Davies has no new insights into the heroin spiral, but this silly melodrama benefits from the palpable chemistry between Ledger and Cornish
| Original Score: C
... 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.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
| Original Score: 3/4
Hands up if you don't know that drugs are bad for you.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
... 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.
"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.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Those with the stomach for searing drama will recognise superior writing, direction and acting in one of the most heartbreaking films of the year.
| Original Score: 4/5
Here's a prime candidate for your 'Films to miss' list.
Candy is pretty much the standard, downbeat, drug-addicts-in-love tale we've seen repeatedly over the years.
| Original Score: 2/4
It's not entertainment by any means, but it is riveting and rewarding viewing.
Think of this warts-and-all misadventure as the cinematic equivalent of a 'Just Say No' public service announcement.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A dispiriting, predictable slog toward either (a) redemption or (b) death.
[T]here's a lot of cinematic pleasure to be had in Heath Ledger's thoroughly un-self-conscious performance...
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.
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.
...Our time with Candy and Dan, though tediously long, feels superficial.
| Original Score: C-