Sid and Nancy
Sid and Nancy (1986)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 7, 1986
DVD Release Date: December 19, 2000
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89%
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76%


Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Visceral, energetic, and often very sad, Sid and Nancy is also a surprisingly touching love story, and Gary Oldman is outstanding as the late punk rock icon Sid Vicious.

Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

They are more than zombies doing needlepoint on each other's veins. Both are brought to life in complex, deeply felt performances from two actors who have abandoned themselves to enormously demanding and difficult roles.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

This is a love story -- an unlikely, perverse, disturbing love story, but a genuine one.

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Kevin Harley
Total Film

Cox doesn't just plot an obvious decline: things do get grim, but he makes you care as you also despair for punk's cracked casualties.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Sid & Nancy is an honorable try, but it could have been better had Cox found a way to imbue the movie with some of the sheer zaniness of his Repo Man.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Just a teensy bit tiresome: two addled junkies falling about and bellowing at each other for 112 long minutes.

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

Even if "Sid and Nancy" doesn't quite represent the imperfect perfection in which punk music so often traffics, Alex Cox's confident visual symbolism -combined with Chloe Webb & Gary Oldman's performances -grant it piercing volume and knotty shape.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Once we sense a glimmer of talent and accept these people as human beings, the tragedy of their drug use resonates enormously.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Sid and Nancy is the definitive pic on the punk phenomenon.

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Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman

Sid and Nancy has some claim on being the finest British film of the 1980s.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Fully invested with all the hormones of youth, drugged up past all rationale, famous and infamous and not giving much of two fucks, this is a love story and a… More
Graham Jones
An amazing ride through the short life of the Sex Pistols and Sid Vicious featuring Gary Oldman in one of the best performances I've seen.
jay nixon
Good acting but relentlessly despairing.
Spencer S.
Most biopics of this era focus on the gritty disgust of self hatred and consequential drug use, but also feature the glamour and intrigue of being the most… More
Alex roy
Biopics are always wonderful because we get to see an interesting character brought to life through film. In the case of this film, it is Sid Vicious, the… More
Tim Sigur
I really don't appreciate the punk culture, so this is probably why I didn't enjoy it as much as a true Sid Vicious fan would. I was impressed with… More