Mr. Nice
Mr. Nice (2011)

Howard Marks (Rhys Ifans) was a young Welshman studying at Oxford when he discovered there was something unusual about his dorm room -- it had a secret passageway that led to a storage space used by one of the school's top marijuana… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: June 3, 2011
DVD Release Date: October 11, 2011
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Though the film takes a while to cast its spell, writer-director-cinematographer Bernard Rose's close observation of Marks and those around him becomes increasingly involving and allows Rose to comment on the widespread failure of the war on drugs.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

[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.

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

I'd recommend the similar "Blow" first, and I didn't even like that movie much.

Mark Jenkins
Washington Post

The writer-director tells the story with verve and small-budget ingenuity.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Effortlessly captures the looks, attitudes and the various mentalities of the period from the late 1960s and early 1970s, through the transition from the hippie era into the Studio 54 days, followed by the Just-Say-No retrenchment of the 1980s.

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Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Overly relying on narration, Mr. Nice tells much more than it shows.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

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.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Writer-director Bernard Rose lets the picture bop along a little too loosely, but the vibes are good.

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Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix

Ultimately, Mr. Nice doesn't transcend its genre, but the title character is a bright addition to the cinematic rogues' gallery of charmers for whom the real high isn't the drugs or the cash, but the con.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Howard Marks: A dealer is really just someone who buys more dope than he can smoke. And I have to say, I'm ashamed, I tried to smoke it all. There was just… More
Walter M.
As Howard Marks(Rhys Ifans) tells his rapt audience, his high intelligence allowed him to not only escape regular school beatings and rugby but also his… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"43 Aliases. 89 Phone Lines. This is the Story of Howard Marks."</i> Based on the hugely successful autobiography of the same name,… More
Panta Oz
First a little warning: DO NOT WATCH A MOVIE IF YOU READ THE BOOK - YOU'LL BE DISSAPOINTED! Mr. Nice is a film about Howard Marks, a guy who was smart,… More
Daniel Mumby
Western cinema is often accused of presenting a 'Hollywood version' of reality, glamorising the gritty and turning the important into the frivolous.… More
Lesley N
Rambling story of the life and times of Mr Marks, dope dealer and gentleman and almost a British icon, as played by Rhys Ifans, fellow welshman. Amiably… More