Hard Candy Reviews

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November 20, 2019
Blake Nelson's script is unsettling at times, but it isn't afraid to tackle a difficult subject. Only in the final act does the script start to lose its sharpness.
June 5, 2019
It is indeed an uncomfortable subject. But Slade handles it well, and he is aided most ably by the crackling screenplay by Brian Nelson and the two stellar leads.
March 30, 2010
One of the more original and grueling films to come out in years and I loved it...
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.
August 7, 2008
Slade and his actors keep the tension high, and the questions don't come to mind until after the credits roll.
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.
January 7, 2008
a great suspence thriller in the likes of misery
December 7, 2007
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.
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.
February 6, 2007
Unreels with smooth pace and unexpected grace notes, both visually and by its two leads.
January 17, 2007
A psychological thriller in which the mouse hunts the cat.
December 30, 2006
It is extraordinarily accomplished but finally pretty sick.
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.
November 8, 2006
Strong one-on-one acting elevates this table-turning horror show.
October 9, 2006
Hard-hitting independent thriller about child molestation and vigilante justice.
July 14, 2006
This swamp gets very murky indeed. Bring your moral compass.
July 8, 2006
While I couldn't recommend Hard Candy [rated R] for its easy entertainment value, it is worth seeing for how a relative newcomer like David Slade handles a high tension two hander.
June 24, 2006
A film that will have you both squirming in your seat and teetering on the edge of it.
June 24, 2006
It's smart, funny, and surprisingly visually discreet. Some scenes may leave you doubled-up, but the overall effect is, as the saying goes, better than a kick in the balls.
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