Nico Icon Reviews

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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
August 2, 2013
As recorded in the great wealth of documentary footage Ofteringer has assembled, the cheekbones slowly collapse and the blue eyes become watery, their owner becoming more and more dependent on hard drugs and fast living.
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
August 2, 2013
With extraordinary technique, Ofteringer paints a moody, melancholy picture of a legend who decayed into the ghost of herself.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 20, 2003
That voyeuristic fascination with doomed glamour is one of the guilty pleasures of Susanne Ofteringer's utterly haunting documentary film, Nico Icon.
Pat Kramer
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Nico Icon is a powerful, often disturbing portrayal of a woman haunted by her elevation to icon status for little more than her physical attributes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
This picture is a mess. It never presents a compelling case of why we should care about Nico.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Though Nico Icon is replete with fascinating tidbits about the model-turned- singer's opinions and lovers, it does little to bring us understanding of the real person.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie has no moral or message, does not attempt to rehabilitate Nico as an anti-heroine, and finds mostly emptiness and sadness in her life. I have a feeling Nico would have enjoyed it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Nico, the beautiful heroin-addicted, one-time model and actress turned pop singer, is a strange subject for a documentary. Director Susanne Ofteringer took the strangeness and ran with it.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Nico-Icon is more than the investigation of a doomed celebrity: It's also a mirror reflecting her friends, her audience and pop culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
Catching a look at what took a gorgeous kid, full of life, into a rare freak show is certainly worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Nico Icon tells us more than we ever knew about this pop star yet manages to leave the mysterious reflecting pool that will forever be Nico intact.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 20, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Craig Phillips
GreenCine
August 11, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 4, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Entertainment Weekly
September 8, 1995
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
April 2, 2009
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
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