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Mr. Nice (2010)

Country: UK, Spain

Genres: Biography, Comedy, Crime

Taglines: Most Wanted. Most Wasted.

Director: Bernard Rose

Writers: Bernard Rose, Howard Marks

Stars: Rhys Ifans, Chloƫ Sevigny, David Thewlis, Luis Tosar, ...

Mr Nice is the true life story of Howard Marks who was born into a coal mining family in South Wales in 1940's and then made it to Oxford University to study nuclear physics during the swinging sixties. With the help of fellow students, Marks built a worldwide marijuana smuggling network which became responsible for the majority of the drug smoked in the Western world during the 1970s and 1980s. Marks' adventures led him to have dealings with the CIA, PLO, IRA and the Mafia and he even became an MI6 agent himself for a period. Howard Marks is played by the brilliant Rhys Ivans, who won much acclaim for his portrayal of the folk hero.

80 | 2011-06-02 | Stephanie Zacharek

You don't have to believe all of it - or even any of it - to enjoy the rascally charms of Mr. Nice.
Read More: Movieline

75 | 2011-06-30 | Mick LaSalle

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.
Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

75 | 2011-06-03 | V.A. Musetto

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.
Read More: New York Post

70 | 2011-06-01 | Ben Mercer

Though told here with appealing drollness, Marks's story makes an odd vessel for the filmmakers' casually advanced legalization arguments, what with its mischief making on the grandest scale possible.
Read More: Village Voice

67 | 2011-06-02 | Noel Murray

The result is a film that's long and choppy, with little narrative momentum. And yet at times, Mr. Nice is frustratingly close to brilliant.
Read More: The A.V. Club

60 | 2011-06-03 | Elizabeth Weitzman

So what we're left with is a sort of contact high, drifting gently over to our seats in the back row.
Read More: New York Daily News

60 | 2011-06-02 | Stephen Holden

An affable throwback to those guilt-free days when hippie drug dealers radiated the glamorous aura of avant-garde heroes risking prison to spread the doctrine of liberation through cannabis.
Read More: The New York Times

60 | 2011-06-01 | Dan Jolin

A solid, often entertaining life-of-crimer which benefits from some stylistic touches and a faithful, convincing central performance.
Read More: Empire

58 | 2011-07-14 | Shawn Levy

The film is built as a series of (possibly tall) tales that don't add up to a plot, a theme or a purpose.
Read More: Portland Oregonian

50 | 2011-09-08 | Wesley Morris

There's too much narration and too many drug-movie cliches.
Read More: Boston Globe

50 | 2011-06-01 | Joe Leydon

Mildly amusing but overly discursive.
Read More: Variety

50 | 2011-05-31 | Chuck Bowen

Writer-director Bernard Rose effectively conjoures an atompshere of poetic stoned-1960s British rebellion, a feeling of woozy, intoxicating possibility that will not-so-eventually be squashed.
Read More: Slant Magazine

40 | 2011-06-05 | John P. McCarthy

Mr. Nice is hampered by tonal timidity and the inability to find a sufficiently entertaining through-line in Marks' life story.
Read More: Boxoffice Magazine

40 | 2011-05-31 | Eric Hynes

This boppy biopic pushes a wealth of outrageous incidents while never making anything resembling a point.
Read More: Time Out New York