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Hard Candy Reviews

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
July 8, 2006
While I couldn't recommend Hard Candy [rated R] for its easy entertainment value, it is worth seeing for how a relative newcomer like David Slade handles a high tension two hander.
June 24, 2006
A film that will have you both squirming in your seat and teetering on the edge of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
June 24, 2006
Smart, challenging and timely look at the world of internet grooming.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Kermode
Guardian
June 24, 2006
It's smart, funny, and surprisingly visually discreet. Some scenes may leave you doubled-up, but the overall effect is, as the saying goes, better than a kick in the balls.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Packaged in an increasingly lurid, credibility-free storyline, delivered with unstinting insensitivity by a first-time director determined to show off his ad-man's box of visual tics.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
June 17, 2006
[Hard Candy is] a stylishly directed thriller that's worth seeing for its intense performances, but there are too few surprises and the end result is disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 1, 2006
Harrowing psychological drama that pushes every conceivable button while pushing viewers over the edge... Candy is nasty through and through, and it leaves an acidic aftertaste.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 20, 2006
She's a tease with a whiff of fascist certainty in her summary judgments. It might be interesting to read what some post-feminists make of such a sleek action character.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
Luke Y. Thompson
LYTRules.com
May 19, 2006
Brian Nelson's script is tight, but a more ambiguous, evenhanded finale might have been more thought-provoking.
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
May 15, 2006
Those willing to subject themselves to it are in for [Ellen Page's] noteworthy performance and one of the most terrifying films to come down the pike in awhile.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 14, 2006
Hard to swallow provocative but exploitative jailbait revenge fantasy flick.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
May 12, 2006
This is one particularly edgy and disturbing little film, and it will no doubt have people talking by the end of the year -- if not for its taboo subject matter, then for the brilliant performance by its Lolitaesque star, Ellen Page.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
May 8, 2006
Ellen Page comes off as a pint-sized Cillian Murphy with the vocabulary of Veronica Mars pushed through a Canandian sieve.
| Original Score: 8/10

Film Threat
May 6, 2006
As an exercise in grueling psychological suspense, the movie is -- literally -- several 'cuts' above the rest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
May 6, 2006
The acting is also top-notch, as Patrick Wilson gives a desperate turn despite being tied up for much of the time, while Ellen Page steals the show with a grueling, star-making performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
May 6, 2006
Hard Candy is both as ambiguous, and as obvious, a movie as you're likely to find in mainstream American cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 6, 2006
It's not the surprise that keeps us gripped; it's the deeply creepy writing and amazingly raw performances that do it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
May 6, 2006
It takes creepy, spooky, and altogether ooky to a hideous new level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
May 5, 2006
A daring two-character drama that goes sour in its last half-hour ... In this Misery with a teen twist, Ellen Page delivers a mint performance far beyond her years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
May 5, 2006
A bitter Candy.
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