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The Nice Guys

Action . Comedy . Crime . Mystery . Thriller

A private eye investigates the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles and uncovers a conspiracy.

Actors: Russell Crowe , Ryan Gosling , Angourie Rice , Matt Bomer , Margaret Qualley , Yaya DaCosta , Keith David , Kim Basinger , Beau Knapp , Jack Kilmer
Directors: Shane Black
Country: USA
Release: 2016-05-15
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  • Tomris Laffly

    Ryan Gosling in a physical action-comedy? Whoever thought of the idea should be crowned genius of the year. With dynamite timing and uproarious gestures, Gosling mines his diverse abilities and becomes a blast in The Nice Guys.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Daniel Schindel

    Half of the best gags in The Nice Guys are of the physical variety. Some of the action scenes escalate into full-on live-action Looney Tunes madness.

    The Film Stage Full Review
  • Russ Fischer

    The Nice Guys, which the screenwriter also directed, is the best of Black’s films. It is eccentrically, sometimes broadly funny, with top-notch performances from Crowe and Gosling and a pitch-perfect sense of timing to help smooth over some of the script’s fault lines and blind spots.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    To sum it all up, 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. Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The Nice Guys is 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, and it offers the scruffy pleasure of seeing two great actors dial down their gravitas with style.

    Variety Full Review
  • Barry Hertz

    It’s all delightfully fizzy, bloody fun – even if there’s the teeniest, tiniest hint of sequel ambitions.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    Is this a family film? No way. Does it include scenes that some may find painful to watch? You bet. Will you be entertained? Thoroughly.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    It is an easy sit, a big fat slice of smart entertainment. Constantly funny, startlingly violent, and oddly heartfelt, The Nice Guys is a grown-up delight, a perfect antidote to the nonstop barrage of effects spectacle that normally marks the summer movie season.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Michael Roffman

    The Nice Guys spends nearly two hours treating Crowe and Gosling like a pair of piñatas, beating them mercilessly and unapologetically, and it’s watching them crawl out from underneath and towards some form of redemption that makes the film a genuine smash.

    Consequence of Sound Full Review
  • James White

    Quick on its wits and fast with its fists, this is Black firmly back doing what he does best. And nobody out there does it better.

    Empire Full Review
  • James Mottram

    Should be called ‘The Funny Guys’. The Crowe/Gosling partnership drives Black’s lurid comedy at top speed. Enormously entertaining.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Matt Singer

    Black’s general atmosphere of resigned melancholy fits perfectly with The Nice Guys and its portrait of sleazy 1970s Los Angeles, the ideal setting for a filmmaker interested in faded dreams and broken dreamers.

    ScreenCrush Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    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. The film is at once a nod to hard-boiled film noir and a send-up of it.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Joe Dziemianowicz

    As summer popcorn-style entertainment, The Nice Guys gets the job done.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Matthew Anderson

    The Nice Guys could well mark the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Black has really thrown the kitchen sink at his latest project and it all works tremendously. Let's hope there's more to come.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    [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.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    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, a spritz of club soda, a sprig of mint and an ironic paper parasol.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    While the characters are distinctive and charming, and the dialogue is often pretty funny, The Nice Guys is a large step down on the ambition scale from Kiss Kiss. Having deconstructed his favorite genre so perfectly, Black has a harder time reconstructing it without leaving out some pieces.

    The Verge Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Laughter trumps logic here, and the laughs flow freely.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    The cast is perfect, but The Nice Guys could have used one more rewrite or two and another trip to the editing bay to really streamline jokes that don’t work and a plot that gets more cluttered than engaging. Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    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.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Some editing would have made The Nice Guys easier to love — at times it feels as bloated as Crowe’s gut. It’s neither as fast, fresh or as funny as Black’s “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’’ (2005).

    New York Post Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Like Shane Black's directing debut, "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" with Robert Downey, Jr., his The Nice Guys borrows from noir traditions and pulp fiction, throwing a fresh coat of smart-alecky comedy over the whole thing.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Brian Truitt

    Brews up an enticing murder mystery and gives Shane Black — who directed and co-wrote the script — another hit on-screen pairing.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Angourie Rice, who plays Gosling’s intelligent and highly moral 12-year-old, deserves a special mention. The character is an unexpected presence that adds dimension to the story, and Rice plays her beautifully.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    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.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    The Nice Guys has a little extra padding that isn’t necessary.... Ah, but Crowe and Gosling save the day.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    Gosling and Crowe have a surprisingly fizzy, ferret-and-bull chemistry, and the hedonistic Me Decade setting is groovy.... But the one-liners and shoot-outs feel a bit threadbare, handed down from older, better Shane Black movies.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Jake Cole

    Shane Black's The Nice Guys doesn't want for great exchanges, and even disposable conversations brim with acidic wit.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    The Nice Guys delivers enough brilliant physical comedy to smooth over its blunter narrative devices.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    There’s a tipping point at which comedy goes from black to bilious, and that’s a balancing act that The Nice Guys doesn’t always nail. The laughs from this frequently entertaining action comedy get stuck in the throat, keeping this altogether good movie from being a great one.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The Nice Guys has a nice feel: just slick enough to keep from falling apart, just brutal enough to keep from seeming inconsequential.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    The modest pleasures of The Nice Guys lie not in following the wiggy story twists but in watching Gosling and Crowe mix it up and mess everything up.

    Time Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    A consistently entertaining, frequently violent and generally slapdash action comedy.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    As an action comedy, R-rated division, The Nice Guys is hard to beat. Black knows how to pace and escalate a fight and a film, and he springs wicked surprises all along — scene after scene dances around trapdoors that the audience falls into.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    Why see this film? Partly because of the leading men, but mainly because of a girl. An Australian actress named Angourie Rice plays March’s daughter, Holly, who is thirteen.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    For a good portion of Black's film, all this mayhem is great fun, since Russell Crowe is obviously funnier than he has ever allowed himself to appear, and Ryan Gosling is funnier than he has already proven. Together they form a deliciously dumb action duo; one brawn, the other sort of has a brain.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    I’m not sure I’ve laughed harder all year than at Gosling in a bathroom stall, accidentally dropping a lit cigarette down his pants leg.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Is it fun? Parts, yes, and many will get exactly what they wanted from The Nice Guys.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Moira Macdonald

    It should have worked, and it almost does, but Black buries his characters in a sputtering, chaotic story, seeming to realize only sporadically that we aren’t watching this film for the plot and the stunts...but for the byplay between the two main characters. And — who knew? — Crowe and Gosling have comic chemistry to burn.

    The Seattle Times Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    For a movie predicated on slapstick forward momentum, we spend an awful lot of time driving backward.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    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.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    The characters in The Nice Guys often ask each other if they’re good or bad, a choice the movie doesn’t want to force the audience to make. Instead it settles for making good on the title, occupying the nice, mushy middle — perhaps unfocused and off-balance at times, but conveying a sense of buoyancy that’s as cheerfully contagious as it is freewheeling.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    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.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The porn industry of the era is as much a part of the movie as the classic cars (re-used in the background, in scene after scene) and the leisure suits. But the zingers, which fall off markedly in the latter third when the energy flags and the plot unravels, always pack a punch.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Though the plot here may be a confusing, multi-threaded mess (which may in fact be the script’s truest homage to Chandler), it’s occasionally offset by the exuberance with which Black blends splatter and slapstick, and the leeway he grants his two very game leads.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    This is a dumb movie pretending to be smart, even as it wants you to believe the opposite. Still, dumb can be fun.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Jonathan Romney

    The Nice Guys harks back to the 70s golden age of revisionist detective thrillers, but the result feels too knowingly déja vu, rather than bringing a truly fresh angle.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The violence is cartoonishly garish and the yuks are few. Crowe, looking (deliberately I presume) flabby and somnolent, is more dead than deadpan, and Gosling, who appears at times to be doing a Lou Costello impression, is, to put it mildly, not in his element.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    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 for often clownish shenanigans Black and his co-writer Anthony Bagarozzi have concocted for them; in fit and starts, the actors display a buoyant comic rapport.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    This one, by the jarringly untalented writer-director Shane Black, is merely violent, vulgar and stupid.

    New York Observer Full Review
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