RocknRolla Reviews

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Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
November 7, 2008
RocknRolla feels as if Ritchie is imitating his favourite director here, and that director is Guy Ritchie.
David Stratton
The Australian
November 7, 2008
For a while you go along for the ride. But as the film progresses it becomes increasingly unwieldy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 6, 2008
A very slick, sophisticated plot with some well-written characters.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 5, 2008
A richly entertaining work that overflows with stylish set pieces (including what is easily the funniest and most economical sex scene ever committed to film).
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
November 4, 2008
A little too long, way too many characters and a pretty good ending sums up Ritchie's latest bombastic ode to the ugly side of London.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
November 3, 2008
It does contain exactly two memorable scenes...but the rest of RocknRolla is one identical scene after another where one guy tries to out badass the other guy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
November 3, 2008
Welcome back, Mr. Ritchie. I missed your work when you were, you know, Swept Away into an uncomfortable filmmaking zone.
| Original Score: 3/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
November 3, 2008
The dialogue is crisp and the performances pop with energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 2, 2008
"RocknRolla" is fun, ridden with dark humor mixed with violence [but] its near two-hour run time should have been more like 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
November 1, 2008
RocknRolla is pure Guy Ritchie. All style and not even a pretense of substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
October 31, 2008
You don't just watch a Guy Ritchie movie. They are to be experienced. Some circles consider his films more of an assault on the senses than exploration of plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 31, 2008
It's a nice diversion and if you're not one of those people whoholds grudges about other people's unfulfilled potential ("Why is Guy Ritchie wasting his time - and ours - by making the same movie again and again?"), you might find yourself entertained.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 31, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 31, 2008
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.
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 31, 2008
If RocknRolla is to be trusted, the director is relying less on his old bag of tricks and more on his expanding abilities as a storyteller -- not just a story stylist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 31, 2008
RocknRolla never feels like it's building to anything, and when we get to the end, we discover it wasn't, in fact, building to anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
October 31, 2008
RocknRolla is a recovery from the knockout blows of his past two films but Ritchie is certainly retreading familiar thematic territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 31, 2008
It's wincingly dated, playing like a Cockney remake of Pulp Fiction, with no new ideas and so cartoonish in style that it's difficult to emotionally connect with anything that's going on.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 31, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 31, 2008
This exuberant exercise in pretzel-plotted crime capers is a ridiculously entertaining piece of nonsense, devoid of all the attempts at psychological complexity and philosophical navel-gazing that bogged down Revolver.
| Original Score: 3/4
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