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Candy Reviews

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
May 15, 2009
Davies has no new insights into the heroin spiral, but this silly melodrama benefits from the palpable chemistry between Ledger and Cornish
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 12, 2007
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 12, 2007
Undeniably affecting.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 30, 2006
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
December 15, 2006
For all its depiction of a descent into drug addiction, Candy is filled with surprisingly sweet moments and goes down more easily than seems possible given the subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 14, 2006
Both actors are immensely impressive, so perversely appealing that you want them to survive their addiction and keep on with their terrific performances.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
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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.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 1, 2006
Unfortunately too many elements of this Australian feature have been recycled from other addiction stories...
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 1, 2006
It's one thing for a movie to show us the perils of addiction. It's another for it to give us two people who can't seem to find any joy in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
November 30, 2006
... for a druggie movie, "Candy" is surprisingly dynamic and involving ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 30, 2006
... a flawed but engrossing parable on love and sacrifice.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 30, 2006
Rehab comes not a moment too soon.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 30, 2006
[Heath Ledger] is alive and awake and interesting every minute of Candy.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 20, 2006
For Ledger, it's the opportunity to do the sort of flat-out, high-risk role young actors often claim to be desperate for, but are rarely willing to chase.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 20, 2006
I think it's a very strong effort.
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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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Dana Stevens
Slate
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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Noel Murray
AV Club
November 17, 2006
Though it's a well-worn story, Candy does touch on a universal anxiety. For two people basking in the heat of an all-consuming love, what happens when the power gets cut off?
| Original Score: B-
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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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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 17, 2006
... although there are some very striking moments in Neil Armfield's debut, there are simply not enough to keep us absorbed the way a movie should.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
November 16, 2006
Acting with his own accent for the first time since he became a movie star, Ledger is something of a revelation in this role.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
November 16, 2006
If the characters' trajectory feels pre-ordained, the actors force us to sit up and pay attention with renewed focus.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 14, 2006
Despite being well made and supremely acted, Candy is a true feel-bad experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 8, 2006
There have been other movies about heroin addicts, but none more harrowing than Candy.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
October 28, 2006
[A] slightly over-familiar but neatly told story of a sexual/romantic passion at once partly fuelled and blighted by drug addiction.
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Russell Edwards
Variety
October 18, 2006
Despite a fine performance by Abbie Cornish (Somersault) in the title role, film belongs to Heath Ledger in terms of narrative and identification.