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RocknRolla (2008)

tomatometer

59

Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 144
Fresh: 85 | Rotten: 59

Mixed reviews for Guy Ritchie's return to his London-based cockney wideboy gangster movie roots, but most agree, it's a step in the right direction following two major turkeys.

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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 14

Mixed reviews for Guy Ritchie's return to his London-based cockney wideboy gangster movie roots, but most agree, it's a step in the right direction following two major turkeys.

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
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Movie Info

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels director Guy Ritchie heads back to the London underworld for this hyperkinetic crime comedy concerning a shady land deal that leaves every schemer in the city determined to get rich or die trying. When a Russian mobster orchestrates a lucrative real estate scam, every criminal in London wants a piece of the action. Greed is the universal language, and everyone from unrelenting crime boss Lenny Cole (Tom Wilkinson) to street-smart criminal One Two (Gerard

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Drama, Action & Adventure

Guy Ritchie

Jan 27, 2009

$5.7M

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All Critics (151) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (85) | Rotten (59) | DVD (12)

This is a wonderful movie.

November 10, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comment (1)
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Guns, gangsters, and Richie's unique style and tone make his latest picture just plain fun.

November 10, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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Ritchie, who shoots and cuts everything in RocknRolla like an ad for a particularly greasy brand of fragrance for men, delivers the beatings and killings in his trademark atmosphere of morally weightless flash.

October 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Comments (2)
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Style is what RocknRolla is all about. And it has it in spades, from the cockney Pulp Fiction dialogue to the music-video editing of the rambling narrative.

October 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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RocknRolla is a recovery from the knockout blows of his past two films but Ritchie is certainly retreading familiar thematic territory.

October 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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As in other Ritchie films, RocknRolla attempts to depict a world of ever-expanding chaos. But the chaos is only in the way the story is told. The actual vision Ritchie offers is pedestrian and tame.

October 31, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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It's all about the set-up and not the actual payoff.

December 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Views | Comment (1)

RocknRolla is a return to form, of sorts, for Mr. Ritchie. ... The British director has returned to familiar territory, that of the small-time hood.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

An over-long mish-mash of scarcely linked sub-plots...

August 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex | Comment (1)
Moviedex

'RocknRolla' takes more left turns than imaginable. It might make sense in the mind of Guy Ritchie, but to the rest of the universe, I can not imagine the film will translate.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: BET.com | Comments (6)
BET.com

A self conscious re-working of Guy Ritchie's now familiar style and storyworld.

March 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Screenwize
Screenwize

It's long, confusing but is definitely saved with great performances and a tight episodic script...

February 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Breaks no new ground for movies or for Ritchie, but it is an amusing diversion and therefore a return to form. [Blu-ray]

January 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Some movies go off on tangents. This movie is nothing but tangents.

January 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Comments (2)
Aisle Seat

In spite of the film being derivative, RocknRolla is still a lot of fun. At least, what you can understand of it.

January 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Ksanazestameno, alla akomi nostimo, to piato poy soy serbirei einai mia super sized ekdohi tis syntagis toy, me tin idia thermidiki aksia, alla horis tin geystiki apogeiosi tis neas anakalypsis

January 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Ritchie still has the knack for street-tough dialogue, and there's plenty of laughs amid the gunplay.

November 26, 2008
Salt Lake Tribune

A patchwork of set pieces, held together by a hip soundtrack.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

As a gangster named One Two, Gerard Butler is suitably rough around all his edges.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

A complex, violent and fun look at the London underworld, "RocknRolla" is for grownups who like gritty action and complex tales.

November 9, 2008 Full Review | Comment (1)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

...the same tatty old tricks jumbled around to make them look fresh.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Allowing for its air of laddish self-congratulation and its sad whiff of homophobia, Ritchie's film is arguably his most entertaining to date.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out Sydney
Time Out Sydney

RocknRolla feels as if Ritchie is imitating his favourite director here, and that director is Guy Ritchie.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

For a while you go along for the ride. But as the film progresses it becomes increasingly unwieldy.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: The Australian
The Australian

Audience Reviews for RocknRolla

Some words to describe RocknRolla would be fun, dramedy, and raw. The story has a typical Guy Ritchie feel and proves that he can still make solid gangster films. Don't look at the RT percentage for this film because its definitely a positive and critics are fools for criticizing it.
September 8, 2012
paul o.
paul oh

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Loved the cinematography and Guy Ritchie's quirky but excellent direction. A lot of fun.
March 10, 2012
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

RocknRolla is an enjoyable enough film but I think the reason it's so easy to watch is because you've seen it all before, it's like bumping into an old friend. There is absolutely nothing original or profound about it, which I find annoying, but the cast is likable, likable enough for you not to hate it. Easy/lazy viewing, a masterpiece compared to Revolver and if I'm being honest, I would like to see another film starring the 'Wild-bunch' but I doubt very much that it's going to happen!
January 13, 2012
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Like some of Guy Ritchie's other films, as well as some of the films of Robert Rodriguez, this is a twisted and convoluted mess...but it's a hell of a lot of fun, and damn entertaining. I liked it more than I thought I would, so that's a good thing, but still, it's nothing really more than a slick and wild B Movie. There's nothing wrong with that though...unless you want more. I didn't, so I'm happy. I'm not a Ritchie fanboy, but this fits somewhere in the middle, I'd say. Despite it's flaws, it's still pretty fun and enjoyable.
December 28, 2011
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Chris Weber

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    1. Archy: Ask no questions, hear no lies.
    – Submitted by Andra? O (10 months ago)
    1. Archy: People ask the question... what's a RocknRolla? And I tell 'em - it's not about drums, drugs, and hospital drips, oh no. There's more there than that, my friend. We all like a bit of the good life - some the money, some the drugs, others the sex game, the glamour, or the fame. But a RocknRolla, oh, he's different. Why? Because a real RocknRolla wants the fucking lot.
    – Submitted by Johonna D (22 months ago)
    1. Handsome Bob: You heard me, do as you're told.
    – Submitted by Samantha E (23 months ago)
    1. Archy: You'll never sing the same if your teeth ain't your own.
    – Submitted by Tomas K (23 months ago)
    1. Mumbles: If I could be half the human being Bob is at the cost of being a poof, I'd have to think about it. Not for very long, but I'd have to pause.
    – Submitted by Maria H (2 years ago)
    1. One Two: What... what exactly is it that you... that you want to do to me, then, Bob?
    – Submitted by Maria H (2 years ago)
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