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  • Summary: Strangers with Candy is a daring leap backwards. A prequel to the critically acclaimed Comedy Central series of the same name, it is the tale of Jerri Blank (Sedaris), a forty-seven year old ex-con, junky whore who decides to return home after thirty-two years as a runaway. (ThinkFilm)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. 91
    Strangers With Candy -- a perfect title -- is filled with straight-faced loonies. It's a nutcake you actually want to eat.
  2. This camp farce has its moments of high hilarity, and Sedaris is a spark plug, but it's wildly uneven.
  3. 75
    The aggressively over-the-top plot is sloppy and totally irrelevant. What counts are the jokes that fly so fast they're easy to miss.
  4. When it comes to rude comedy, one person's caviar is another's smelly fish gunk. A case in point is Strangers With Candy.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    A pic that will delight the previously converted, but, as film is just as hit-and-miss as the series was.
  6. I liked this movie better when it was called "Rock'n'Roll High School" and starred the Ramones and Mary Woronov.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    The Amy Sedaris comedy based on the failed TV show isn't the least funny film of the year - but for that it should send a thank-you note to "United 93."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 6 out of 17