• Unrated, 2 hr. 1 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Bernard Rose
    In Theaters:
    Jun 3, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Oct 11, 2011
  • SÚville Pictures

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Mr. Nice Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

I'd recommend the similar "Blow" first, and I didn't even like that movie much.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 29, 2011
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Overly relying on narration, Mr. Nice tells much more than it shows.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

September 12, 2011
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Though the film takes a while to cast its spell, writer-director-cinematographer Bernard Rose's close observation of Marks and those around him becomes increasingly involving and allows Rose to comment on the widespread failure of the war on drugs.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 11, 2011
Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
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The writer-director tells the story with verve and small-budget ingenuity.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 9, 2011
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Ifans looks 20 years too old for the part, and the problem with the movie is it seems so desperate to be made that it barely cares that he spends half of his time miscast.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

September 8, 2011
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix

Ultimately, Mr. Nice doesn't transcend its genre, but the title character is a bright addition to the cinematic rogues' gallery of charmers for whom the real high isn't the drugs or the cash, but the con.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

September 7, 2011
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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[Ifans] captures the character's charisma and cool, and it's fun to ride shotgun with him. But the script isn't pointed enough to drill beneath the surface.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 29, 2011
Shawn Levy
Oregonian

Marks may be a gas as a storyteller, but there's a long way between a string of anecdotes and an actual narrative film. And "Mr. Nice," for all its energy, doesn't make the transition.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C+

July 14, 2011
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

We're always ready to accept Ifans as a hedonistic daredevil.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

July 1, 2011
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Effortlessly captures the looks, attitudes and the various mentalities of the period from the late 1960s and early 1970s, through the transition from the hippie era into the Studio 54 days, followed by the Just-Say-No retrenchment of the 1980s.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

June 30, 2011
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Writer-director Bernard Rose lets the picture bop along a little too loosely, but the vibes are good.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

June 15, 2011
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine

what Mr. Nice offers is a stylish and fascinating biography that, while perhaps playing loose with the facts, knows that it's far more entertaining to watch the highs than the lows.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 8.3/10

June 10, 2011
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

The pattern dictates that what goes up must come down - hard. So, unfortunately, Bernard Rose's film about Howard Marks' life follows a predictable path.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

June 7, 2011
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

Mr. Nice lacks the unifying thematic rage, or drive, that might have tied the good moments into a coherent, satisfying whole.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

June 3, 2011
David Noh
Film Journal International

Drug dealer biopic wants to be a fun ride but is undone by hipper-than-thou direction and a maddeningly opaque central performance by Rhys Ifans.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

June 3, 2011
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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What we're left with is a sort of contact high, drifting gently over to our seats in the back row.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

June 3, 2011
Armond White
New York Press

Thewlis' great talent has been MIA since Mike Leigh's 1993 Naked but here he delivers a caricature of British cultural audacity that is so outrageously vivid it deserves the term Dickensian.

Full Review Source: New York Press

June 3, 2011
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Interesting, well-played characters come and go.

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

June 3, 2011
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com

seems to succeed in nothing as much as simplifying a grand, exciting life into a whiplash amusement park ride for cinephiles and drug connoisseurs.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

June 2, 2011
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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If "Mr. Nice," which was written and directed by Bernard Rose, is steadily watchable, it lopes along without building much tension.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

June 2, 2011
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