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  • Summary: Based on the hugely successful autobiography of the same name, Mr Nice tells the incredible story of the life of Howard Marks, “the world’s most sophisticated drug smuggler”. (Contender Entertainment Group)
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jun 2, 2011
    You don't have to believe all of it - or even any of it - to enjoy the rascally charms of Mr. Nice.
  2. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Jun 3, 2011
    You don't have to be stoned to watch Mr. Nice, but it might help to be in the same state of mind as its real-life anti-hero, drug kingpin Howard Marks.
  3. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jun 30, 2011
    Rhys Ifans is an engaging protagonist, playing Marks as a passive and seemingly unflappable character whose iron nerve and ability to keep cool in a crisis get him out of more than one desperate situation.
  4. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    Jun 1, 2011
    A solid, often entertaining life-of-crimer which benefits from some stylistic touches and a faithful, convincing central performance.
  5. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Jul 14, 2011
    The film is built as a series of (possibly tall) tales that don't add up to a plot, a theme or a purpose.
  6. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Sep 8, 2011
    There's too much narration and too many drug-movie cliches.
  7. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    May 31, 2011
    This boppy biopic pushes a wealth of outrageous incidents while never making anything resembling a point.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. Sep 15, 2011
    Mr. Nice starts out with a bang. Howard's (Rhys Ifans) journey from scrappy student, to Cambridge outsider, to the drug trade is touching, hilarious, and exciting. Elsa Pataky (the local cop in "Fast Five"), by the way, is terrific - she needs to be in more starring roles. But the downward spiral from about halfway through to the end of the film is FAR too strung out. It needed to be edited way down. So yes, it's worth seeing, but it's a little too bloated for my taste. Expand
  2. Feb 9, 2013
    I don’t know whether it was deliberate or not, but I found the picture quality very poor. It may have been to make it look more like a period piece, but more likely it was the best the budget would allow. I thought Rhys Ifans did an excellent job, although he never seems to age all through the film! I loved the small part David Thewlis played; the mad-cap Irishman was just brilliant. As to the plot; well I found it far too sympathetic to Marks; not surprising since it was based on his book I hear you say. But I would have thought the filmmakers would have put a little balance in there; what effect did all the drugs he sold all over the world have? How many innocent lives were affected? All this seemed inconsequential and probably explains why, despite some excellent performances, the film didn’t perform very well both at the box office and also critically. For me, whilst I enjoyed the performances, I found it a little too self-indulgent.

    SteelMonster’s verdict: RECOMMENDED (…Just)

    My score: 5.8/10.