Downloading Nancy

2008, Drama, 1h 42m

32 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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

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

Cast & Crew

Maria Bello
Nancy Stockwell
Jason Patric
Louis Farley
Rufus Sewell
Albert Stockwell
Kimberly Elek
Little Girl
Pamela Cuming
Screenwriter
Lee H. Ross
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Blizzard Fils
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Julie Aaron
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Adam Batz
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Maddox Pace Clinkscales
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Chris Hanley
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Sean McVity
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Mark Mueller
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Stephen Onda
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Daniel Sachs
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Christopher Doyle
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Krister Linder
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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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