Jerri may be a freshman here, but Sedaris, grotesque and fearless, is already lowbrow homecoming queen
The movie never makes good on its promise of unbridled humor, but nonetheless connects with enough stabs of parody to keep it mildly entertaining.
| Original Score: C+
A bizarre mixture of streetwise raunch and starry-eyed ingenuousness.
| Original Score: 3/5
What separates Strangers with Candy from other high school comedies, or from most mainstream comedies in general, is the cast's total dedication to their parts.
There's nothing sweet about this very strange character, Jerri, but you still can't wait to see what outrageous thing she'll do next.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
After a bracingly funny beginning, the film gets bogged down in silly plot permutations and repetitive humor, which was more effective in half-hour television doses.
[R]eplicate[s] in a raunchy cartoon how the chaos of our experience correlates more than we may care to admit to the chaos of our personalities.
In spite of its demented flavor, the movie surprisingly doesn't push the envelope the way the series did.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It roars along with reckless abandon, skewering everything in its path.
| Original Score: B
... for the most part is not particularly funny.
| Original Score: C-
Amy Sedaris suits up as everyone's favorite former-prostitute/drug addict-turned-high school student in the long-awaited--and quite funny--big-screen version of the cult TV series.
| Original Score: 3/4
Clever and undeniably peculiar, Strangers with Candy suffers from both a complete lack of focus and a terminal case of self-satisfaction.
Connoisseurs of the show likely relish the induced awkwardness and off-kilter rhythms of the piece; a good part of its appeal was the blank and baffled looks it induced in the uninitiated.
| Original Score: 79/100
A raunchy, subversive little satire about unlikely redemption.
Walks a fine line of comedic self-awareness, and only on occasion loses us in a haze of condescending wit.
| Original Score: 3/4
Colbert steals scenes as Chuck Noblet . . . The cracked, sordid style of Strangers with Candy half-bewilders and half-appalls you into laughing.
Whether you guffaw, giggle or sit stone-faced through Strangers With Candy will depend on your reaction to Sedaris as Jerri and her freak show of over-the-top bad taste.
This plays like a 'Season One' DVD, silly moments interspersed with lots of dull plot and lame high-school send-up situations.
Like the classic comedies of Chaplin, Hawks and Woody Allen, Strangers With Candy is more than just a good subjective comedy -- it's a great objective film.
| Original Score: 4/5
[T]here's demented, and then there's the plain sick and twisted tastlessness and hilarious audacity of this afterschool special gone horribly, wonderfully wrong.