Sid & Nancy
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Punk rock's first great embodiment of the motto "live fast and die young," Sid Vicious joined The Sex Pistols when they were already established as the most controversial rock band in British history; and it soon became apparent that he couldn't play his instrument, had a magnetic attraction to chaos, and possessed a dangerous thirst for booze, drugs, and violence. Sid & Nancy opens shortly after Sid (Gary Oldman) joined the band, when he meets an obnoxious American punk groupie named Nancy Spungen (Chloe Webb). Nancy claims that she can get drugs, and Sid naively gives her… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"Sid and Nancy is the definitive pic on the punk phenomenon."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It's not every film maker who credits special thanks to both Luis Bunuel and Dee Dee Ramone, but then Mr. Cox doesn't fit any recognizable mold."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Oldman's mid-film music-video performance of 'My Way' before a neon staircase compares favorably-as a revelation of character through performance-to Robert De Niro's framing monologues in Raging Bull. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The film's crowning achievement is depicting the soul-sucking toll that drugs take on the talented and the naive. Eventually, drugs replace the people they were, and they turn into mere vessels to an all-consuming craving. They become their addiction."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"Alex Cox's best film by far."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A few too many moralistic foreshadowings, but most of the time Cox's situations and characters develop on their own eloquently entropic terms."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"[Cox] and his actors pull off the neat trick of creating a movie full of noise and fury, and telling a meticulous story right in the middle of it."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Forget Jack and Rose; forget Doctor Zhivago and Larissa; forget Lady and the Tramp. This love story between Sid and Nancy is one of the most fascinating ones you'll ever see."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Despite the downward spiral of these two lives, the film never loses its drive or passion; it never wallows in the misery."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A kick-your-teeth-in salute to Punkdom's self-immolating First Couple."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Why then should anyone of sane disposition wish to see the film? Because it is still a love story, and a very touching one at that."
‑ , Time Out
"The only thing that is sustained in Sid and Nancy is a tone of clinical disinterest that leaves you asking why Cox would want to make a movie about them."
‑ Paul Attanasio, Washington Post
"...the ultimate punk rock movie,brilliantly crafted, cinematic magic."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Like Sid, this is flawed but fascinating."
‑ , Film4
"An amazing movie"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
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