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Hard Candy Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

It's just cheap exploitation, teasing around a serious issue and then, disappointingly, running from it.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 27, 2006
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine

The scenario at play here -- reportedly based on real-life attacks on suspected pedophiles by schoolgirls in Japan -- is an intriguing one, but as executed ultimately stretches plausibility.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

April 14, 2006
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Only two males working in perfectly mediocre pulp harmony would dream up an avenging teen angel like this one.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 27, 2006
Fernando F. Croce

Slick slime wrapped as a high-toned, girl-power shocker

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 30, 2009
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix

Wilson and Page are compelling and Slade demonstrates a slick stylistic flair, but the over over-the-top shock pandering renders the dark lesson convoluted and hard to swallow.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 23, 2009
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Hard Candy's calculated intimations of bloodshed are, like everything else about this faux-grrrl power fiasco, just phony posturing.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 9, 2006
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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More sour than hard, this highfalutin exploitation flick starts with an unsavory premise that quickly becomes downright unpalatable.

| Original Score: 2/5

April 13, 2006
Brian Orndorf

Wilson might be playing a rapist of teenagers, but after 10 minutes of watching Page contort and stammer in such a loud, self-aware fashion, he doesn't look like such a bad guy after all.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D+

April 13, 2006
Rob Gonsalves

It's the kind of indie film that makes its mark by a controversial theme, an infamous scene, and dines out on its film-festival buzz.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

October 20, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Personally, I'd rather have this movie obliterated from my memory.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 15, 2011
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A great film on this disturbing subject deserves to be made, but Hard Candy is way too soft.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 14, 2006
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

The film talks a good game of feminine empowerment verses privileged masculine mischief but nothing really takes off for a touchy showcase in the squirm-ridden arena of pedophilia outrage

Full Review Source: Movie Eye | Original Score: 2/4

April 16, 2006
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Brent Simon

That all its castration talk is prolonged to willfully torturous lengths could be forgiven were the film much more inspired in its interplay.

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April 18, 2006
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

There's really only one compelling reason to see this film and that is the extraordinary performance by young Ellen Page, a breakout if ever there was one.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C+

April 22, 2006
Dan Lybarger

Because of its tricky subject matter and a pair of stellar performances, it's tempting to give "Hard Candy" more credit than it's entitled to.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

April 23, 2006
Rubin Safaya

If Slade's intent is so clever, then why is the film so stupid as to hamfist a two-hour anti-pedophilia PSA down the throats of an entire culture that, by and large, already agrees with the premise...?

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May 3, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Hard to swallow provocative but exploitative jailbait revenge fantasy flick.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: D

May 14, 2006
Gene Seymour
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As gripping as Hard Candy is, one can't quite shake away the feeling that we're the ones being exploited by its mordant blend of kinky revenge fantasy and push-me-pull-you moral vision.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 14, 2006
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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It's hard to find a warm spot in the heart for anyone here, or for those who created them.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 27, 2006
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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