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Mr. Nice Reviews

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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
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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
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.
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
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
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
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
Robbie Collin
News of the World
October 3, 2010
A bit weedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
September 12, 2011
Overly relying on narration, Mr. Nice tells much more than it shows.
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
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
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
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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
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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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+
Matthew Turner
October 6, 2010
Frequently repetitive and surprisingly boring, Mr Nice fails to really get to grips with its subject and is ultimately something of a disappointment, despite a superb central performance from Rhys Ifans.
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
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Joe Leydon
March 18, 2010
Mildly amusing but overly discursive.
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 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.
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.
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