Downloaded (2013)

"Downloaded" focuses on the advent of digital media sharing, including the rise of game-changing company Napster and controversial pioneers Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker. The digital revolution ultimately created a technology… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: June 21, 2013
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

As you watch the film, you'll be amazed how the world of the Internet turns the recent into the ancient: In a matter of only a few years, a world-changing digital event like Napster has become so last century.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

Winter can't get his arms around his material. He seems reluctant to pare anything, and his talking techie heads - Napster founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, along with a host of others - often make the same points, one after another.

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Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

Downloaded provides a robustly engaging overview of Napster's renegade birth and premature death rattle.

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Paul de Barros
Seattle Times

I found myself asking, "And so why am I being retold this hoary tale?"

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Andy Webster
New York Times

An independent Napster may be gone, but its impact reverberates, not least in the continuing threat to intellectual property.

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Brian Orndorf

Has a sharp pace that burns through the years, but there isn't much here that's new, with revelations minimal at best. Fanning continues to be a question mark.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

As iffy as the coulda-been premise is, "Downloaded" is still a vigorous retelling of Fanning's and Parker's wildfire achievement and its ethical pitfalls ...

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Director Alex Winter tracks the evolution of our tunes, and current glimpses of Fanning, especially, show how small revolutions can have larger, often disturbing, soundwaves.

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Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist

Downloaded often misses bigger picture viewpoints, and mostly sticks with the standard narrative about Napster we all know (though with a bit more behind-the-scenes detail).

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Mildly interesting. I do remember Napster. I wasn't a user myself, so that's why it's not overly riveting to me. I think it would be very… More
Everett Johnson
*** Here's a documentary by Alex Winter(yeah, Bill from "Bill and Ted) about the rise and fall of Napster. I'll never forget the first time I… More
John Ballantine
As with Napster itself, the film feels a little dated. Technology has moved on from that time in the late 90s/early 2000s when Napster rocked an industry. It is… More