A troubled Gulf War veteran (Denzel Washington) becomes suspicious after a powerful senator's (Meryl Streep) son (Liev Schreiber) becomes a candidate for vice president.
" This one plays more like a contemporary techno-thriller with ultra-clammy '70s conspiracy thriller overtones, and Demme milks the atmosphere of pervasive, sleep-deprived dread beautifully. "
" A picture that purports to have a galvanizing, liberal-minded theme (big business is taking over our country and our lives) but is really just ploddingly pedestrian. "
" In movie heaven, the original is still the one for all time. Still, this update is remarkable for its performances, resolve and timeliness, and could well revive the snoozing political-thriller genre. "
" An even more powerful comment on its time than the movie on which it's based. "
" The first version was acidulous and brazenly absurd; this one is doggedly, wretchedly earnest. "
" Beautifully made and unsurpassingly creepy, it's the rare remake with something contemporary to add. "
" A stylish hoot: entertainingly edgy and ludicrous all at once. "
" [A] wild ride that never, never commits the crime of being dull. "
" Demme serves the picture completely. "
" It shunts through the material, doing some interesting synthesizing, some genetic recombining, but it all adds up to something less powerful and interesting than the original. "
" Given a story with meat and purpose and importance, Demme delivers a masterfully cast and smartly constructed film of devastating effectiveness. "
" Demme's variation on Condon's work emerges as little more than a craftsmanlike film with occasional flashes of intelligence and brilliance. "
" Following a dozen years of docs, light comedy, and p.c. weepies, Candidate represents Demme's best dramatic filmmaking since The Silence of the Lambs. "
" Still works as a scary thriller, and if this version no longer seems absurdly impossible -- well, that's scarier still. "
" While Demme's Manchurian Candidate may be unnecessary, it's a worthy homage to the original; lacking the first film's spark but containing smarts of its own. "
" The remake shakes down as a conventionally plotted thriller. It's the performances that make it exceptional. "
" Far from a disgrace, but it's not freewheeling enough, not strange enough to make sense of our gathering dread. "
" Happily, this extremely timely entertainment matches, even perhaps surpasses its predecessor. "
" Strikes me as a very artful cover -- about the cleverest imaginable transliteration of the story from its historical moment to ours. "
" A case of smart and talented people trying to jam a Cold War square into a Gulf War circle. "
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