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Mr. Untouchable Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
November 14, 2007
The principle at issue may not be plain to everyone, but "to those people inside the system of values, that's totally acceptable."
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
November 9, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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New York Magazine/Vulture
October 26, 2007
Sometimes persuasive and sometimes sadly comical, but always fascinating.
October 26, 2007
Levin was clearly captivated by the sheer spectacle of Barnes' career.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 26, 2007
It's not a pretty picture, but it sure is a compelling one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 26, 2007
Less a dispassionate examination than a celebratory infomercial on its central character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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
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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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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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.
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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.
| 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.
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
| Original Score: 7/10
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
October 19, 2007
It gives the self-aggrandizing Barnes just enough celluloid to hang himself.
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Variety
February 23, 2012
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