Downloading Nancy
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A self-destructive housewife takes what may be her final step into the abyss in this independent psychological drama. Nancy Stockwell (Maria Bello) is a woman edging into her forties who has fallen into a deep and prolonged state of depression, finding her only solace in self-inflicted pain. Nancy has grown weary of her relationship with her husband, Albert (Rufus Sewell), and one day he comes home from work to find a note in which Nancy says she's decided to visit an old friend for a few days. When Nancy doesn't call after several days, Albert begins to worry that something is wrong,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

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"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."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A chilly, bleak film about characters so programmatic that their plight is easy to shrug off."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Tortuous, painful, confusing, contrived. It's enough to put the viewer on the couch."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Director Johan Renck essentially builds Nancy and Albert's reality out of an aggregation of overwrought kitsch... and so what seem like occasional lapses into deadpan moments of fantasy aren't always productive in contrast. Heavily art directed for unplea"
‑ Karina Longworth, SpoutBlog
"An amazing example of talented actors doing their best to make something genuine of a complex concept but being betrayed by writers and a director who seem afraid to really let the film connect."
‑ Brian Tallerico, Movie Retriever
"Some suspense arises about just how far the woman's sickness will take her, but it's overwhelmed by the pointlessness of the story."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"For all the bad behavior on display, the emotional stakes remain hazily defined."
‑ Kevin Lee, Time Out New York
"Bello throws herself into Nancy admirably. Yet the film squanders her talents, and what's left of our patience, en route to a finale that is neither surprising nor illuminating: Like the rest of the movie, it's misery for misery's sake."
‑ Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner
"Boasts a raw, brave performance by Maria Bello and a stylish cinematography, but suffers from too much style over substance. Its dull, stilted screenplay has poorly developed characters and lacks any real suspense."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Maria Bello's courageous performance should find critical admiration but will not be enough for this spare and difficult drama to find much of an audience in its limited theatrical runs."
‑ Pete Hammond, Boxoffice Magazine
"Downloading Nancy is a nasty exploitation flick tarted up with art-house actors and psychobabble."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"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."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"A film that may be too heavy for its own good. Christopher Doyle fans will love it while tolerating the harshness of the story."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"Maria Bello and Jason Patric in a world of pain."
‑ Kurt Loder, MTV
"creates a deadening sense of ennui not through empathy or lived-in performances, but tedium."
‑ Jesse Hassenger,
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