It's just cheap exploitation, teasing around a serious issue and then, disappointingly, running from it.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Only two males working in perfectly mediocre pulp harmony would dream up an avenging teen angel like this one.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Slick slime wrapped as a high-toned, girl-power shocker
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Hard Candy's calculated intimations of bloodshed are, like everything else about this faux-grrrl power fiasco, just phony posturing.
More sour than hard, this highfalutin exploitation flick starts with an unsavory premise that quickly becomes downright unpalatable.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: D+
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.
Personally, I'd rather have this movie obliterated from my memory.
A great film on this disturbing subject deserves to be made, but Hard Candy is way too soft.
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
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
That all its castration talk is prolonged to willfully torturous lengths could be forgiven were the film much more inspired in its interplay.
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.
| Original Score: C+
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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...?
Hard to swallow provocative but exploitative jailbait revenge fantasy flick.
| Original Score: D
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.
It's hard to find a warm spot in the heart for anyone here, or for those who created them.