Despite the presence of such flaws, Mr. Nice Guy is actually frequently entertaining. Jackie Chan is likeable, as always, and his skill at performing complex action sequences is amazing. He gives the movie an energy and and enjoyableness it could never have had without him. In fact, his friends and enemies are such silly caricatures and the story told is so completely unengaging that, except for Chan's fight scenes, the movie is utterly abysmal. It is hard to believe anyone would view the moments between those scenes as anything more than interruptions. In a strange way, however, such faults really make little difference to the film's quality. The action sequences are, in the end, the only ones that matter when judging the movie.
Whatever its weaknesses, and they are many, Mr. Nice Guy is fun to watch. Those persons who can ignore its flaws and concentrate on the action scenes will, most likely, enjoy the film. Those who cannot will probably find it unwatchable.
Review by Keith Allen
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