• R, 1 hr. 32 min.
  • Documentary
  • Directed By:
    Marc Levin
    In Theaters:
    Oct 26, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 29, 2008
  • Magnolia Pictures

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Mr. Untouchable Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2011
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au

If it casts a slightly too favourable eye over the subject and his social impact, you can't begrudge the director his understanding of and affection for the period and its people.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au

August 9, 2010
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

The principle at issue may not be plain to everyone, but "to those people inside the system of values, that's totally acceptable."

Full Review Source: PopMatters

November 14, 2007
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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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 Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

November 9, 2007
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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What emerges is a portrait of a complex man.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

October 26, 2007

New York Magazine/Vulture
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Sometimes persuasive and sometimes sadly comical, but always fascinating.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

October 26, 2007
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Levin was clearly captivated by the sheer spectacle of Barnes' career.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 26, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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It's not a pretty picture, but it sure is a compelling one.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

October 26, 2007
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Mr. Untouchable is never dull.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

October 26, 2007
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Less a dispassionate examination than a celebratory infomercial on its central character.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

October 26, 2007
Jeff Johnson
Chicago Sun-Times
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[Director] Levin skillfully mixes the Barnes interviews with news clippings, 1970s street scenes and the recollections of Mr. Untouchable's former associates.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 26, 2007
Brian Orndorf
eFilmCritic.com

On its own, Mr. Untouchable is a solid education on a specific period of time reigned over by a demon who willingly spread sickness to line his pockets.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: B

October 26, 2007
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

What is most intriguing in the film are the words, indeed the presence, of Barnes himself.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

October 25, 2007
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Legendary '70s heroin kingpin Leroy "Nicky" Barnes is filmed like a deposed king in exile in Mr. Untouchable, Marc Levin's slick look at one of New York's most notorious criminal masterminds.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

October 25, 2007
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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It's fast and furious, and it proves that crime doesn't pay, unless you know how to do it right.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 25, 2007
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Nonjudgmental without being morally dense, the film makes human sense out of an inhuman example of addiction capitalism, '70s style.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 25, 2007
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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A fascinating first-person account of drug kingpin and ruthless gangster Nicky Barnes, whose outrageous story of rise, rule, rage, and revenge requires no such stylistic filler.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 23, 2007
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net

Marc Levin's biggest coup was actually finding Barnes and having him tell his story in his own words, which is ultimately the most interesting part of the movie

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 7/10

October 23, 2007
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

It gives the self-aggrandizing Barnes just enough celluloid to hang himself.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

October 19, 2007
Mark Holcomb
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011

Variety
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