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A free-spirited art student and a roguish poet find their addiction to each other taking a back seat to their taste for heroin in director Neil Armfield's intensely personal tale of recreational drug use gone bad. When Candy (Abbie Cornish) and Dan (Heath Ledger) first fell in love, they both thought they had found all they ever needed in life. Despite financial hardships, the pair sustained themselves on the vibrant life force that burned blindingly bright as it promised an invincible future. Their intoxicating romance a blissful altered state of which heroin played only a minor role in… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Undeniably affecting."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Both actors are immensely impressive, so perversely appealing that you want them to survive their addiction and keep on with their terrific performances."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Davies has no new insights into the heroin spiral, but this silly melodrama benefits from the palpable chemistry between Ledger and Cornish"
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
"The performances are good, but it would be hard to recommend this to anyone unless you have a lovely daughter who's dating a sleaze-bag and you want her to watch it as a deterrent."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
""Candy" won't make anyone forget "Trainspotting" (1996) or "Requiem for a Dream" (2000), but nor will "Candy" let those who see it soon forget the experience."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"There's no moment that truly feels original until Candy's climactic breakdown at the end of the movie. By then, it's too late."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"There's a formula here, and it's not the liquid being shot into popping veins."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"... Candy is a rewarding experience. It may not be one that you will want to return to any time soon, but it is one that you will not soon forget."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"Hands up if you don't know that drugs are bad for you."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"The question is whether "Candy" is intended to be an honest and unflinching look at the junkie life, or merely trying to top "Trainspotting" and its ilk."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"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."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"...Because we never had a strong handle on who all these people were at the beginning, it's difficult to care about whether they're capable of redemption in the end."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"Without real characters or a fresh take on drug addiction, Candy has little to recommend it for anyone who's seen The Basketball Diaries or Requiem for a Dream."
‑ Katey Rich, Film Journal International
"... it feels more like something out of American cinema from the late 1960s or early 70s [and] may say more about the state of Australian film than anything else."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"Those with the stomach for searing drama will recognise superior writing, direction and acting in one of the most heartbreaking films of the year."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
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