RocknRolla Reviews

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Adam Graham
Detroit News
October 31, 2008
Flashy but assured, the film is a controlled exercise in style that toes the line but never feels over-the-top. In a word, RocknRolla rocks.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 31, 2008
A handsome ensemble of blokes and one high-heeled accountant who propel this slam-bang romp about the collision of criminal styles in the age of globalization and real estate speculation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
October 31, 2008
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.
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
October 31, 2008
Ritchie the director may have returned to form, but Ritchie the writer is still an amorphous mess.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 31, 2008
This is the first of his cartoons to work better as a movie than as a fashion spread.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin McCarthy
WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
October 31, 2008
Ritchie has brought back that amazingly gritty, yet extremely funny British crime flick that everyone deserves and loves.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
October 31, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
October 31, 2008
The words are catchy and the beat keeps you awake, though all of it quickly fades.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 31, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 31, 2008
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.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 31, 2008
There's lots of sizzle...but in the end very little to chew on.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
October 31, 2008
Decidedly darker than previous Ritchie offerings, Rocknrolla struts and preens like a chuffed chart-topper with a debilitating drug habit should.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 31, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jim Judy
Screen It!
October 31, 2008
Parental Content Review
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
October 31, 2008
Ritchie's characters are glamorous underworld fantasies, but he's incapable of making them resonate; to stand for something.
Peter Galvin
FILMINK (Australia)
October 31, 2008
The film has the sprawl of a hardboiled novel, but without the richness of character that the best of that genre has to offer.
Vicky Roach
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
October 31, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
October 31, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
October 31, 2008
Part of the problem is that the plot is just too cluttered. There are far too many characters and sub-plots jostling for attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
October 30, 2008
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.
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