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  • Release Date: Jun 21, 2013
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Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jun 26, 2013
    70
    Downloaded is still a vigorous retelling of Fanning's and Parker's wildfire achievement and its ethical pitfalls, even if there's little in the way of journalistic balance.
  2. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Jun 20, 2013
    70
    No one is as intriguing as the thoughtful, soft-spoken Mr. Fanning, a onetime idealist thwarted by the piracy label and the dated assumptions of a calcified communications infrastructure.
  3. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Jul 8, 2013
    67
    Winter's detail oriented approach does at least give the best recounting of Napster you're going to get, even if it's a biased one. And while some contrasting opinions would've been appreciated, Downloaded is still worth a click.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jun 20, 2013
    60
    A fascinating, alternate-universe look at the dawn of the music-sharing phenom — once a cause of concern in the industry, yet now a footnote to our all-digital music marketplace.
  5. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jun 20, 2013
    50
    Winter hits his stride detailing how the music bigwigs hung Napster out to dry, but couldn’t do a thing about their industry’s permanently altered business model. This exercise in recent nostalgia (the original Napster went bust in 2002) might have been better if the tart cynicism of that section had shown up earlier.
  6. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jun 18, 2013
    40
    The doc is only about as revealing as a middling magazine article on the subject.

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