Sid and Nancy Reviews

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September 30, 2019
Neil Young may have namedropped Johnny Rotten in "My My, Hey Hey" but it's Vicious he was really singing about.
February 20, 2019
Sid and Nancy is a fascinating record of a volatile period in music history.
December 27, 2018
Sid & Nancy is a brutal tour de force.
September 16, 2017
There is some nobility in the film's relentlessness and single-minded focus, but not enough to redeem its lack of having anything much to say beyond what we get on the surface.
January 1, 2017
Cox doesn't just plot an obvious decline: things do get grim, but he makes you care as you also despair for punk's cracked casualties.
November 30, 2016
Even if "Sid and Nancy" doesn't quite represent the imperfect perfection in which punk music so often traffics, Alex Cox's confident visual symbolism -combined with Chloe Webb & Gary Oldman's performances -grant it piercing volume and knotty shape.
September 15, 2016
Sid and Nancy has some claim on being the finest British film of the 1980s.
August 31, 2016
Riveting and repulsive, with a claustrophobic perspective that mirrors its subjects: all id, all in the moment. But it's also shallow, all on the surface.
August 29, 2016
At its best Sid & Nancy has a captivating energy and rawness, and there are even some priceless moments of levity.
August 9, 2016
They are more than zombies doing needlepoint on each other's veins. Both are brought to life in complex, deeply felt performances from two actors who have abandoned themselves to enormously demanding and difficult roles.
August 9, 2016
Repellent is the word for it, but the filmmakers might take that as a compliment, since hardcore sleaze is apparently what tickles them most.
August 9, 2016
Every character is booked through to hell or purgatory. But we gasp at the inventiveness, ferocity and cuckoo anarchy with which these rockers prepared their route to destruction or damnation.
August 9, 2016
Oldman plays Vicious as awkward, insecure and violent; Webb's Spungen is tantrum-prone yet has a streak of generosity. They both seem very real, though neither will generate much sympathy.
August 9, 2016
Sid & Nancy is an honorable try, but it could have been better had Cox found a way to imbue the movie with some of the sheer zaniness of his Repo Man.
August 9, 2016
Sid and Nancy is a brilliantly acted surprise from newcomers Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb.
August 9, 2016
Once we sense a glimmer of talent and accept these people as human beings, the tragedy of their drug use resonates enormously.
August 9, 2016
This is a love story -- an unlikely, perverse, disturbing love story, but a genuine one.
August 9, 2016
It's a hard film to watch at times, as Vicious plunges deeper into his heroin-induced slump, but told with skill and compassion, which make up for the onscreen squalor.
August 9, 2016
The great DOP Roger Deakins works hard to make cramped, dank interiors look cinematic. Cox's humour, meanwhile, compensates for the grim subject matter.
August 8, 2016
A gruellingly tough watch.
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