Nancy (2018)


Critic Consensus: Nancy is an uncomfortable watch, but worth the effort thanks to Andrea Riseborough's central performance -- and writer-director Christina Choe's powerful empathy for her character's dangerously misguided choices.


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NANCY is a provocative psychological thriller about love, intimacy, and trust - and what happens when lies become truth. Craving connection with others, Nancy creates elaborate identities and hoaxes under pseudonyms on the internet. When she meets a couple whose daughter went missing thirty years ago, fact and fiction begin to blur in Nancy's mind, and she becomes increasingly convinced these strangers are her real parents. As their bond deepens, reasonable doubts give way to willful belief - and the power of emotion threatens to overcome all rationality.

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Smith-Cameron and Buscemi are both terrific, Buscemi for the fullness of his subtlety (so much going on in the looks and silences) and Smith-Cameron, for the depths of pain she can suggest, even when she plays a surface happiness.

Jun 29, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"Nancy" possesses an alert, tense sense of atmosphere, but it winds up being as glum and inert as the protagonist herself.

Jun 28, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Prepare yourself: it's not often that a movie presents us with a central character as unremittingly sad as this.

Jun 22, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The movie's narrowly dramatic technique, with its curtly informational scenes, is matched by the emotional overdetermination of the images.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

"Nancy" is an eccentric, pungent gift of a film about a woman without identity played by an actress without persona.

Jun 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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Nancy is a grim piece of work, but Choe's empathy for her protagonist gives the film its distinctive texture - woebegone, with flickers of both hope and dread.

Jun 8, 2018 | Full Review…

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