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Mr. Nice Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 29, 2011
I'd recommend the similar "Blow" first, and I didn't even like that movie much.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
September 12, 2011
Overly relying on narration, Mr. Nice tells much more than it shows.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 11, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
September 9, 2011
The writer-director tells the story with verve and small-budget ingenuity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 8, 2011
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix
September 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 29, 2011
[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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Shawn Levy
July 14, 2011
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 | Original Score: C+
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
July 1, 2011
We're always ready to accept Ifans as a hedonistic daredevil.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 30, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 15, 2011
Writer-director Bernard Rose lets the picture bop along a little too loosely, but the vibes are good.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
June 10, 2011
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 | Original Score: 8.3/10
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
June 7, 2011
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.
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
June 3, 2011
Mr. Nice lacks the unifying thematic rage, or drive, that might have tied the good moments into a coherent, satisfying whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
June 3, 2011
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.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 3, 2011
What we're left with is a sort of contact high, drifting gently over to our seats in the back row.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Armond White
New York Press
June 3, 2011
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.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 3, 2011
Interesting, well-played characters come and go.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Cabin
June 2, 2011
seems to succeed in nothing as much as simplifying a grand, exciting life into a whiplash amusement park ride for cinephiles and drug connoisseurs.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 2, 2011
If "Mr. Nice," which was written and directed by Bernard Rose, is steadily watchable, it lopes along without building much tension.
| Original Score: 3/5
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