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Candy Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 11, 2007
Hands up if you don't know that drugs are bad for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 30, 2006
As good as the main performances are, they're inevitably flatter than the language of the film's narrator.
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 11, 2007
... it feels more like something out of American cinema from the late 1960s or early 70s [and] may say more about the state of Australian film than anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Michael Szymanski
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Barsanti
November 16, 2006
Director Armfield coaxes excellent performances from his performers, almost making up for the thinness of the material
| Original Score: 3/5
Katey Rich
Film Journal International
February 6, 2007
Without real characters or a fresh take on drug addiction, Candy has little to recommend it for anyone who's seen The Basketball Diaries or Requiem for a Dream.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 19, 2006
An Australian rendition of Requiem for a Dream in which pretty people live in filth, steal from their relatives, and turn tricks in order to satiate their narcotics cravings.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 17, 2006
... doesn't add anything substantively new to [the story of heroin addiction], though it has been nicely directed by Neil Armfield ...
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 17, 2006
I'm not sure there's a lot more to say about heroin addiction, but if there is, Candy doesn't say it.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 1, 2006
...Because we never had a strong handle on who all these people were at the beginning, it's difficult to care about whether they're capable of redemption in the end.
Kim Voynar
September 23, 2006
Candy doesn't just accidentally fall into addiction, she takes that path deliberately and doesn't want to get off the train, and we're never really given a reason to understand the whys and wherefores of her actions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 17, 2006
An Australian drama about two lovers addicted to heroin that offers no fresh insights into this obsession.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
December 7, 2006
... doesn't have anything new to say. But it takes a quieter, more intently observed approach to the usual stereotypes and the texture of their experience."
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 15, 2006
Even as they spiral inevitably downward from ecstasy to hell -- she turns tricks, he steals -- they somehow still look really attractive, which is a ridiculous thing.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 1, 2006
There's a formula here, and it's not the liquid being shot into popping veins.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
January 19, 2007
The performances are good, but it would be hard to recommend this to anyone unless you have a lovely daughter who's dating a sleaze-bag and you want her to watch it as a deterrent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
December 7, 2006
Doesn't deviate much from the downward-spiral norm, but benefits hugely from an atypically loose performance by Heath Ledger.
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Dana Stevens
November 17, 2006
In the end, Candy is a little too sweet and not quite harmful enough to the audience's health.
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
December 30, 2006
There's no moment that truly feels original until Candy's climactic breakdown at the end of the movie. By then, it's too late.
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Warren
Premiere Magazine
November 17, 2006
When the film ends, you may want to stay in the dark theater where you can simply dig a hole under your seat and not have to face the bad, bad world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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