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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
June 21, 2013
Winter can't get his arms around his material. He seems reluctant to pare anything, and his talking techie heads - Napster founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, along with a host of others - often make the same points, one after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
June 18, 2013
The doc is only about as revealing as a middling magazine article on the subject. But it will fascinate and frustrate anyone already interested ...
Brian Orndorf
July 11, 2013
Has a sharp pace that burns through the years, but there isn't much here that's new, with revelations minimal at best. Fanning continues to be a question mark.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Paul de Barros
Seattle Times
July 4, 2013
I found myself asking, "And so why am I being retold this hoary tale?"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
August 1, 2013
As you watch the film, you'll be amazed how the world of the Internet turns the recent into the ancient: In a matter of only a few years, a world-changing digital event like Napster has become so last century.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 20, 2013
Compelling, provocative and well-edited.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.2/10
Stephen Silver
June 28, 2013
Well-made and provides a largely accurate overview of this crucial chapter in the history of both music and technology.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 20, 2013
Director Alex Winter tracks the evolution of our tunes, and current glimpses of Fanning, especially, show how small revolutions can have larger, often disturbing, soundwaves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andy Webster
New York Times
June 20, 2013
An independent Napster may be gone, but its impact reverberates, not least in the continuing threat to intellectual property.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
July 16, 2013
Downloaded provides a robustly engaging overview of Napster's renegade birth and premature death rattle.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
July 5, 2013
Downloaded often misses bigger picture viewpoints, and mostly sticks with the standard narrative about Napster we all know (though with a bit more behind-the-scenes detail).
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
June 27, 2013
As iffy as the coulda-been premise is, "Downloaded" is still a vigorous retelling of Fanning's and Parker's wildfire achievement and its ethical pitfalls ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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