is. [11 Mar 1988, p.A]
88
Rarely do you see first-rate melodrama welded to first-rate political satire. [13 May 1988, p.D5]