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Hard Candy

Rated R for disturbing, violent, and aberrant sexual content involving a teen, and for language.

R In Theaters 04/14/2006 , 99min.
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July 18, 2010
did she really cut off his penis
October 03, 2009
Great movie

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
Though Hard Candy clearly believes pedophiles should be chopped into little pieces and buried in an unmarked grave, its only purpose is exploitative. Sure, it's a cautionary tale for all those sicko wolves out there, but it's nothing more than an unabashed lurk-and-dread fest. Full Review
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. Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
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. Full Review
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
Maddeningly exploitative, the film takes a provocative subject -- pedophilia -- and wraps it in a sterile, vacuum-sealed package, devoid of meaning. Full Review
Manohla Dargis
The New York Times
During the ensuing narrative unpleasantness and visual incoherence (meaningless choker close-ups, pointless slow motion), Hayley subjects Jeff to a range of torture, all in the name of, well, what? Despite the two fine performances, it's hard to say. Full Review

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