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Based on 13 Reviews
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  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The "black Godfather" comes off as a cold-blooded narcissist whose vision of the American Dream is as twisted as it seems to have been rewarding. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    It's not a pretty picture, but it sure is a compelling one. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    It's undeniably fascinating, but you might want to take a shower after hanging out with this unsavory bunch. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    As interesting, certainly, as “American Gangster,” and operating with a truer street sense of the characters involved. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    What emerges is a portrait of a complex man - one who had no qualms about murder and drugs but who won a national poetry contest and read "Moby-Dick" while in jail. Go figure. show more

  • 63
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Barnes, now in his seventies and relocated by the Witness Protection Program, is shot only in silhouette, but there's plenty of footage of him in his heyday, dressed to the pimpalicious nines and playing to the cameras like a movie star. show more

  • 70
    Village Voice

    A fascinating first-person account of drug kingpin and ruthless gangster Nicky Barnes, whose outrageous story of rise, rule, rage, and revenge requires no such stylistic filler. show more

  • 70
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times

    A slick package all around. Adroitly edited, filled with fine music like Curtis Mayfield's "Pusherman" and more people flashing needles than at a garment worker's convention, this film is less a dispassionate examination than a celebratory infomercial on its central character. show more

  • 70
    Stephen Hunter Washington Post

    It's fast and furious, and it proves that crime doesn't pay, unless you know how to do it right. show more

  • 60
    A.O. Scott The New York Times

    There is some acknowledgment of the terrible effects of the drug trade on residents of Harlem and other poor New York neighborhoods, but for the most part Mr. Untouchable clings to the standard hip-hop mythology of the pusher as entrepreneur, rebel, celebrity and folk hero. show more

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