(2005)

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90
The Hollywood Reporter
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.
88
Hard Candy is impressive and effective. As for what else it may be, each audience member will have to decide.
88
Hard Candy, a highly original psychological thriller/revenge fantasy, can be bitterly hard to take and uncomfortably intense, but it's well worth consuming.
88
ReelViews
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.
88
Charlotte Observer
The film was reputedly inspired by Japanese teens who trolled chat rooms to find predators, made assignments, then ganged up to beat offending adults.
83
Entertainment Weekly
Hard Candy is extreme - a battle of the sexes that glides from tricky to angry to shockingly ugly.
75
New York Daily News
A psychosexual thriller that treads a thin line between art and exploitation. The mere fact that it manages this queasy high-wire act is what sets debut director David Slade's slick mind game apart from the drooling pack.
75
Miami Herald
The most extreme English-language studio release I've seen in years.
70
Wall Street Journal
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.
38
Philadelphia Inquirer
Icky, incoherent thriller.
25
With Hard Candy, the innocent are tortured along with the guilty -- the innocent, in this case, being the audience.

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