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Hard Candy Reviews

November 15, 2011
Personally, I'd rather have this movie obliterated from my memory.
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.
April 28, 2006
It's well worth seeing, because it is well made -- apart from a few gaps in logic -- and well acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 28, 2006
... a film that gives you something to think about, raising questions that linger long after the theater lights have brightened.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 28, 2006
Hard Candy is an exploitation film, with very little happening but a guy getting tortured for about 75 minutes of screen time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 28, 2006
... icky, incoherent thriller ...
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 28, 2006
It's cinematic S&M, a bondage-control game masquerading as a thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 28, 2006
The acting is incredible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 28, 2006
... a revolting piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 28, 2006
Hard Candy not only trips along a tightrope line between exploitation and art; in some ways, that line is its subject.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 28, 2006
Hard Candy is sweet poison indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 28, 2006
The questions posed by Hard Candy may not be as profound as the filmmakers believe, but they are enough to keep us thinking for the length of a movie that deftly uses exploitation to explore exploitation.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 28, 2006
Instead of telling a story, Hard Candy cooks up one grueling ordeal after another.
Read More | Original Score: C-
April 28, 2006
Hard Candy is tantalizing, brutal, fetishistic, gripping and exhausting, with plenty of moments for movie patrons to shout advice at the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 28, 2006
At the very first, Hard Candy plays hardball. It's hard to watch, hard to listen to, hard to think about. And then it falls apart.
Read More | Original Score: D+
April 28, 2006
Hard Candy is the rare movie that may be worthiest for the arguments you'll have after it's over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 28, 2006
... a movie that will inspire discussions once it's over.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 28, 2006
Seen as a film, seen as acting and direction, seen as just exactly how it unfolds on the screen, Hard Candy is impressive and effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 27, 2006
It's hard to find a warm spot in the heart for anyone here, or for those who created them.
April 27, 2006
Hard Candy is a psychological thriller as chilling as a cold, serrated blade to the jugular.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 27, 2006
Hard Candy is the kind of movie that fairly demands coffee and discussion afterward.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 27, 2006
Only two males working in perfectly mediocre pulp harmony would dream up an avenging teen angel like this one.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 19, 2006
Hard Candy is supposed to be another cautionary tale about the dangerous risks of online chat-room dating, but ends up being just another psychological horror flick about pedophilia in which Little Red Riding Hood turns the tables on the wolf.
April 17, 2006
It really takes us on this ride.
April 14, 2006
Hard Candy, a highly original psychological thriller/revenge fantasy, can be bitterly hard to take and uncomfortably intense, but it's well worth consuming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 14, 2006
Hard Candy takes itself way too seriously. It's a genre movie that serves empty calories weighted with self-importance.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 14, 2006
What we have here is simply a spectacularly unpleasant horror show, or an attempt to out-outrage the trio of poison playwrights I've mentioned. And yet Nelson's imagination thunders away with such demon perversity that I eagerly await his next work.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 14, 2006
It's really a canny use of the medium to raise serious questions about point of view and empathy in the exploitation genre.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 14, 2006
Riveting.
April 13, 2006
Maddeningly exploitative, the film takes a provocative subject -- pedophilia -- and wraps it in a sterile, vacuum-sealed package, devoid of meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 13, 2006
More sour than hard, this highfalutin exploitation flick starts with an unsavory premise that quickly becomes downright unpalatable.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 13, 2006
Hayley and Jeff come across in almost equally repellent measure, their behaviors driven less by organic impulses than by their need to satisfy the script's elaborate series of reversals and counter-reversals.
April 13, 2006
As Hard Candy moves further and further away from its opening scenes' gripping ambiguity, the frightening conviction Page brings to her role becomes the only thing keeping the film from lurching into sleazy, pulpy camp.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 12, 2006
There is nothing sugar-coated about this taut, timely psycho-thriller.
April 12, 2006
To watch Hard Candy is, at moments, to be very afraid, but the scariest thing about it is the fury of Page's talent.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 11, 2006
[The film] contrives to wag its own finger at itself -- to have its bonbon and eat it too.
April 11, 2006
There's a lot more going on here than just a revenge fantasy. These are two fascinating characters, and watching them thrust and parry proves to be as impossible to turn away from as observing a grotesque roadside accident.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 2, 2005
A spectacular performance by teenage thesp Ellen Page elevates this disturbing slice of designer shocksploitation into a film that's impossible to dismiss on principle.