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Hard Candy Review

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1.0

Dave White Profile

… obvious dumb monologues … Read full review

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  • 3.0
    58

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    To give the film its due, the direction is expert, the writing is shrewd, the cinematography is stylish, and the performances are extraordinary... Hard Candy is also sadistic in its own right, relentlessly ugly, entirely heartless and eventually unendurable. It's torture.

  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Hard Candy is extreme - a battle of the sexes that glides from tricky to angry to shockingly ugly.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Hard Candy is impressive and effective. As for what else it may be, each audience member will have to decide.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    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.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Hard Candy, a highly original psychological thriller/revenge fantasy, can be bitterly hard to take and uncomfortably intense, but it's well worth consuming.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    To pull this kind of thing off you need exceptional performances, and the two leads rise commandingly to the challenge. Wilson, best known for his work in the screen version of "The Phantom of the Opera" and HBO's "Angels in America," keeps his true colors effectively muted throughout the bulk of their face-off, but it is Page who astonishes.

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