As recorded in the great wealth of documentary footage Ofteringer has assembled, the cheekbones slowly collapse and the blue eyes become watery, their owner becoming more and more dependent on hard drugs and fast living.
Bruce Diones, New Yorker
With extraordinary technique, Ofteringer paints a moody, melancholy picture of a legend who decayed into the ghost of herself.
Stephen Holden, New York Times
That voyeuristic fascination with doomed glamour is one of the guilty pleasures of Susanne Ofteringer's utterly haunting documentary film, Nico Icon.
Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
Nico-Icon is more than the investigation of a doomed celebrity: It's also a mirror reflecting her friends, her audience and pop culture.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
The movie has no moral or message, does not attempt to rehabilitate Nico as an anti-heroine, and finds mostly emptiness and sadness in her life. I have a feeling Nico would have enjoyed it.
Pat Kramer, Boxoffice Magazine
Nico Icon is a powerful, often disturbing portrayal of a woman haunted by her elevation to icon status for little more than her physical attributes.
Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
This picture is a mess. It never presents a compelling case of why we should care about Nico.
Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner
Nico, the beautiful heroin-addicted, one-time model and actress turned pop singer, is a strange subject for a documentary. Director Susanne Ofteringer took the strangeness and ran with it.
Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
Catching a look at what took a gorgeous kid, full of life, into a rare freak show is certainly worth a look.
Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
Nico Icon tells us more than we ever knew about this pop star yet manages to leave the mysterious reflecting pool that will forever be Nico intact.