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Mr. Untouchable (2007)

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Critic Consensus: The sheer presence of the arrogant and charismatic Nicky Barnes makes Mr. Untouchable a compelling movie experience.

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The true-life story of a Harlem's notorious Nicky Barnes, a junkie turned multimillionaire drug-lord, "Mr. Untouchable" takes its audience deep inside the heroin industry of the 1970s. The most powerful black drug king pin in New York City history, Barnes came from humble beginnings to make himself and his comrades rich beyond their wildest dreams, ultimately reaching national infamy in 1977 when "The New York Times" put him on the front cover of their magazine with the headline "Mr. Untouchable." Soon after, it all came crumbling down, and facing a life sentence without parole, Barnes started naming names. With the first hand testimony from "the black Godfather" himself, this documentary tells an epic story of business, excess, greed and revenge.

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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (15)

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.

November 9, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

One seriously confused documentary.

November 6, 2007

What emerges is a portrait of a complex man.

October 26, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Sometimes persuasive and sometimes sadly comical, but always fascinating.

October 26, 2007 | Full Review…

It's not a pretty picture, but it sure is a compelling one.

October 26, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Mr. Untouchable is never dull.

October 26, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mr. Untouchable

Pretty boring documentary about Nicky Barnes. It had moments where it was somewhat entertaining, but those moments where few and far between. Watch American Gangster for a more entertaining experience and leave it at that.

Melvin White
Melvin White

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½

Good Documentary about the guys that ran drugs in Harlem in the 70s. A whole lot more entertaining and informative than American Gangster.

Keith Munley
Keith Munley

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