Mr. Untouchable
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The true-life story of a Harlem's notorious Nicky Barnes, a junkie turned multimillionaire drug-lord, "Mr. Untouchable" takes its audience deep inside the heroin industry of the 1970s. The most powerful black drug king pin in New York City history, Barnes came from humble beginnings to make himself and his comrades rich beyond their wildest dreams, ultimately reaching national infamy in 1977 when "The New York Times" put him on the front cover of their magazine with the headline "Mr. Untouchable." Soon after, it all came crumbling down, and facing a life… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Does the movie glorify Barnes and his nefarious profession? Probably, but show me a movie about the drug trade that doesn't hook us first with guts and glamour before the moralizing fall."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Sometimes persuasive and sometimes sadly comical, but always fascinating."
‑ , New York Magazine/Vulture
"If it casts a slightly too favourable eye over the subject and his social impact, you can't begrudge the director his understanding of and affection for the period and its people."
‑ Simon Foster,
"A lackluster documentary that lionizes this creep while ignoring the damage that his distribution of drugs did to society and the many brutal murders he ordered."
‑ Tony Medley, Tolucan Times
"What is most intriguing in the film are the words, indeed the presence, of Barnes himself."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"One seriously confused documentary."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"It's not a pretty picture, but it sure is a compelling one."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Like much of the story of Harlem in the '70s, the truth is the least important part."
‑ Bill Gibron,
"Levin was clearly captivated by the sheer spectacle of Barnes' career."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Isn't an inside look at the men who ruled a city but just an excuse to collect 'Superfly,' 'Sexual Healing' and 'Let's Stay Together' on a soundtrack."
‑ Matt Pais,
"What emerges is a portrait of a complex man."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Mr. Untouchable is never dull."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The principle at issue may not be plain to everyone, but "to those people inside the system of values, that's totally acceptable.""
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"On its own, Mr. Untouchable is a solid education on a specific period of time reigned over by a demon who willingly spread sickness to line his pockets."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
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