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Mr. Nice Reviews

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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
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
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
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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
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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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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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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
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
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
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
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
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