Mr. Untouchable (2007)



Critic Consensus: The sheer presence of the arrogant and charismatic Nicky Barnes makes Mr. Untouchable a compelling movie experience.

Movie Info

The true-life story of a Harlem's notorious Nicky Barnes, a junkie turned multimillionaire drug-lord, "Mr. Untouchable" takes its audience deep inside the heroin industry of the 1970s. The most powerful black drug king pin in New York City history, Barnes came from humble beginnings to make himself and his comrades rich beyond their wildest dreams, ultimately reaching national infamy in 1977 when "The New York Times" put him on the front cover of their magazine with the headline "Mr. … More

Rating: R (for pervasive drug content, strong language, some violent images and brief nudity)
Genre: Documentary
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On DVD: Jan 29, 2008
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Untouchable

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (16)

Does the movie glorify Barnes and his nefarious profession? Probably, but show me a movie about the drug trade that doesn't hook us first with guts and glamour before the moralizing fall.

Full Review… | November 9, 2007
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

One seriously confused documentary.

Full Review… | November 6, 2007
Top Critic

What emerges is a portrait of a complex man.

Full Review… | October 26, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

Sometimes persuasive and sometimes sadly comical, but always fascinating.

Full Review… | October 26, 2007
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

It's not a pretty picture, but it sure is a compelling one.

Full Review… | October 26, 2007
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Mr. Untouchable is never dull.

Full Review… | October 26, 2007
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mr. Untouchable

Pretty boring documentary about Nicky Barnes. It had moments where it was somewhat entertaining, but those moments where few and far between. Watch American Gangster for a more entertaining experience and leave it at that.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer


Good Documentary about the guys that ran drugs in Harlem in the 70s. A whole lot more entertaining and informative than American Gangster.

Keith Munley

Super Reviewer

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