Who Killed Nancy?
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12th October 1978. Room 100, the Chelsea Hotel - a faded 19th century fašade masking, a clientele of junkies. The floor of the tiny en-suite bathroom is covered in blood. And, slumped between the toilet and the sink is the body of a woman, peroxide blonde in black bra and panties. She is Nancy Spungen, a twenty year old, heroin addicted, former stripper, prostitute and groupie. She also has the accolade of being Sid Vicious' girlfriend, to add to her crimes! A trail of blood leads to the bedroom where an NYPD detective - watched by his partner and six uniform officers - is slapping the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It plants resonant doubts."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Documentary about the death of Nancy Spungen raises more questions than it can satisfactorily answer."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"The film is as much about who killed Sid Vicious as who killed Nancy Spungen, but an enthralling and touching story all around."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"An account that didn't alter my belief that, of all the rock stars who have died young, the Sex Pistols' bassist-cum-mascot is the least interesting."
‑ Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)
"More than just third hand testimonials from desperate liggers, Parker paints a portrait of the murky side of punk."
‑ Matt Bochenski, Little White Lies
"Fails as a detective story, but it does offer an entertaining look at the punk scene in the 1970s."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Despite the presence of Glen Matlock, Steve Dior and a handful of other punk rockers, plus a slew of oblique eyewitness who lurked around before and after the fact, the docu soon bogs down in tiresome minutiae."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Cheesy exploitation punk rock history takes a random path around the mystery of Nancy Spungen's death..."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"A messy, mildly interesting documentary."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"For an exposÚ very little is actually revealed, but as a neon-lit trawl through '70s New York, it's worth a look."
‑ Philip Wilding, Empire Magazine
"Cares less about investigating a death than about vindicating an accused killer."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Simply casting doubts isn't the same as making a compelling counterargument -- or crafting a coherent film."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"While Parker may be a sure hand at gathering material, he's pretty much clueless when it comes to shaping his findings into an aesthetically viable product."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
"It's a sad story: but more rigorous detective work could have been done."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A very watchable but frustratingly inconclusive investigation into a classic punk whodunit."
‑ Jamie McLeish, Film4
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