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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1999)

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76

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 59
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 14

Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels is a grimy, twisted, and funny twist on the Tarantino hip gangster formula.

69

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 5

Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels is a grimy, twisted, and funny twist on the Tarantino hip gangster formula.

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British writer Guy Ritchie made his feature directorial debut with this crime-caper comedy-drama set in London's East End and heavy on the Cockney dialogue (with one scene in subtitled Cockney rhyming slang). A big-bucks scheme goes awry: Cardsharp Eddy (Nick Moran) and pals Bacon (Jason Statham), Tom (Jason Flemyng), and Soap (Dexter Fletcher) scuffle to pile up enough money to put Eddy at the card table opposite gangland porn lord Hatchet Harry (P.H. Moriarty). Unfortunately, the whole plan

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Guy Ritchie

Aug 31, 1999

Gramercy Pictures

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All Critics (67) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (14) | DVD (23)

I was thoroughly entertained while I was watching it, and I haven't hated myself since. And that is something, though I don't know exactly what.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Expect plenty of laughs and some edge-of-your-seat sweats, but not a whole lot else.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The best one can say is that it's a smart cartoon, and a fairly exhausting viewing experience.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (5)
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Even when the accents are as indecipherable as the plot, Ritchie keeps the action percolating and the humor on high.

June 5, 2001
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Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels is the laborious title of an even more laborious Cockney action movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Slate
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Guignol violence, Lock, Stock aspires to be something like the Beatles meet the Wild Bunch. Too bad it doesn't have even a rubber soul.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Fast-paced romp has violence, gangsters, drugs.

June 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

What his other movies have done summarily or languidly, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels does with some clear novice stumbles. It's creative and very clever. It's just not a classic.

December 3, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters
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Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels est du très bon cinema.

December 17, 2004

If only it could have resisted revelry in its own style and violence, it might have been one 1999's best films, due to its performances and clever plot twists.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

Fans of Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown are in for a treat.

June 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Comments (2)

Though Ritchie isn't the most accomplished filmmaker, his artistic use of freeze-frames, slow motion and other camera trickery proves he is a precocious talent to be reckoned with in the future.

April 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Ritchie orchestrates the plots and anti-plots with the delight of a sadistic child; by the end of this film, his career shows signs of smoking.

March 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Entertaining because of its intricate plot, kinetic editing and imaginative camera angles.

January 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Smokin'.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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A clever, complex, and comic caper that takes its share of unexpected twists and turns.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

You'll laugh out loud, and in the end you'll be cheering for the good guys, if you can figure out who they are and what language they're speaking.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

A Laurel and Hardy film would have looked like deep sardonic humor compared with this sophomoric effort.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Because the film has to split its running time among so many different characters, all of whom look alike and act alike but have different names, I got rather bored.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Just don't expect to be dazzled by the story, because if you're like me... you'll have trouble following the faces, and hence, the plot, from one scene to another.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies | Comments (2)
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Audience Reviews for Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

I didn't get this one the first time through, but in retrospect, I wonder if I didn't just fall asleep or something... It's actually a rather simple story: three teams of basically inept criminals with divergent motivations find themselves going after the same loot. It takes a risk by coming to a conventional ending about two-thirds of the way through the film then carrying on with the rest of the story regardless. Highly stylized and quite funny, it's not Ritchie's best work - that's Snatch - but it justly put him on the map, and the conclusion is pure poetic justice. A founding text in the flourishing British gangster genre, and worth seeing again... particularly for me!
December 29, 2013
danperry17

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Guy Ritchie's debut is a blazing gangster film with sharp dialogue and a mix of drama and comedy that reinvents the genre. With a terrific cast, Guy Ritchie directs an effective crime film that is a must see for gangster film fans. Early signs of Ritchie's brilliant direction can be seen here, and would subsequently perfected in his follow-up, Snatch. The film has a serious tone to it, but has enough comic moments to really make it a unique gangster film. Before hand, films in this genre were too serious, dark, and violent, which there is nothing wrong with that. However Ritchie introduced something a bit different and it worked very well. Some people will surely hate this film, but to those crime film fans who want a new angle on a classic story, this is worth seeing. The film has a plateau of colorful characters which make for an interesting viewing experience. Guy Ritchie's films have a terrific sense of style and this debut feature showcases that brilliantly. I personally enjoy Ritchie's work, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a fine crime film that has some strong performances, a clever script and effective plot that will keep you entertained from start to finish. Even if it's not a flawless film, this is sure to become one of the most memorable gangster films of the last twenty years. With a great cast at hand, Guy Ritchie has delivered a smart, effective and well constructed crime film that goes where no genre film has gone before. This is a must see for crime film fans, and some viewers may not get used to Guy Ritchie's brand of eccentric filmmaking, but it pays off in the end.
October 30, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Guy Ritchie's directorial debut is a verbally explosive crime-caper, with lots of clever and witty dialogue and a top notch cast. Original in style and highly entertaining, there's really no film quite like it. The only one that comes close to it is Snatch - which is another gangster gem by Ritchie, but that doesn't really match the brilliance of this one. So if you haven't seen it yet, I suggest you do so at first opportunity. Because it's so far above the median line that it plays in a whole different league. One of the coolest films you'll ever see and a personal favourite mine that never gets old.
July 8, 2012
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Mike S

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Guy Ritchie makes an outstanding debut with LSATSB, a lively, witty and hilarious caper filled with countless twists and turns and impeccably consistent unpredictability. The film has an ensemble casting that is absolutely perfect, i'm guessing there are about 9 central characters all together, and each and every one is always interesting and the dialogue and performances are perfect in completely equal measure. It precisely captures the grungy style it's aiming for with the unpleasant street and night club environments and eye poppingly stylish set pieces filled to the last corner with dirt, drugs and a hell of a lot of corpses. Although stupid it's wonderfully written and very very funny.
April 29, 2012
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    1. Soap: You're not funny, Tom. You're fat, and look as though you should be, but you're not!
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    1. Eddy: You could choke a dozen donkeys on that! And you're haggling over one hundred pound? What d'you do when you're not buying stereos Nick? Finance revolutions?
    – Submitted by Dakota P (2 months ago)
    1. Eddy: The entire British Empire was built on cups of tea. And if you think I'm going to war without one, you're mistaken.
    – Submitted by Frances H (11 months ago)
    1. Soap: Guns for show, knives for a pro.
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    1. Big Chris: It's been emotional.
    – Submitted by Kevin C (18 months ago)
    1. Rory Breaker: If the milk turns out to be sour, I ain't the kind of pussy to drink it. You know what I mean, Nick?
    – Submitted by Miles G (2 years ago)
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