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Candyman Reviews

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June 2, 2017
This unusual bold film is well worth watching. The real tragedy is perhaps that it has stood the test of time so well and we have not, after 25 years, reached a point where the inequalities it portrays seem ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 7, 2016
The goals of the picture never come into focus, usually because it is too busy bouncing between the methodical deviations of the villain and the silent absurdity of injustice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 20, 2015
The finest American horror film of the 1990s.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
October 31, 2014
...a handsome yet ineffective adaptation...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 13, 2012
The film bogs down into ordinariness after its fast start when the myth is literally acted out and all sense of movie magic gets washed down the toilet.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 7, 2010
Sadly enough, with all the things Candyman has going for it, it turns out to be not much more enthralling than the last Freddy Kreuger slash-o-rama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
September 17, 2008
Candyman is atmospheric and visually stimulating enough to satisfy gore-hounds as well as being an intelligent social commentary.
September 17, 2008
Candyman is an uppper-register horror item that delivers the requisite shocks and gore but doesn't cheat or cop out.
September 17, 2008
Serious, straightforward cinematic terror is always hard to come by, but this literate shocker ranks among the best horror movies of the '90s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 17, 2008
Like so many post-Val Lewton horror films, this 1992 feature starts out promisingly while the plot is mainly a matter of suggestion, but gradually turns gross and obvious as the meanings become literal and unambiguous.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
One of the best sustained horror movies for some years.
January 31, 2005
Reheats old material and serves it as if it were bold and original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 19, 2004
The enduring resonance of Candyman, adapted and directed by Bernard Rose, has to do with its respect for and investment in specific and real events.
October 18, 2004
One of the best of the end-of-the-eighties/start-of-the-nineties body mortification films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 3, 2004
The Candyman is a svelte, sexual monument, far removed from the silent brutality of your average serial slasher.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 3, 2004
Very clever, well-made and unpredictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 20, 2003
The film's spooky atmosphere is accentuated by Anthony B. Richmond's cinematography and Philip Glass's score.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 12, 2003
A by-the-numbers boogeyman thriller, spiced up by an intriguing concept and Tony Todd's sad-eyed title character.
| Original Score: 3/5
February 10, 2003
A nicely gory urban legend thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 29, 2003
A good, bloody horror film about urban legends from a Clive Barker story.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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