Ryan Conde’s review published on Letterboxd:
Well, that was short. Seriously this is one of the few times where I wished the movie was longer. I guess this shows how much I was enjoying this movie. For me though while I do prefer the first Candyman movie better I still enjoyed a lot of this film. Outside of a couple of problems I loved pretty much everything else about this film but I'll get the issues out of the way. There are a couple of predictable moments especially with some slasher movie cliches, some characters felt kind of pointless, the bits of humor didn't work and were rarely funny, and the biggest problem is how short this film is. For me, I would've loved to see more because the movie does feel kind of rushed. The ending is the biggest offender of that and while I was still enjoying that part of the movie I just wished there was more and it did feel very rushed. Like I said though if I say that I wish to have a longer movie it is the sign of a good movie. All of the other things about this movie are fantastic. The story is very well-told and kept me engaged, the cinematography is amazing with some gorgeous shots, the musical score is great and does stick with you even after the movie, the direction is fantastic, the editing is solid, the social commentary is done very well and just like the first Candyman it does tie into the story, the atmosphere creates many suspenseful and creepy moments, the gore and violence is incredibly shocking and bloody but also led to many great kills that were quite disturbing to watch, and the performances are fantastic from everyone with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II doing a great job and being the main standout of the entire film. The rest of the cast rather they are new faces or returning faces from the original Candyman also do a good job. Overall with all of the good things that I have mentioned about this movie it makes it a pretty good movie. The original Candyman is still better for me but I enjoyed a lot of this film. It will definitely give fans of the original film what they want but also give horror fans a solid movie with some bloody and gory kills, and one hell of a creepy atmosphere to back them up. Go check this one out in theaters if you can and let's hope we get more Candyman sequels that will be just as good as this one and better. Now after seeing this I can say that I am very intrigued to see how Nia DaCosta's The Marvels will be. Guess we can add her to the pile of movie directors to keep an eye on for the foreseeable future.