Hard Candy
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A teenage girl agrees to meet a thirtysomething fashion photographer in person after becoming acquainted with him in an online chat room, and the resulting encounter finds the line between predator and prey slipping slowly out of focus in director David Slade's provocative and topical thriller. Hayley (Ellen Page) is a 14-year-old teen whose emotional maturity seems to betray her tender age. Jeff (Patrick Wilson) is a potential child predator whose intentions toward his young chat buddy seem less than honorable. After meeting in a coffeehouse and getting to know each other briefly in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Personally, I'd rather have this movie obliterated from my memory."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"... a film that gives you something to think about, raising questions that linger long after the theater lights have brightened."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"One of the more original and grueling films to come out in years and I loved it..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"British director David Slade announces himself as a master of economy and discrimination by leaving the horror to the audience's imagination. This movie will make you squirm like you've never squirmed before."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"a great suspence thriller in the likes of misery"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"Packaged in an increasingly lurid, credibility-free storyline, delivered with unstinting insensitivity by a first-time director determined to show off his ad-man's box of visual tics."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Hard Candy is an exploitation film, with very little happening but a guy getting tortured for about 75 minutes of screen time."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Slick slime wrapped as a high-toned, girl-power shocker"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Slade and his actors keep the tension high, and the questions don't come to mind until after the credits roll."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"It's the kind of indie film that makes its mark by a controversial theme, an infamous scene, and dines out on its film-festival buzz."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"It's well worth seeing, because it is well made -- apart from a few gaps in logic -- and well acted."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"... icky, incoherent thriller ..."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Wilson and Page are compelling and Slade demonstrates a slick stylistic flair, but the over over-the-top shock pandering renders the dark lesson convoluted and hard to swallow."
‑ Tom Meek, Boston Phoenix
"... [I]t's Page who really carries the picture, delivering screenwriter Brian Nelson's clever dialogue so convincingly, we actually become scared for the child predator that she's tormenting."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"Thoroughly confounding the 'normal' relationship between abuser and victim, first-time director Slade presents a complex morality tale under the guise of an exploitation thriller."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
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