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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Reviews

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Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

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.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: D

January 1, 2000
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 1, 2000
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

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+

December 6, 2004
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

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.

Full Review Source: Compuserve

January 1, 2000
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

Although there are several funny episodes, the picture as a whole never quite gels.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Greg Dean Schmitz
Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies

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.

Full Review Source: Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Mary Elizabeth Williams
Salon.com
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We've heard it all before, and usually with a slightly more comprehensible accent.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 1, 2000
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a movie with absolutely nothing to say.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

Maintains a light-hearted perspective, despite the blood.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
David Edelstein
Slate
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Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels is the laborious title of an even more laborious Cockney action movie.

Full Review Source: Slate

January 1, 2000
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's 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.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 1, 2000
Paul Tatara
CNN.com
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Go see it if you're in the mood. You're bound to get a chuckle, but don't expect too much.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

January 1, 2000
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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The best one can say is that it's a smart cartoon, and a fairly exhausting viewing experience.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 19, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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This may be the first movie to capture the reckless exuberance of Pulp Fiction without seeming like a blatant rip-off.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
James Rocchi
Netflix

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 7, 2002
Bill Gibron
PopMatters

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.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 3, 2009
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

Fast-paced romp has violence, gangsters, drugs.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

June 14, 2012
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Expect plenty of laughs and some edge-of-your-seat sweats, but not a whole lot else.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Mark R. Leeper
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January 1, 2000
Ray Pride
Newcity
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Lyons Den
January 1, 2000
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Derek Elley
Variety
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