The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys

Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe are an odd-couple forced to team up in 1970s Los Angeles in Shane Black's black crime comedy. The writer/director has described it as a spiritual sequel to his own Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

Down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired leg-breaker Jackson Healy (Crowe) work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.

2016Rating: R16, Violence, nudity, sex scenes & offensive language116 minsUSA
ComedyCrimeMysteryThriller

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The Nice Guys / Reviews

Flicks, Dominic Corry

Flicks, Dominic Corry

In a mainstream cinema landscape that often seems driven by concession – to the studio, the investors, the marketers, the distributors, certain demographics, the foreign market, the domestic market, the Stone Cutters – there are few things more satisfying than seeing a populist filmmaker getting to do exactly what he wants on a large canvas.

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Variety

Variety

An ultra-violent burlesque, the sort of cheerfully hostile buddy bash that’s been a staple since the ’80s, only this one is singularly clever about its own triviality...

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Time Out

Time Out

Ryan Gosling in a physical action-comedy? Whoever thought of the idea should be crowned genius of the year.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

Think of The Nice Guys as candy noir: all the key ingredients from mysteries such as Chinatown and The Long Goodbye poured into a tall glass, then topped up with sugar syrup...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Even nostalgic nonsense requires more than attitude and energy, which is all that Mr. Black has to offer. And despite all its restless detective work... is unable to track down a soul or a reason for being.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

[Black] creates some outrageously contrived and protracted shootouts and one or two good old fashioned action explosions. But he also keeps the dialogue cracking along.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

They both have a keen feel for the throwaway line and Crowe's bearishness is a nice counterpoint to Gosling's doomed attempts to stay ahead of the game.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

There are even times when Black seems to be letting Crowe and Gosling make the whole thing up as they go along. Not a bad thing.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Though the plot here may be a confusing, multi-threaded mess ... it's occasionally offset by the exuberance with which Black blends splatter and slapstick, and the leeway he grants his two very game leads.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

Gosling and Crowe have a surprisingly fizzy, ferret-and-bull chemistry, and the hedonistic Me Decade setting is groovy...

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