Mr. Untouchable Reviews

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 21, 2007
Marc Levin may avoid outright idol-worship, but any restraint exhibited by his film is disingenuous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com
December 19, 2007
Like much of the story of Harlem in the '70s, the truth is the least important part.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
October 25, 2007
Isn't an inside look at the men who ruled a city but just an excuse to collect 'Superfly,' 'Sexual Healing' and 'Let's Stay Together' on a soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 25, 2007
Marc Levin, whose last documentary, Protocols of Zion, was a gutsy examination of post-9/11 anti-Semitism, has an even tougher job on his hands with Leroy 'Nicky' Barnes: making the man interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
November 6, 2007
One seriously confused documentary.
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
October 27, 2007
A lackluster documentary that lionizes this creep while ignoring the damage that his distribution of drugs did to society and the many brutal murders he ordered.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 25, 2007
Nonjudgmental without being morally dense, the film makes human sense out of an inhuman example of addiction capitalism, '70s style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
August 9, 2010
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.
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
October 23, 2007
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 | Original Score: 7/10
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
October 25, 2007
It's fast and furious, and it proves that crime doesn't pay, unless you know how to do it right.
Brian Orndorf
eFilmCritic.com
October 26, 2007
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 | Original Score: B
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Jeff Johnson
Chicago Sun-Times
October 26, 2007
[Director] Levin skillfully mixes the Barnes interviews with news clippings, 1970s street scenes and the recollections of Mr. Untouchable's former associates.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
October 23, 2007
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.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 26, 2007
Mr. Untouchable is never dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
October 25, 2007
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 | Original Score: B
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 26, 2007
What emerges is a portrait of a complex man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
October 19, 2007
It gives the self-aggrandizing Barnes just enough celluloid to hang himself.
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
October 25, 2007
What is most intriguing in the film are the words, indeed the presence, of Barnes himself.
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Variety
February 23, 2012
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