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Candyman Reviews

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David Keyes
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
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 20, 2015
The finest American horror film of the 1990s.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 31, 2014
...a handsome yet ineffective adaptation...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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-
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
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.
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Variety Staff
September 17, 2008
Candyman is an uppper-register horror item that delivers the requisite shocks and gore but doesn't cheat or cop out.

TV Guide
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
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
One of the best sustained horror movies for some years.
Rob Gonsalves
January 31, 2005
Reheats old material and serves it as if it were bold and original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cynthia Fuchs
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.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
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
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
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
Andreas Samuelson
March 3, 2004
Very clever, well-made and unpredictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The film's spooky atmosphere is accentuated by Anthony B. Richmond's cinematography and Philip Glass's score.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
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
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
February 10, 2003
A nicely gory urban legend thriller.
| Original Score: 4/5
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
January 29, 2003
A good, bloody horror film about urban legends from a Clive Barker story.
| Original Score: 3/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
It has more than a few surprises packed up its sleeve, alongside the sharp, disemboweling metal hook.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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