The film bogs down into ordinariness after its fast start when the myth is literally acted out and all sense of movie magic gets washed down the toilet.
| Original Score: B-
Candyman is atmospheric and visually stimulating enough to satisfy gore-hounds as well as being an intelligent social commentary.
Candyman is an uppper-register horror item that delivers the requisite shocks and gore but doesn't cheat or cop out.
Serious, straightforward cinematic terror is always hard to come by, but this literate shocker ranks among the best horror movies of the '90s.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
One of the best sustained horror movies for some years.
| Original Score: 3/5
The enduring resonance of Candyman, adapted and directed by Bernard Rose, has to do with its respect for and investment in specific and real events.
One of the best of the end-of-the-eighties/start-of-the-nineties body mortification films.
The Candyman is a svelte, sexual monument, far removed from the silent brutality of your average serial slasher.
| Original Score: 3/4
Very clever, well-made and unpredictable.
| Original Score: 5/5
| Original Score: 4/5
The film's spooky atmosphere is accentuated by Anthony B. Richmond's cinematography and Philip Glass's score.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A by-the-numbers boogeyman thriller, spiced up by an intriguing concept and Tony Todd's sad-eyed title character.
A nicely gory urban legend thriller.
A good, bloody horror film about urban legends from a Clive Barker story.
It has more than a few surprises packed up its sleeve, alongside the sharp, disemboweling metal hook.