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  • Summary: A charming but reckless young poet (Ledger) has fallen in love with Candy (Cornish), a beautiful young art student from a comfortable middle-class family who is attracted to the bohemian lifestyle that Dan has long since embraced. In order to get closer to Dan, Candy whose previous drug use has been casually experimental, starts shooting up. Their passionate relationship then alternates between bursts of ecstatic oblivion and bouts of despair and self-destruction. Hooked as much on heroin as one another, their story becomes a love triangle -- a boy, a girl and a drug. (ThinkFilm) Expand
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  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. 75
    Despite being well made and supremely acted, Candy is a true feel-bad experience.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 50
    Decent performances aside, the only interesting bits involve Geoffrey Rush as a chemistry professor who enables their self-abuse.
  7. 40
    It's neither utterly real nor utterly romantic (heroin, like alcohol, manages to be awfully and unremittingly both).

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  1. Helenp.
    Nov 30, 2006
    10
    It's simply gorgeous!
  2. BrianM
    Nov 19, 2006
    9
    Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish are amazing!
  3. ChadS.
    Mar 31, 2007
    7
    Being a painter, when Candy (Abbie Cornish) moves to the countryside with Dan(Heath Ledger, who reclaims his heterosexual screen image in a scene that makes ironic use of "My Own Private Idaho"), Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner's migration to the boonies spring to mind. But then you realize that Dan doesn't do anything, so the prescient evocation becomes only half-right. Dan is no action painter; action hay bailer, yes. Candy can still be Krasner, but her influential(the bad kind) beau is the anti-muse. Dan has nothing to offer her, except his love. Is it enough? No. Candy may, or may not mature into an artist of great notoriety, but she'll never get a chance to find out if the heroin does her in. "Candy" is a love story about co-dependents(who might be star-crossed; she's middle class, he might be "white trash") that has its intermittent moments of underlining the debacle, which is the grade of diaster that drug addiction entails, with startling power and heartbreak. The sequence that documents Candy's attempt to bring life into this world stands out from the rest of "Candy" in which, like all movies about addicts, are broken into two sets of scenes; they're either stoned, or not stoned. Expand

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