Ryley Mann’s review published on Letterboxd:
Think of The Nice Guys like this. If Chinatown, Lethal Weapon, Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski and Inherent Vice had a 5some and a child came out of that, it'd be The Nice Guys. It's just as awesome as it sounds.
Russel Crowe and Ryan Gosling give two of my favorite performances of the year. I just how much of a wuss Gosling is in this, it's hilarious. The entire cast( including Captain Anderson himself Keith David) are great. The writing is very witty, by far the best screenplay of the year( so far). As soon as I heard the great dialog, I got a huge smile on my face. This could very well by Shane Black's best script.
It's directed well by Shane Black as well. Great editing, lighting, cinematography, sequences( the scene where Gosling is falling asleep at the wheel and hallucinating is the hardest I've laughed all year). It captures the 70's perfectly. Really, everybody in this movie is perfect except for one thing, the pacing.
The pacing is s**t tbh. It's very slow for a action comedy like this. Besides the opening 10 minutes or so, the rest of it goes on for a drag( an entertaining drag none the less). It's just weird tbh. Everything else though is pretty much perfect.
So far, this is my favorite of 2016. I loved everything about this movie except the pacing. Go watch or rent it, it's totally worth it.