Downloading Nancy
Downloading Nancy (2008)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 21, 2008
DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010
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Critic Score: 16% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Unseemly, unsettling, and unremittingly bleak, Downloading Nancy is slickly made but mostly unpleasant.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

A chilly, bleak film about characters so programmatic that their plight is easy to shrug off.

Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Tortuous, painful, confusing, contrived. It's enough to put the viewer on the couch.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Some suspense arises about just how far the woman's sickness will take her, but it's overwhelmed by the pointlessness of the story.

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Kevin B. Lee
Time Out

For all the bad behavior on display, the emotional stakes remain hazily defined.

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Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner

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.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Downloading Nancy is a nasty exploitation flick tarted up with art-house actors and psychobabble.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

A film that may be too heavy for its own good. Christopher Doyle fans will love it while tolerating the harshness of the story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
Most films that explore sadomasochism do so in ways that can still be appealing and alluring to an audience comprised of people with relatively normal,… More
Walter M.
In "Downloading Nancy," Nancy(Maria Bello) is a housewife who has been married to Albert(Rufus Sewell) for fifteen years. One day, she leaves home on… More
Eric S
First of all, this film is by no means a feel good, popcorn popping piece of cinema. It's a rather dark, disturbing tale shot in quite dismal premises to… More
nefnie lee
I knew going in not to expect a feel-good movie. Everything about this movie - the way it's filmed, the characters, the dreary decor, and its story - is… More
Glenn Gaylord
A tough sit - very good performance from Maria Bello - but man is this dreary, slow, dark stuff. After a while, you just want to scream at the screen,… More
Daisy Maduro
This film is very hard to watch but it is a very well made and it allows us into the world of a woman fighting with pain. It seems we're much more in dept… More