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Candy (2005)

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49

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 74
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 38

Stars Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish look better than they should as heroin addicts, and their characters are too absorbed and self-pitying to be totally compelling.

58

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 11

Stars Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish look better than they should as heroin addicts, and their characters are too absorbed and self-pitying to be totally compelling.

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A free-spirited art student and a roguish poet find their addiction to each other taking a back seat to their taste for heroin in director Neil Armfield's intensely personal tale of recreational drug use gone bad. When Candy (Abbie Cornish) and Dan (Heath Ledger) first fell in love, they both thought they had found all they ever needed in life. Despite financial hardships, the pair sustained themselves on the vibrant life force that burned blindingly bright as it promised an invincible future.

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Drama, Romance

Neil Armfield, Luke Davies

Mar 27, 2007

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All Critics (79) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (38) | DVD (17)

Undeniably affecting.

January 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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There's no moment that truly feels original until Candy's climactic breakdown at the end of the movie. By then, it's too late.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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For all its depiction of a descent into drug addiction, Candy is filled with surprisingly sweet moments and goes down more easily than seems possible given the subject matter.

December 15, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Both actors are immensely impressive, so perversely appealing that you want them to survive their addiction and keep on with their terrific performances.

December 14, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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There's a formula here, and it's not the liquid being shot into popping veins.

December 1, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer
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...Because we never had a strong handle on who all these people were at the beginning, it's difficult to care about whether they're capable of redemption in the end.

December 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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Davies has no new insights into the heroin spiral, but this silly melodrama benefits from the palpable chemistry between Ledger and Cornish

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

... Candy is a rewarding experience. It may not be one that you will want to return to any time soon, but it is one that you will not soon forget.

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: DVD Review
DVD Review

Without real characters or a fresh take on drug addiction, Candy has little to recommend it for anyone who's seen The Basketball Diaries or Requiem for a Dream.

February 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The performances are good, but it would be hard to recommend this to anyone unless you have a lovely daughter who's dating a sleaze-bag and you want her to watch it as a deterrent.

January 19, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Hands up if you don't know that drugs are bad for you.

January 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

... it feels more like something out of American cinema from the late 1960s or early 70s [and] may say more about the state of Australian film than anything else.

January 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Murphy's Movie Reviews

"Candy" won't make anyone forget "Trainspotting" (1996) or "Requiem for a Dream" (2000), but nor will "Candy" let those who see it soon forget the experience.

January 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

The question is whether "Candy" is intended to be an honest and unflinching look at the junkie life, or merely trying to top "Trainspotting" and its ilk.

January 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Comment (1)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Those with the stomach for searing drama will recognise superior writing, direction and acting in one of the most heartbreaking films of the year.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Here's a prime candidate for your 'Films to miss' list.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Candy is pretty much the standard, downbeat, drug-addicts-in-love tale we've seen repeatedly over the years.

December 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It's not entertainment by any means, but it is riveting and rewarding viewing.

December 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Think of this warts-and-all misadventure as the cinematic equivalent of a 'Just Say No' public service announcement.

December 27, 2006 Full Review Source: BlackFilm.com
BlackFilm.com

A dispiriting, predictable slog toward either (a) redemption or (b) death.

December 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

[T]here's a lot of cinematic pleasure to be had in Heath Ledger's thoroughly un-self-conscious performance...

December 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Drug addiction is bad. Given the universal consensus on this topic, anyone making a movie about it needs to come up with a fresh approach.

December 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

...Our time with Candy and Dan, though tediously long, feels superficial.

December 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times

Audience Reviews for Candy

Aside from the Dark Knight, Hard Candy is one of Heath Ledger's strongest performances. This is an eccentric picture that tells an engaging story about addiction. Brilliantly acted and directed, Hard Candy is a fine picture that showcases Ledger's talents perfectly. The story is well constructed and it is a film that is hard to forget. With effective performances, this is a must see for any film lover who enjoys a powerful film that delivers an entertaining drama. The direction is very well done, and overall I really enjoyed the film despite the fact that in some areas, the film could have been better. However, Ledger's performance keeps things together and like I said, he does some terrific work here. I really thought that this was one of his best performances right up until his final role as the Joker. This is a raw, gritty in your face portrayal of addiction, and it shows us the costs of using. This is a film that is hard to get into due to its subject, but it is nonetheless a roller coaster ride into madness that you won't forget. In terms of a drama, Candy is one of those films that doesn't shy away from its subject that it displays on-screen. The cast keep you involved and it is a film well worth seeing. I thought the film was well made, but it is not a film that warrants multiple viewings, and it will stick with you for a while long after you've seen it. Candy has its imperfections, but its strengths lie within its subject matter and its raw, intense delivery of its performances from the cast.
October 9, 2013
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A pretty emotional flick. This film took me downhill with them and I couldn't stand the hopelessness.

It's a terrific drama and I love these ones that are able to extract your feelings.

I felt this was also educational in a way because now I'm aware of the impact that drugs can have.
July 17, 2010
EightThirty

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Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish star as two twentysomething heroine addicts in Australian director Neil Armfield's Candy, the story of how drugs affect the couple love and lives. Cornish plays the title character who has fallen for the poet Dan and also proceeds to fall into the drug induced haze that Dan has slipped into. Ledger is amazing as Dan, the drug addict who doesn't know how to do anything except write poems and score smack. Geoffrey Rush also graces us once again playing Dan's father figure Casper, a drug creating organic chemist who looks after the pair in a weird way.
Candy gracefully tells the story of how this pair fell in and out of love with eachother and how drugs were always the underlying theme throughout their relationship. They seem unable to function without the fix almost as if heroine is the glue that holds them together. A depressing view, yet not to the point of being preachy. This film would probably work better than many of the Just Say No ads that have ran for the last 20 years. Begging, mooching, stealing, and hooking are all ways of life for the pair as they go through their young lives in a daze. A sad, thought provoking look that deserves some attention.
August 14, 2008
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