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Hard Candy Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 27, 2006
It's just cheap exploitation, teasing around a serious issue and then, disappointingly, running from it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
April 14, 2006
The scenario at play here -- reportedly based on real-life attacks on suspected pedophiles by schoolgirls in Japan -- is an intriguing one, but as executed ultimately stretches plausibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 27, 2006
Only two males working in perfectly mediocre pulp harmony would dream up an avenging teen angel like this one.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 9, 2006
Hard Candy's calculated intimations of bloodshed are, like everything else about this faux-grrrl power fiasco, just phony posturing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 13, 2006
More sour than hard, this highfalutin exploitation flick starts with an unsavory premise that quickly becomes downright unpalatable.
| Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
April 13, 2006
Wilson might be playing a rapist of teenagers, but after 10 minutes of watching Page contort and stammer in such a loud, self-aware fashion, he doesn't look like such a bad guy after all.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 15, 2011
Personally, I'd rather have this movie obliterated from my memory.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 14, 2006
A great film on this disturbing subject deserves to be made, but Hard Candy is way too soft.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
April 16, 2006
The film talks a good game of feminine empowerment verses privileged masculine mischief but nothing really takes off for a touchy showcase in the squirm-ridden arena of pedophilia outrage
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Packaged in an increasingly lurid, credibility-free storyline, delivered with unstinting insensitivity by a first-time director determined to show off his ad-man's box of visual tics.
Brent Simon
FilmStew.com
April 18, 2006
That all its castration talk is prolonged to willfully torturous lengths could be forgiven were the film much more inspired in its interplay.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 22, 2006
There's really only one compelling reason to see this film and that is the extraordinary performance by young Ellen Page, a breakout if ever there was one.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dan Lybarger
eFilmCritic.com
April 23, 2006
Because of its tricky subject matter and a pair of stellar performances, it's tempting to give "Hard Candy" more credit than it's entitled to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rubin Safaya
Cinemalogue.com
May 3, 2006
If Slade's intent is so clever, then why is the film so stupid as to hamfist a two-hour anti-pedophilia PSA down the throats of an entire culture that, by and large, already agrees with the premise...?
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 14, 2006
Hard to swallow provocative but exploitative jailbait revenge fantasy flick.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
April 14, 2006
As gripping as Hard Candy is, one can't quite shake away the feeling that we're the ones being exploited by its mordant blend of kinky revenge fantasy and push-me-pull-you moral vision.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 27, 2006
It's hard to find a warm spot in the heart for anyone here, or for those who created them.
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
May 6, 2006
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