The film had me alternating between a sugar high and drowsiness. One minute, I struggled to keep awake; the next, I was jumping in my seat. Neither extreme is particularly pleasurable.
| Original Score: 2/4
A Laurel and Hardy film would have looked like deep sardonic humor compared with this sophomoric effort.
| Original Score: D
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.
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.
| Original Score: C+
Would be a prominent piece of low-budget filmmaking if had appeared a decade or so ago, but by now the genre is so tired, the glorification of violent criminals so prosaic, that it rates simply as an also-ran.
Although there are several funny episodes, the picture as a whole never quite gels.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
We've heard it all before, and usually with a slightly more comprehensible accent.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a movie with absolutely nothing to say.
| Original Score: 2/5
Maintains a light-hearted perspective, despite the blood.
Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels is the laborious title of an even more laborious Cockney action movie.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Go see it if you're in the mood. You're bound to get a chuckle, but don't expect too much.
The best one can say is that it's a smart cartoon, and a fairly exhausting viewing experience.
Lock, Stock is fun, in a slapdash way; it has an exuberance, and in a time when movies follow formulas like zombies, it's alive.
| Original Score: 3/4
This may be the first movie to capture the reckless exuberance of Pulp Fiction without seeming like a blatant rip-off.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Fast-paced romp has violence, gangsters, drugs.
| Original Score: 4/5
Expect plenty of laughs and some edge-of-your-seat sweats, but not a whole lot else.