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The Nice Guys Reviews

December 27, 2016
Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe are a good match in The Nice Guys. But writer-director Shane Black's screenplay seldom strikes fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 3, 2016
As buddy movies go, it has enough irreverence and originality never just to seem like a cynical rehash of a kind of film that has been made countless times before.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 3, 2016
The movie enjoys all the politically incorrect pleasures of the Seventies with a knowing chuckle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 2, 2016
A defiantly old-school action comedy that delivers big where it really counts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 25, 2016
Black has a potent weapon in Gosling, who's at his zaniest here, his moist eyes and drooping moustache evoking the 1990s Nicolas Cage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 25, 2016
The Nice Guys is very much in the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang vein - part thriller, part spoof. And Crowe and Gosling turn out to be very funny, embellishing their performances with some noteworthy '70s fashion items.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 22, 2016
Gosling makes an excellent alcoholic fall guy, Crowe, although quite a tub nowadays, is as enthusiastic a thumper as ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 21, 2016
For those attuned to its amiably sleazy vibe and sudden alternations between violence and slapstick, it offers a guiltily pleasurable way to pass an evening.
May 20, 2016
The Nice Guys has a nice feel: just slick enough to keep from falling apart, just brutal enough to keep from seeming inconsequential.
May 20, 2016
Why see this film? Partly because of the leading men, but mainly because of a girl.
Top Critic
May 20, 2016
It has the byzantine plot of an L.A. noir, but races through it with the breathless energy of Black's other work.
May 20, 2016
You won't see Captain America and Iron Man squaring off at an airport, but you do get Russell Crowe breaking Ryan Gosling's arm and then cheerfully downing a Yoo-hoo.
May 20, 2016
It's all delightfully fizzy, bloody fun - even if there's the teeniest, tiniest hint of sequel ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 20, 2016
"The Nice Guys" flies high on the chemistry between Gosling and Crowe, and Black gives them plenty to chew on. It's a gourmet summer treat. Nice, guys.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 19, 2016
It creates great on-screen chemistry between Gosling and Crowe - as brute adversaries who partner up as private eyes to solve a criminal conspiracy. And it blows your mind with its sense of absurdity - even while making the crime caper count.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 19, 2016
Because this is set in Los Angeles in the 1970s, we're supposed to think back to Chinatown and The Long Goodbye and excuse the opaque plot, around which Black's eccentric gags float like seasoned croutons in bland soup.
May 19, 2016
For a movie predicated on slapstick forward momentum, we spend an awful lot of time driving backward.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 19, 2016
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.
May 19, 2016
It freshens the odd-couple formula with some nice period and father-daughter twists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 19, 2016
Everything has its own illogic in "The Nice Guys," a consistently entertaining, frequently violent and generally slapdash action comedy directed by Shane Black.
May 19, 2016
Gosling and Crowe do have chemistry, and an obvious sense of humor which gets them far. They'd have gotten farther, though, if the movie, while at times hilarious, didn't have such an uneven feel.
May 19, 2016
The best thing The Nice Guys has going for it are two laid-back, easygoing, deeply likable performances by its stars.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 19, 2016
Perhaps unfocused and off-balance at times, but conveying a sense of buoyancy that's as cheerfully contagious as it is freewheeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 19, 2016
Does it include scenes that some may find painful to watch? You bet. Will you be entertained? Thoroughly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 19, 2016
The Nice Guys borrows from noir traditions and pulp fiction, throwing a fresh coat of smart-alecky comedy over the whole thing.
May 19, 2016
There's no reason why it shouldn't be both great fun and warmly human, but alas, it just isn't either.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 19, 2016
Crowe and Gosling save the day. They both look like hell for most of the film, with neither actor demonstrating a wisp of vanity as they throw themselves into this cheerfully nasty mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 19, 2016
The porn, the drugs, the smog, the bad haircuts - you can play it for laughs or play it straight. With terrific performances from Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, Black does a little of both.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 19, 2016
The film overflows with quips, irony, and physical gags while at the same time relating a noir-tinged story of seedy corruption set in the neon-saturated underbelly of the 1977 Los Angeles porn industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 19, 2016
Crowe and Gosling are fine, but they never form a genuine rapport. These actors are known for intensity and screen-hogging, not warmth or comedic timing, and here they seem to be moving in parallel but not fully in sync.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 19, 2016
No, it doesn't deliver anything new. But it does bring back something old and for 100 minutes or so, that's enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 19, 2016
This run-down, wood-paneled world of AMC Pacers and The Pina Colada Song makes an appropriate setting for this lightweight yet diverting action comedy that, aside from being too long, has the sense not to take itself too seriously.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
May 19, 2016
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, "The Nice Guys" is unable to track down a soul or a reason for being.
May 19, 2016
The Nice Guys never lives up to the promise of its hilarious first 10 minutes, but Crowe and Gosling are good enough to leave you hoping for a sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 19, 2016
Is it fun? Parts, yes, and many will get exactly what they wanted from "The Nice Guys": violence, wisecracks, a couple of choice sight gags ... plus the usual angry-mismatched-buddy-cops-but-not-really-cops routine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 19, 2016
"The Nice Guys" is basically "Chinatown" remade by Quentin Tarantino and starring foulmouthed, updated versions of Abbott and Costello, as played by two of the most recognizable male stars of our time. Make your purchasing decisions accordingly.
May 19, 2016
It's a bombardment of audacity and outrageous humor that never lets up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
May 19, 2016
The Nice Guys is another sub-mental movie for morons churned out by the kind of sophomoric Hollywood machine that trademarks the works of Judd Apatow & Co.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
May 19, 2016
The Nice Guys is funny enough when it sticks to its heroes-whether pinned in a tight spot or bickering with each other-that its less-than-compelling intrigues and digressions come as an acceptable trade-off.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 18, 2016
Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling are clearly enjoying the hell out of each other in this crime caper set in 1977 Los Angeles. So how can you resist?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
May 18, 2016
Crowe and Gosling are a perfect mismatch. They skulk around Los Angeles like a bear and a weasel who just escaped from the circus.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 18, 2016
One of the purest expressions of Black's aesthetic, a bloody, hilarious, convoluted mystery that's as funny as it's dark.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 18, 2016
The movie is a throwback in many ways but also proves a dynamic duo can still be just as effective in modern cinema as a superhero ensemble cast. For The Nice Guys, it takes two to make it outta sight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 18, 2016
[Crowe and Gosling] become a surprisingly brilliant comedy duo, carrying "The Nice Guys" past a few flat jokes, needed edits and a cluttered finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 18, 2016
It's overlong by about 15 minutes and goes in too many directions at once. But thanks to a groovy period vibe and the A-list stars, you're along for the ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 17, 2016
The Nice Guys, ultimately, might be a little too nice, but Black and his cast really want you to have a ball.
May 17, 2016
Basically, it's Inherent Vice without the highbrow aspirations, or The Big Lebowski with two Dudes.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 17, 2016
In Gosling's pairing with the laconic Crowe, it finds a genuinely pleasurable pair of losers trying hard to eke out a win.
May 15, 2016
Gosling and Crowe's breezy give-and-take goes a long way in elevating "The Nice Guys" above the moments where cynicism overwhelms the comedy.
May 15, 2016
The Nice Guys is the perfect, incredibly crafted yet laid-back procedural we've been starved for.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 15, 2016
Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, paired up as a goofball detective and hit man, stumble and bicker their way through the funniest roles of their careers.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 15, 2016
The BFG feels very much like Spielberg's Powell and Pressburger film - it's a picture that could have only been made now, but feels rooted in the past.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 15, 2016
An innocent pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 15, 2016
That the film mostly falls flat has far more to do with the largely unconvincing material rather than with the co-stars, who are more than game ...
May 15, 2016
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, and it offers the scruffy pleasure of seeing two great actors dial down their gravitas with style.