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3.7
1,984 Ratings

Manhunter

Directed by Michael Mann
United States, 1986
Crime, Thriller

Synopsis

Former FBI profiler Will Graham returns to service to pursue a deranged serial murderer named “the Tooth Fairy” by the media.

Manhunter Directed by Michael Mann

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  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Manhunter

    Some obtrusive rock songs, but a mesmerizing, moody film. Mann's direction lingers on details, creating an atmosphere and giving all central character's dimension: Petersen subtly plays his character's inner turmoil to create a profound sense of anguish of past demons, while Noonan is a soft-spoken, lonely killer, and Cox is Hannibal sans Hopkins dark humor: more ice cold, less playful, but just as sinister.

  • Dominic Simard-Jean's rating of the film Manhunter

    The sheer beauty of the cinematography, especially in its superb color palettte (the opening sequence with the ocean and the moon lit room), combined with fantastic editing are enough to make this a grand piece of art. But a thrilling story, backed with amazing music (In A Gadda Vidda!), a spot on creepy atmosphere all throughout and an inspired performance by Petersen make this one of the best film I've seen.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Manhunter

    The work of a technological fetishist seen 30 years later, and an earnest, basic prototype for a whole subgenre that would get massively played out over the next decade or two. But it retains a formal beauty and thrill beyond mere nostalgia. Happy realization: Mann is skilled not just with style, but subtext. Frightening realization: the psycho loner serial killer's apartment is more furnished than mine is.

  • Warren Spratley's rating of the film Manhunter

    Masterpiece. All about seeing, about its centrality to our intellectual and sensorial relationships to ourselves and the world. Mann almost resembles Straub at times here in his presentation of myth, his compositions, and in the way his actors pose, betray their emotionality through theatricalization, self-reflect, and endeavor to hit at something sacred. Compression vs. clarity. It's not perfect, but who cares?

  • robertsandu's rating of the film Manhunter

    I admire the way Mann deals with his characters. He is not judgmental, nor patronising with them. He finds the human part even in the most gruessome of killers. It's easy to portray a serial murderer as merely a monster. It's a lot harder to do what Mann just did with Francis.

  • Malkin's rating of the film Manhunter

    The moment when Graham stands over Dollarhyde and points his gun at a corpse. We play out the same scene enough times, we convince ourselves it's a reality. What's the tableau here? A victory over evil, over the demons within? Or is it power? Is it having someone helpless at his hands, someone that he's allowed to kill? The happy ending that follows is hollow artificial. Let the demons in and they don't just go away.

  • Pierluigi Puccini's rating of the film Manhunter

    William Petersen carries the film with a brave and ambivalent portrayal of a disturbed detective obsessed with the psychopath he must catch . Mann's atmospheric storytelling helps to feel the heat, anguish and horror in the minds of the duellists. The sinister Tom Noonan is the counterpart of the deadly game,

  • Zach Closs's rating of the film Manhunter

    A towering achievement for Mann and a template for his later works. "Manhunter" is so rich (stylistically and emotionally) in its rain-soaked, cathartic, violent journey of self-discovery -- and, credit where it's due to Mr. Hopkins -- Brian Cox is one hell of a Hannibal Lector.

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