The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys

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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
96%
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

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...

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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

5.0
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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

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...

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

[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.

4.0
0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

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.

4.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

A blast.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

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

0

All the good bits are shown in the trailer.

3.0
0

Crowe and Gosling are the perfect odd couple cop paring in this hilariously engaging crime mystery. Had my friends and I thoroughly entertained from start to finish.

5.0
0

Ok, this was fun, funny, and the actors gave some good body to it all. But man o man, it could have been 'Get Shorty' good if the script and story had cobbled together properly. Entertaining, on a bit by bit basis. Don't look past the scenes and you'll burn a few hours in an okay way. Think about it while you're in there and it will make you...

3.0
0

Can't believe this got 5 stars, was the reviewer on drugs?!!? It was lame from start to finish. It wasn't funny at all. Don't go see it. Waste of time and money.

1.0
0

The Nice Guys was too long and not entertaining. Russell Crowe has become a John Goodman lookalike without the humour and Ryan Gosling who I love played a mind-numbingly boring character. Having Hollands daughter seemed a useless plot point and added nothing to the movie - she seems only to be there for the shock factor for her use of crass language....

2.0
0

Good acting, witty script, lots of action. Had all the ingredients but the plot got too convoluted in the last quarter (& had a few flaws) & this quarter dragged on a bit too long. But still enjoyed going to see it. Should have been 20 minutes shorter with a tighter ending. Not a 5 star.

3.0
0

Great Actor s shame about the script and story line

1.0
0

I watch about 40 movies a year on the big screen. This mess is the worst I've seen in years. Ham script, ham acting, crude and pointless. Avoid.

1.0
0

I was disappointed given such good reviews. A few laughs at the beginning but overall very average. I wouldn't recommend to see at the movies. Perhaps I had high expectations given other good reviews...

3.0
0

Shane Black's 1970s set action comedy, The Nice Guys is one of the most entertaining movies of the year. The writing is on point. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe are terrific and have excellent chemistry. Fantastic production design and great action. If you loved Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, you'll have a lot of fun with The Nice Guys. Grade: A

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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...

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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

5.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

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...

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

[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.

4.0
0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

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.

4.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

A blast.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

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

0

All the good bits are shown in the trailer.

3.0
0

Crowe and Gosling are the perfect odd couple cop paring in this hilariously engaging crime mystery. Had my friends and I thoroughly entertained from start to finish.

5.0
0

Ok, this was fun, funny, and the actors gave some good body to it all. But man o man, it could have been 'Get Shorty' good if the script and story had cobbled together properly. Entertaining, on a bit by bit basis. Don't look past the scenes and you'll burn a few hours in an okay way. Think about it while you're in there and it will make you...

3.0
0

Can't believe this got 5 stars, was the reviewer on drugs?!!? It was lame from start to finish. It wasn't funny at all. Don't go see it. Waste of time and money.

1.0
0

The Nice Guys was too long and not entertaining. Russell Crowe has become a John Goodman lookalike without the humour and Ryan Gosling who I love played a mind-numbingly boring character. Having Hollands daughter seemed a useless plot point and added nothing to the movie - she seems only to be there for the shock factor for her use of crass language....

2.0
0

Good acting, witty script, lots of action. Had all the ingredients but the plot got too convoluted in the last quarter (& had a few flaws) & this quarter dragged on a bit too long. But still enjoyed going to see it. Should have been 20 minutes shorter with a tighter ending. Not a 5 star.

3.0
0

Great Actor s shame about the script and story line

1.0
0

I watch about 40 movies a year on the big screen. This mess is the worst I've seen in years. Ham script, ham acting, crude and pointless. Avoid.

1.0
0

I was disappointed given such good reviews. A few laughs at the beginning but overall very average. I wouldn't recommend to see at the movies. Perhaps I had high expectations given other good reviews...

3.0
0

Shane Black's 1970s set action comedy, The Nice Guys is one of the most entertaining movies of the year. The writing is on point. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe are terrific and have excellent chemistry. Fantastic production design and great action. If you loved Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, you'll have a lot of fun with The Nice Guys. Grade: A

5.0
0