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Sid and Nancy Reviews

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman
September 15, 2016
Sid and Nancy has some claim on being the finest British film of the 1980s.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Concannon
The Skinny
August 29, 2016
At its best Sid & Nancy has a captivating energy and rawness, and there are even some priceless moments of levity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
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.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

People Magazine
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.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 9, 2016
Sid and Nancy is a brilliantly acted surprise from newcomers Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
August 9, 2016
This is a love story -- an unlikely, perverse, disturbing love story, but a genuine one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Caroline Westbrook
Empire Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wendy Ide
Observer (UK)
August 8, 2016
A gruellingly tough watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
August 7, 2016
It is a reminder of what a dynamic presence Gary Oldman was in his younger days as he captures the snarling attitude of punk idol Sid Vicious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Edward Lawrenson
The Big Issue
August 5, 2016
I think it's a near classic, well deserving of this rerelease.
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
August 5, 2016
The film stars Gary Oldman as Sid and Chloe Webb as Nancy, both dialled up to 11 on the acting-ometer, perhaps as manic and irritating as their characters were.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Stafford
Electric Sheep
August 5, 2016
An inventive and energetic raggedy thing, made with a wide screen chutzpah rare in British film, and held together by a committed charismatic lead couple.
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
August 4, 2016
The storyline is grim and morbid but is leavened by the humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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