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Mr. Nice Reviews

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Noel Murray
AV Club
June 2, 2011
Though it's all over the map, tonally and thematically, Mr. Nice succeeds at showing how illegality breeds illegality.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Stephanie Zacharek
Movieline
June 2, 2011
As a portrait of a charming rapscallion and entrepreneur, Mr. Nice serves admirably.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
June 1, 2011
This boppy biopic pushes a wealth of outrageous incidents while never making anything resembling a point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Benjamin Mercer
Village Voice
May 31, 2011
Though told here with appealing drollness, Marks's story makes an odd vessel for the filmmakers' casually advanced legalization arguments, what with its mischief making on the grandest scale possible.

Film4
October 13, 2010
It's a pleasant enough trip, man, with a likeable performance from shambly old Rhys Ifans in the title role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
October 11, 2010
For a man motivated as much by a craving for excitement as cash, the picture about his life is, ironically, a yawn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 11, 2010
Mr Nice feels like it's supposed to be a farce, but it's never funny or engaging enough to succeed on that level, and nor is it hard-hitting enough to work as a serious exploration of the drug running...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
October 8, 2010
Rhys Ifans is simply too charmless to play Marks, and director Bernard Rose's plodding screenplay is torn between making this an Ealing-style romp (but it isn't funny) and a human interest story with a sympathetic hero (except he isn't).
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
October 8, 2010
Directed by Bernard Rose, it's a cleverly assembled character study with a decent turn from Ifans, a seatof-your-pants plot and some nicely observed period detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
October 8, 2010
The screen version of Mr Nice makes his story seem rather pedestrian and the second half of the film becomes repetitive as Howard plays cat and mouse with the authorities.
Anthony Quinn
Independent
October 8, 2010
Based on the memoirs of Welsh drug-trafficker Howard Marks, this tale of a louche life is rather like its subject -- tall, self-indulgent and rather windy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
October 8, 2010
It feels like a halfway house towards mainstream recovery for a career blighted by studio frustration, but it offers something close to a career-best opportunity for Rhys Ifans...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Glasby
Total Film
October 7, 2010
A faithful, fun but flawed adaptation of a shaggy-haired, shaggydog story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 7, 2010
It is a very English tale of a bumbling drug empire built almost by accident. You have to take it with a pinch of salt: but it's entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Shelley Jones
Little White Lies
October 7, 2010
Die-hard Howard Marks fans and students will delight in this homage, but it's one that assumes a little too much complicity.
| Original Score: 2/5
Damon Wise
Radio Times
October 7, 2010
It makes a change to see a movie about criminality that doesn't romanticise male bonding and violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dan Jolin
Empire Magazine
October 6, 2010
A solid, often entertaining life-of-crimer which benefits from some stylistic touches and a faithful, convincing central performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Walters
Time Out
October 6, 2010
This adaptation of Marks's autobiography -- a student staple throughout the land -- struggles to capture the sheer breadth of his life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
October 6, 2010
It has the vibe and feel of a Roger Moore spy outing, and that's what makes it a fun if slightly uneven ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
October 6, 2010
Just because an outlaw pays his debt to society, it doesn't make him a hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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