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7.4
/10
2,502 Ratings

Manhunter

Directed by Michael Mann
United States, 1986
Crime, Thriller

Synopsis

FBI criminal profiler Will Graham is called out of early retirement to assist on a deadly case involving a murderer known as the “Tooth Fairy”. After enlisting the help of imprisoned serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecktor, Graham and the FBI are soon entangled in a menacing cat-and-mouse game…

Our take

From the master American filmmaker Michael Mann, Manhunter is a truly experiential foray into two opposing minds. Belying its 80s neon hues and (welcome!) pop music cues, the film grows into a complexly woven inquiry into the origins of serial murder and its amorphous relation with domesticity.

Manhunter Directed by Michael Mann
Michael Mann’s first true masterpiece, the film where he successfully balances a hugely emotional story with bold use of his trademark style.
October 04, 2018
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It’s Mann’s most perfect film, a cold, gleaming diamond that combines the highest craftsmanship possible with a genuine beating heart. In an airtight two hours, Mann propels the film through the exacting investigation to reveal the humanity that resides in both good and evil.
October 19, 2016
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Mann’s focus is so esoteric that he slowly turns the garish thriller into a kind of poetry. Slow motion is frequently employed, though the director uses it less to call attention to any detail than for its musical cadence… Mann finds in [some] moments a bold form of character expression, prefiguring an entire career of revealing psychological depth in pulp terms.
May 25, 2016
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