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Strangers with Candy Reviews

August 6, 2006
Whether you guffaw, giggle or sit stone-faced through Strangers With Candy will depend on your reaction to Sedaris as Jerri and her freak show of over-the-top bad taste.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 4, 2006
This plays like a 'Season One' DVD, silly moments interspersed with lots of dull plot and lame high-school send-up situations.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 21, 2006
I laughed my gluteus maximus off while watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 21, 2006
Audiences should find the film brilliant or repellent. At the most interesting moments, it's a bit of both.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 14, 2006
Some things were meant to be seen in small doses or on small screens. For all its subversive perks and quirks, Strangers is one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 14, 2006
Everyone but the terminally tight should find themselves laughing. And all should be awestruck by star Amy Sedaris.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 14, 2006
Not surprisingly, the film version contains about 30 minutes of hilarity, and they're stretched out at least as far as Jerri's ill-fitting slacks.
July 14, 2006
Some funny moments keep the movie from becoming unbearable, but they can't turn 22 minutes into 87.
Read More | Original Score: C
July 13, 2006
It's carefully constructed to set up and deliver laugh after laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 13, 2006
Thanks to the comic genius of Sedaris, Strangers With Candy is a good thing -- as long as your taste buds can handle the politically incorrect aftertaste.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 8, 2006
Smirky, gum-in-your-hair humor dominates this dreadful 2005 feature.
July 7, 2006
Maybe a half-hour dose was just right, because the film's pacing is torpid and many of the jokes fall flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 7, 2006
It's so brilliant in places that it can make a viewer root for it, but that's not exactly the same as enjoying it, not really.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 7, 2006
A film that never quite manages to justify its existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 7, 2006
The gags are many, and more often than not they work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 7, 2006
The show's brilliant conceit seems mild. In its own way, this is just another teen movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 6, 2006
This camp farce has its moments of high hilarity, and Sedaris is a spark plug, but it's wildly uneven.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 6, 2006
Occasionally takes a step in the direction of the after-school specials it's trying to twit; you'll catch it trying to make you feel warm and fuzzy about Jerri.
July 6, 2006
I liked this movie better when it was called Rock'n'Roll High School and starred the Ramones and Mary Woronov.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 6, 2006
If Strangers With Candy teaches us all a lesson, it's that a 28-minute free-for-all can't be stretched to feature length.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 6, 2006
Easily the wittiest, most ridiculous and best-written comedy of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 6, 2006
It's worth catching the film just for Sedaris' performance. Surrounded and sparked by all the show's familiar characters (most played by the wonderful TV cast), she's a marvel of inspired grotesqueness.
July 5, 2006
It all works because of the whip-smart dialogue and the great performances.
June 30, 2006
The offbeat film starts off hilariously. But as the very thin plot, centering on a science fair, unfolds, and celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Allison Janney and Philip Seymour Hoffman arrive, everything becomes less funny.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 30, 2006
The jokes are so sketchy and silly it quickly passes the point of wretched excess.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 29, 2006
Strangers With Candy was an atypical sitcom, but like so many television adaptations, its big-screen spin-off is just like the television show, only not as good.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 28, 2006
A subversive confection, Strangers with Candy sends up after-school specials, cheerfully debasing the genre.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 28, 2006
Quickly, no taste leads to bad taste, and dumb leads to dumber.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
June 28, 2006
This movie is worse than flying from JFK to Singapore in the middle seat between two chatty Scientologists. It's worse than do-it-yourself rhinoplasty. It's even worse than college improv.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
June 27, 2006
Like many feature films based on small-screen, short-form comedy, Strangers With Candy feels more like a long, sloppy 'very special' episode than a movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 27, 2006
What was subversive on the tube feels muted at feature length.
June 27, 2006
Strangers With Candy regularly lampoons junkie-reparation melodramas and after-school specials, but with so little focus it's never clear what the film, or even Sedaris's vaudeville buffoon incarnation, is supposed to be parodying.
June 21, 2006
If you loved Amy Sedaris before in a golfer-lady wig and inbred chump's grin, you'll maybe love her again here, while wishing she had another TV-episode-size venue for her talents.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 3, 2006
Inspired jokes run neck-and-neck with flat ones. Still, the faux 'instructive' tone (full of ostensible life lessons that couldn't be more amoral) and rack of offbeat characterizations keeps things diverting.