Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    Neil Armfield's film hits hard because it sensitively shows how life on drugs can never be about anything else, and how the real horror of addiction is not what users do to themselves, but what they do to each other out of loneliness and despair.
  2. For all its depiction of a descent into drug addiction, Candy is filled with surprisingly sweet moments and goes down more easily than seems possible given the subject matter.
  3. 75
    Told in a serenely observational fashion.
  4. 75
    Despite being well made and supremely acted, Candy is a true feel-bad experience.
  5. 70
    With its intelligence, compassion, human terror and sheer loveliness, Candy is a winner despite the well-worn path it treads.
  6. For a druggie movie, Candy is surprisingly dynamic and involving.
  7. Doesn’t add anything substantively new, though it has been nicely directed by Neil Armfield, known in his country for his theater work, and features striking performances from Heath Ledger and Geoffrey Rush.
  8. 67
    Though it's a well-worn story, Candy does touch on a universal anxiety. For two people basking in the heat of an all-consuming love, what happens when the power gets cut off?
  9. The way director and co-adapter Armfield shoots it, the film's awfully pretty in its grimness, in the way "Leaving Las Vegas" managed to make train-wreck alcoholism more fake-lyrical than grungy.
  10. Because although there are some very striking moments in Neil Armfield's debut, there are simply not enough to keep us absorbed the way a movie should.
  11. As the characters' lives fall apart, Ledger fails to bring the necessary gravitas to the role, and he looks a bit too healthy throughout.
  12. Reviewed by: Russell Edwards
    60
    Life, love and addiction make a mostly bitter, but occasionally sweet, concoction in Oz drama Candy, which is sometimes hard to swallow.
  13. Cornish provides a counterbalance for Ledger's authoritative presence, turning what could have been just another heroin movie into a flawed but engrossing parable on love and sacrifice.
  14. Ledger mumbles his entire performance (some of it barely legible) as a fuzzy, friendly, happily passive heroin addict and sometime poet, as if he's too blissed out to even open his mouth as he simply drifts along with his addiction.
  15. 50
    As the movie's feet get stuck in its own misery, it made me appreciate "Trainspotting" all over again - its wit, how it moved, the way any outcome for its characters seemed possible.
  16. Reviewed by: Scott Warren
    50
    Ledger turns in another stellar performance and Cornish is heartbreakingly good also in this well-crafted film. But once that first plunger is pushed, the surprises are few.
  17. A wildly romanticized Australian druggie drama.
  18. There has to be a good reason to put yourself through yet another junkie odyssey and Candy flunks the test.
  19. 50
    Decent performances aside, the only interesting bits involve Geoffrey Rush as a chemistry professor who enables their self-abuse.
  20. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    50
    Any drug movie's effectiveness can be measured by the strength of its detox, and Candy doesn't sweeten the cold turkey. Still, it's a downward spiral from there in more ways than one. Never mind the neo-psychedelic-pop soundtrack and occasional double-vision cinematography: Dope just can't account for the film's fried brain cells.
  21. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    50
    Geoffrey Rush is fine as a gay drug dealer who serves as an enabling Santa Claus to the doomed couple. But in the end, Candy is a little too sweet and not quite harmful enough to the audience's health.
  22. What we see, though, is the same old same old - beautiful faces turning gaunt and haunted, strung-out hero and heroine, stupid parents, de-tox worse than tox, descent to and return from the depths. Candy could be seen, I suppose, as a cautionary tale; take this as a cautionary review.
  23. Reviewed by: Meredith Brody
    50
    A story that's reminiscent of the seminal "Panic in Needle Park."
  24. 40
    It's neither utterly real nor utterly romantic (heroin, like alcohol, manages to be awfully and unremittingly both).

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