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RocknRolla (2008)


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

Critics Consensus: 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.

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

Critics Consensus: 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.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 55,596


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 … More

R (for pervasive language, violence, drug use and brief sexuality)
Drama , Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By:
Guy Ritchie
In Theaters:
Jan 27, 2009
Box Office:
Warner Bros. Pictures/Dark Castle - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for RocknRolla

All Critics (150) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (85) | Rotten (59) | DVD (12)

This is a wonderful movie.

Full Review… | November 10, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

Guns, gangsters, and Richie's unique style and tone make his latest picture just plain fun.

Full Review… | November 10, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

RocknRolla is a recovery from the knockout blows of his past two films but Ritchie is certainly retreading familiar thematic territory.

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It's all about the set-up and not the actual payoff.

Full Review… | December 17, 2010

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.

Full Review… | August 30, 2009
Washington Times

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

Full Review… | August 1, 2009

'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.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009

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

Full Review… | March 24, 2009

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

Full Review… | February 13, 2009
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]

Full Review… | January 31, 2009
Groucho Reviews

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

Full Review… | January 28, 2009
Aisle Seat

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

Full Review… | January 22, 2009
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

Full Review… | January 20, 2009
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.

Full Review… | November 14, 2008
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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

Full Review… | November 14, 2008

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

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

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

Full Review… | November 7, 2008
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.

Full Review… | November 7, 2008
Time Out Sydney

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

Full Review… | November 7, 2008
Sydney Morning Herald

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

Full Review… | November 7, 2008
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.

paul o.
paul oh

Super Reviewer


Loved the cinematography and Guy Ritchie's quirky but excellent direction. A lot of fun.

Albert Kim
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!

Anthony Lawrie

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.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

RocknRolla Quotes

Ask no questions, hear no lies.
– Submitted by Andra? O (12 months ago)
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 (2 years ago)
Handsome Bob:
You heard me, do as you're told.
– Submitted by Samantha E (2 years ago)
You'll never sing the same if your teeth ain't your own.
– Submitted by Tomas K (2 years ago)
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)
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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