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Stars Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish look better than they should as heroin addicts, and their characters are too absorbed and self-pitying to be totally compelling. Read critic reviews

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A fatherly chemistry professor (Geoffrey Rush) indulges two young lovers (Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish) in their ever-increasing heroin habits. Eventually the pair, an artist named Candy and an aspiring poet named Dan, become caught in a harrowing downward spiral of drug dependency and failed efforts to get clean.

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Paul Blackwell
Phillip Dudley
Damon Herriman
Roger Moylan
Tim McKenzie
Uncle Rod
Nathaniel Dean
Paul Hillman
Angus Finney
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Richard Payten
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Andrew Mackie
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  • Oct 09, 2013
    Aside from the Dark Knight, Hard Candy is one of Heath Ledger's strongest performances. This is an eccentric picture that tells an engaging story about addiction. Brilliantly acted and directed, Hard Candy is a fine picture that showcases Ledger's talents perfectly. The story is well constructed and it is a film that is hard to forget. With effective performances, this is a must see for any film lover who enjoys a powerful film that delivers an entertaining drama. The direction is very well done, and overall I really enjoyed the film despite the fact that in some areas, the film could have been better. However, Ledger's performance keeps things together and like I said, he does some terrific work here. I really thought that this was one of his best performances right up until his final role as the Joker. This is a raw, gritty in your face portrayal of addiction, and it shows us the costs of using. This is a film that is hard to get into due to its subject, but it is nonetheless a roller coaster ride into madness that you won't forget. In terms of a drama, Candy is one of those films that doesn't shy away from its subject that it displays on-screen. The cast keep you involved and it is a film well worth seeing. I thought the film was well made, but it is not a film that warrants multiple viewings, and it will stick with you for a while long after you've seen it. Candy has its imperfections, but its strengths lie within its subject matter and its raw, intense delivery of its performances from the cast.
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  • Apr 07, 2011
    Unimpressive in every single way.
    Eduardo C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2010
    17/07/2010 (TELEVISION) A pretty emotional flick. This film took me downhill with them and I couldn't stand the hopelessness. It's a terrific drama and I love these ones that are able to extract your feelings. I felt this was also educational in a way because now I'm aware of the impact that drugs can have.
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  • Nov 28, 2009
    The story is dragging but filled with some sort of poetry: being young and having nothing but time and something that some would call love... but is it really? Add the drug addiction and you'll get the picture. The spirit is wandering in a sweet laziness, close to the artistic inspiration, yet the muses are staying away, probably driven by small, everyday problems, like finding money and drugs.
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