Hard Candy - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Hard Candy Reviews

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David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
April 6, 2016
An exploitation of a set of themes rather than a thoughtful consideration of them, and celebrates their austere nature in a stampede of scenes that cause only surface discomfort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 15, 2011
Personally, I'd rather have this movie obliterated from my memory.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
March 30, 2010
One of the more original and grueling films to come out in years and I loved it...
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 30, 2009
Slick slime wrapped as a high-toned, girl-power shocker
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Wilson and Page are compelling and Slade demonstrates a slick stylistic flair, but the over over-the-top shock pandering renders the dark lesson convoluted and hard to swallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 15, 2009
British director David Slade announces himself as a master of economy and discrimination by leaving the horror to the audience's imagination. This movie will make you squirm like you've never squirmed before.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Slade and his actors keep the tension high, and the questions don't come to mind until after the credits roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lucius Gore
ESplatter
June 18, 2008
... [I]t's Page who really carries the picture, delivering screenwriter Brian Nelson's clever dialogue so convincingly, we actually become scared for the child predator that she's tormenting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 7, 2008
a great suspence thriller in the likes of misery
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
October 20, 2007
It's the kind of indie film that makes its mark by a controversial theme, an infamous scene, and dines out on its film-festival buzz.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anton Bitel
Film4
June 15, 2007
Thoroughly confounding the 'normal' relationship between abuser and victim, first-time director Slade presents a complex morality tale under the guise of an exploitation thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jette Kernion
Cinematical
April 8, 2007
The film's strength is in the way it continually sustains suspense, particularly in the use of sound effects. Very little is shown, but much is heard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
February 6, 2007
Unreels with smooth pace and unexpected grace notes, both visually and by its two leads.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 17, 2007
A psychological thriller in which the mouse hunts the cat.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Peter Calder
New Zealand Herald
December 30, 2006
It is extraordinarily accomplished but finally pretty sick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Caroline Westbrook
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
A cracking little thriller which makes you think even as it's keeping you on the edge of your seat. It's not always easy viewing, but Hard Candy is an intelligent, challenging film which deserves to be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
November 8, 2006
Strong one-on-one acting elevates this table-turning horror show.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
October 17, 2006
You can sense that it wants to be talked about more than it wants to actually say anything
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
October 9, 2006
Hard-hitting independent thriller about child molestation and vigilante justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
July 14, 2006
This swamp gets very murky indeed. Bring your moral compass.
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