Mr. Nice
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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 dealers. Marks and the dealer struck up a friendship as he became an enthusiastic customer, and a few years later, when plans to bring a large cache of hashish into England via Germany went haywire, Marks stepped in to help and was introduced to a circle of big league marijuana traffickers. Mr. Nice was adapted from the autobiography by the real-life Howard… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

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"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."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"[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."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"I'd recommend the similar "Blow" first, and I didn't even like that movie much."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Marks may be a gas as a storyteller, but there's a long way between a string of anecdotes and an actual narrative film. And "Mr. Nice," for all its energy, doesn't make the transition."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"The pattern dictates that what goes up must come down - hard. So, unfortunately, Bernard Rose's film about Howard Marks' life follows a predictable path."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"The writer-director tells the story with verve and small-budget ingenuity."
‑ Mark Jenkins, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Overly relying on narration, Mr. Nice tells much more than it shows."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"We're always ready to accept Ifans as a hedonistic daredevil."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Mr. Nice lacks the unifying thematic rage, or drive, that might have tied the good moments into a coherent, satisfying whole."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Writer-director Bernard Rose lets the picture bop along a little too loosely, but the vibes are good."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ Betsy Sherman, Boston Phoenix
"what Mr. Nice offers is a stylish and fascinating biography that, while perhaps playing loose with the facts, knows that it's far more entertaining to watch the highs than the lows."
‑ Sean Gandert, Paste Magazine
"Drug dealer biopic wants to be a fun ride but is undone by hipper-than-thou direction and a maddeningly opaque central performance by Rhys Ifans."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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