Critic Review - Chicago Reader

Ritchie may be skilled at generating controlled chaos, but his surprise-a-minute strategy ultimately holds no surprises.

April 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (2)
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Kurt Eggers

Kurt Eggers

Guy Ritchie's follow-up to his 1998 film "Lock, Stock, and Two Barrels" falls prey to what I call the "Kevin Smith Effect." (That might already be coined. Sue me!) That is, an unknown director makes a great film on a low budget. After that film's success, he goes onto spend millions and cast A-list stars to make a new film with a much higher budget that fails to live up to the original. That is what Snatch is.

Snatch is a competent crime film, but overall it feels disjointed. The characters are played by great actors, but each individual has so little screen time that you can't really care about them. I saw this film on netflix instant. For that, it is good, but I don't plan on adding to my DVD collection any time soon.

Feb 6 - 12:35 PM

Jake K.

Jake Kramer

The only actual "surprise" is at the end. Apart from that, what this critic interpreted as "surprise a minute" is simply non-linear storytelling.
Do they just let anyone who can type be a critic?

Aug 15 - 05:24 PM

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