Downloading Nancy

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Unseemly, unsettling, and unremittingly bleak, Downloading Nancy is slickly made but mostly unpleasant.

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Movie Info

In the depths of despair, a woman (Maria Bello) hires a man (Jason Patric) she met online to torture and kill her.

Cast

Maria Bello
as Nancy Stockwell
Jason Patric
as Louis Farley
Rufus Sewell
as Albert Stockwell

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Critic Reviews for Downloading Nancy

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (26)

  • You can't really blame Bello for taking every chance available to let her monster talent off its chain, even when the opportunity takes the form of something so ill conceived and unworthy (and dull and ridiculous) as Downloading Nancy.

    July 10, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Some suspense arises about just how far the woman's sickness will take her, but it's overwhelmed by the pointlessness of the story.

    June 5, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Downloading Nancy is a nasty exploitation flick tarted up with art-house actors and psychobabble.

    June 5, 2009 | Rating: 0.5/5
  • A chilly, bleak film about characters so programmatic that their plight is easy to shrug off.

    June 4, 2009 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

    Noel Murray

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • For all the bad behavior on display, the emotional stakes remain hazily defined.

    June 3, 2009 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

    Kevin B. Lee

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • What makes the movie a trial to sit through isn't just the heroine's pain-freak tastes. It's that a kinkfest with this blah an emotional spectrum is selling its own chic form of puritanism -- sex with all the life force repressed.

    June 3, 2009 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Downloading Nancy

  • Feb 02, 2012
    Possibly the most uncomfortable Sundance movie to sit through.
    Lily L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2010
    Most films that explore sadomasochism do so in ways that can still be appealing and alluring to an audience comprised of people with relatively normal, well-adjusted ideas about sex and sexuality, but this is a notable exception. The sadomasochistic scenes in <i>Downloading Nancy</I> are fucking brutal, cringe-worthy, and unrelenting, and Bello and Patric are nakedly committed to "going there," living the realities of their characters. At its core, there is indeed little to this story, and we should be given some reason to hope for a different ending than what's inevitable. This lack of any true suspense is the film's major flaw. But by the same token, I think we go to independent movies to see a purposeful rejection of Hollywood's common narratives. Overall, this film is dark, disturbing, depressing, nihilistic, and courageous - the perfect date movie.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2010
    A tough sit - very good performance from Maria Bello - but man is this dreary, slow, dark stuff. After a while, you just want to scream at the screen, "Just die already!". Not without its merits, but I can't imagine someone wanting to sit through this who doesn't have to vote for the Independent Spirit Awards.
    Glenn G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2010
    I knew going in not to expect a feel-good movie. Everything about this movie - the way it's filmed, the characters, the dreary decor, and its story - is completely dismal. It felt like a heavy, dark cloak just descended upon me. There was nothing positive in this film. Now, where's my old stack of Care Bear videos?
    nefnie l Super Reviewer

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