New York Times - 10/03/1986
"...A sordid, intentionally ugly and sometimes unexpectedly beautiful film....Played vividly by [Oldman and Webb]..."
Film Comment - 01/01/1987
"...Ghastly but funny..."
Total Film - 03/01/2001
"...This is Cox at his most accessible and consistent..."
Rolling Stone - 11/27/2003
"...They're a fabulous disaster, one of the screen's sickest romances..."
Sight and Sound - 08/01/2005
"[T]he film is an unsparing -- and also touching -- account of their destructive relationship."
Empire - 03/01/2009 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he performances, especially Oldman's bravura turn stave off the misery, and Cox's direction is anarchic with a splash of art..."
A.V. Club - 02/01/2012
"Webb captures the vulnerability -- and possible madness -- beneath Spungen's shrill exterior, while Oldman, in his breakout performance, brings to the surface the insecurity of his character..." -- Grade: B
Alex Cox's riveting biopic tells the bleak, heroin-drenched story of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his disturbed American girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. Gary Oldman delivers a bravura performance as Sid, matched by Chloe Webb's grating, clearly unhinged Nancy. The two lovers' childlike tenderness with each other contrasts sharply with their bleak, violent nihilism, and while the script implies that Nancy's death was accidental, the line between intention and accident is deliberately blurred. By turns romantic and horrific, SID & NANCY is often grueling to watch, but always compelling.
This followup to Cox's cult hit REPO MAN was another critical success, showing that the director was as comfortable with reality-based material as with the satirical fantasy of his first feature. His romantic vision draws us in while throwing us back in time to London and New York at the inception of the drug-laden British punk era. The film's dreamlike style and a hypnotic score dramatize the schism between Sid and Nancy's world and the world around them--and the inevitable horror when those worlds collide.
Director Alex Cox's acclaimed second feature tells the bleak, heroin-filled story of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his catastrophic love affair with the self-destructive Nancy Spungen. Masterfully portrayed by Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb, the two lovers exhibit a childlike tenderness with each other that contrasts sharply with their bleak, violent nihilism. The result is an oddly romantic view of the early days of the punk era and a visually stunning tale of punk rock, drugs, devotion, and inevitable early death.
Character Study |
Cult Film |
Essential Cinema |
Love Story |
Punk Rock |
Road To Ruin |
Substance Abuse |
Theatrical Release |
Theatrical Release: November 7, 1986.
Sid Vicious died from an overdose of heroin February 2, 1979.