The Nice Guys

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The Nice Guys hearkens back to the buddy comedies of a bygone era while adding something extra courtesy of a knowing script and the irresistible chemistry of its leads.

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Shane Black (Iron Man 3) directs this police drama set in Los Angeles during the 1970s, and centering on a pair of detectives who stumble into a sprawling conspiracy while investigating the alleged suicide of a once-prominent female porn star. Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling top-line this Warner Bros. release that reunites Lethal Weapon scribe Black with that film's producer, Joel Silver. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast

Russell Crowe
as Jackson Healy
Ryan Gosling
as Holland March
Angourie Rice
as Holly March
Matt Bomer
as John Boy
Margaret Qualley
as Amelia Kuttner
Keith David
as Older Guy
Beau Knapp
as Blueface
Lois Smith
as Mrs. Glenn
Murielle Telio
as Misty Mountains
Gil Gerard
as Bergen Paulsen
Daisy Tahan
as Jessica
Kim Basinger
as Judith Kuttner
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Critic Reviews for The Nice Guys

All Critics (312) | Top Critics (55) | Fresh (287) | Rotten (25)

  • Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe are a good match in The Nice Guys. But writer-director Shane Black's screenplay seldom strikes fire.

    December 27, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The movie enjoys all the politically incorrect pleasures of the Seventies with a knowing chuckle.

    June 3, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • A defiantly old-school action comedy that delivers big where it really counts.

    June 2, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 25, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Nice Guys

  • Jul 30, 2017
    Endearing, entertaining and funny, but rife with silliness and excessive coincidence. Coen Brothers-esque.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2017
    Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, an ill-fitting duo at first glance, turn out to be quite a team in The Nice Guys. They're both hilarious, and Ryan Gosling shines in a funny departure from his typically dramatic roles. The film has the tone and attitude of a classic buddy-cop movie made popular years ago, which works very well. With that being said, it sometimes gives off the "been there, done that" vibe. It moves at a brisk pace, so it can be hard to keep up with the plot, so I can imagine it being rewarding after multiple viewings. This is a fun movie meant to be seen with a large group of friends.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2017
    Features everything there is to love about the buddy cop genre, and the nod at 80's culture was just the best icing on top you could ask for. I'm surprised Marsh's daughter isn't on the promotional images or the title because it might as well have been a 3-man show! Every laugh, punch, kick and gunshot is delivered with such excellence that it makes you forget the whole ordeal is a dated stereotype. It's almost amazing to enjoy such a well crafted buddy cop film in 2015 with all the elements you would expect from a classic. A truly great watch!
    Drake T Super Reviewer
  • Feb 15, 2017
    Written and directed by Shane Black, The Nice Guys is a fun and entertaining action-comedy. Set in the late '70s, a private detective and an enforcer team up to find a missing girl who starred in a porno and has become the target of a conspiracy that is killing everyone involved with the film. Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling deliver strong performances and have great chemistry together. And, child actress Angourie Rice is also quite impressive, giving the film some heart with a touching father/daughter relationship. Additionally, the costumes and sets do an extraordinary job at setting a retro '70s tone, as does the soundtrack. However, the storytelling is a little weak, as it's kind of hard to follow the plot and how everyone is involved. The Nice Guys, while it has some problems, is a clever and satirical film that delivers some good laughs.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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