The Nice Guys Reviews

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December 27, 2016
Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe are a good match in The Nice Guys. But writer-director Shane Black's screenplay seldom strikes fire.
June 3, 2016
As buddy movies go, it has enough irreverence and originality never just to seem like a cynical rehash of a kind of film that has been made countless times before.
June 3, 2016
The movie enjoys all the politically incorrect pleasures of the Seventies with a knowing chuckle.
June 2, 2016
A defiantly old-school action comedy that delivers big where it really counts.
May 25, 2016
Black has a potent weapon in Gosling, who's at his zaniest here, his moist eyes and drooping moustache evoking the 1990s Nicolas Cage.
May 25, 2016
The Nice Guys is very much in the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang vein - part thriller, part spoof. And Crowe and Gosling turn out to be very funny, embellishing their performances with some noteworthy '70s fashion items.
May 22, 2016
Gosling makes an excellent alcoholic fall guy, Crowe, although quite a tub nowadays, is as enthusiastic a thumper as ever.
May 21, 2016
For those attuned to its amiably sleazy vibe and sudden alternations between violence and slapstick, it offers a guiltily pleasurable way to pass an evening.
May 20, 2016
The Nice Guys has a nice feel: just slick enough to keep from falling apart, just brutal enough to keep from seeming inconsequential.
May 20, 2016
Why see this film? Partly because of the leading men, but mainly because of a girl.
Top Critic
May 20, 2016
It has the byzantine plot of an L.A. noir, but races through it with the breathless energy of Black's other work.
May 20, 2016
You won't see Captain America and Iron Man squaring off at an airport, but you do get Russell Crowe breaking Ryan Gosling's arm and then cheerfully downing a Yoo-hoo.
May 20, 2016
It's all delightfully fizzy, bloody fun - even if there's the teeniest, tiniest hint of sequel ambitions.
May 20, 2016
"The Nice Guys" flies high on the chemistry between Gosling and Crowe, and Black gives them plenty to chew on. It's a gourmet summer treat. Nice, guys.
May 19, 2016
It creates great on-screen chemistry between Gosling and Crowe - as brute adversaries who partner up as private eyes to solve a criminal conspiracy. And it blows your mind with its sense of absurdity - even while making the crime caper count.
May 19, 2016
Because this is set in Los Angeles in the 1970s, we're supposed to think back to Chinatown and The Long Goodbye and excuse the opaque plot, around which Black's eccentric gags float like seasoned croutons in bland soup.
May 19, 2016
For a movie predicated on slapstick forward momentum, we spend an awful lot of time driving backward.
May 19, 2016
Though the plot here may be a confusing, multi-threaded mess ... it's occasionally offset by the exuberance with which Black blends splatter and slapstick, and the leeway he grants his two very game leads.
May 19, 2016
It freshens the odd-couple formula with some nice period and father-daughter twists.
May 19, 2016
Everything has its own illogic in "The Nice Guys," a consistently entertaining, frequently violent and generally slapdash action comedy directed by Shane Black.
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