For all its hipster posturing, fast cutting, and camera tricks, this tale of chicanery is peculiarly arid and brittle, without a single character worth caring about.
Ritchie the director may have returned to form, but Ritchie the writer is still an amorphous mess.
This is the first of his cartoons to work better as a movie than as a fashion spread.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Ritchie has brought back that amazingly gritty, yet extremely funny British crime flick that everyone deserves and loves.
| Original Score: 4/5
Better just to sit back and enjoy RocknRolla for what it is: a fast-paced amoral joyride that's more interested in the absurdities of violent criminality than the complications of real life.
| Original Score: 3/5
The words are catchy and the beat keeps you awake, though all of it quickly fades.
For his fifth feature film, Guy Ritchie happily ignores his previous two misfires and goes back to what he does best, making dime-store, knockoff pulp thrillers.
| Original Score: 3/4
It seems that 'two smoking barrels' was more than enough. Three is pushing it. Or, as the newly-separated spouse Madonna may have said, 'Enough already.'
| Original Score: 3.5/10
There's lots of sizzle...but in the end very little to chew on.
| Original Score: C
Decidedly darker than previous Ritchie offerings, Rocknrolla struts and preens like a chuffed chart-topper with a debilitating drug habit should.
The ensemble cast of his latest is so massive, they can't all be done justice and by the time the story's come to a close it's a bit of an untidy mess, even if all the pieces, technically, have been accounted for.
| Original Score: C+
Parental Content Review
Ritchie's characters are glamorous underworld fantasies, but he's incapable of making them resonate; to stand for something.
The film has the sprawl of a hardboiled novel, but without the richness of character that the best of that genre has to offer.
Promoted as a story of 'sex, thugs and rock'n'roll,' this highly stylised mobster movie couldn't even be remotely confused with the real thing.
| Original Score: 2/5
It is perhaps high time for us to just come out and finally admit to the world that director Guy Ritchie is not a very good filmmaker.
Part of the problem is that the plot is just too cluttered. There are far too many characters and sub-plots jostling for attention.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Guy Ritchie returns to form and whether a homophobe or not (as his soon to be ex-brother-in-law claims), this is the movie of a man who certainly appreciates the male form.
It doesn't offer viewers anything more than the sight of a talented director treading water with a story he seems to have little interest in telling.
... it is kind fun, in a junk-food crime fantasy sort of way.