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80
The film isn't blinded by Candy's beauty and celebrity; it digs critically, if still empathetically, beneath.
80
Los Angeles Times
A transgender icon with a life as tragically short as some of the idols she worshipped, she's the deserving subject of an archivally rich remembrance, and such is James Rasin's poignant documentary Beautiful Darling.
75
James Rasin's documentary is surprisingly the first to focus on one of Warhol's biggest attractions, the attractive male-to-female transsexual Candy Darling, best known for inspiring Lou Reed's song "A Walk on the Wild Side."
75
Beautiful Darling not only explains the appeal of its subject; it actively contributes to her ongoing mystique.
75
As fascinating as the material is, like so much of popular culture it doesn't hold up well out of context.
70
Beautiful Darling, James Rasin's touching documentary biography of Candy Darling, the transsexual Andy Warhol "superstar," is a sad, lyrical reflection on the foolish worship of movie stars.
40
Village Voice
Denied the opportunity to see Candy at her best, simultaneously mocking and paying homage to golden-age glamour, viewers instead get too much of Jeremiah Newton, a close friend of the actress's and guardian of her papers, personal effects, and ashes (and one of Beautiful Darling's producers).

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