Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1999)



Critic Consensus: Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels is a grimy, twisted, and funny twist on the Tarantino hip gangster formula.

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British writer Guy Ritchie made his feature directorial debut with this crime-caper comedy-drama set in London's East End and heavy on the Cockney dialogue (with one scene in subtitled Cockney rhyming slang). A big-bucks scheme goes awry: Cardsharp Eddy (Nick Moran) and pals Bacon (Jason Statham), Tom (Jason Flemyng), and Soap (Dexter Fletcher) scuffle to pile up enough money to put Eddy at the card table opposite gangland porn lord Hatchet Harry (P.H. Moriarty). Unfortunately, the whole plan … More

Rating: R (for strong violence, pervasive language, sexuality and drug content)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Guy Ritchie
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 31, 1999
Gramercy Pictures


as Eddy

as Big Chris

as JD

as Barry the Baptist

as Hatchet Harry Lonsda...

as Nick the Greek

as Little Chris

as Rory Breaker

as Mickey

as Traffic Warden

as Boxing Gym Bouncer

as Tanya

as Alan

as Slick

as Doorman

as Barfly Jack

as Gordon

as Samoan Jo

as Policeman

as John O'Driscoll

as Man in Pub

as Yuppie in Car
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Critic Reviews for Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (17)

I was thoroughly entertained while I was watching it, and I haven't hated myself since. And that is something, though I don't know exactly what.

Full Review… | April 27, 2007
New York Observer
Top Critic

Expect plenty of laughs and some edge-of-your-seat sweats, but not a whole lot else.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The best one can say is that it's a smart cartoon, and a fairly exhausting viewing experience.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Even when the accents are as indecipherable as the plot, Ritchie keeps the action percolating and the humor on high.

June 5, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

We've heard it all before, and usually with a slightly more comprehensible accent.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Go see it if you're in the mood. You're bound to get a chuckle, but don't expect too much.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels


Ritchie uses almost every known British character actor/soap star for his gang romp revolving around the simple premise of some guys owing a gang boss a large amount of money. The cast is impressive you gotta admit, of course you gotta be British to probably get the most from it, but the collection of oddballs and gangsters are all so well performed by the cast, it just shoves the seedy, gritty, dirty Del boy London grim in your face perfectly.

There is certainly a Tarantino style going on throughout as the story tends to twist n turn amongst all the dreary looking locations, the whole film seems to have a brownish tint to it. Almost an enforced grimy hue to really bring the rough dilapidated streets of London to life. To be honest you don't even need to follow the story you just watch it for the continuous use of cockney slang and hints of vicious violence between various ruffians (a case of less is more with the violence), at the same time all this is accompanied by a glorious soundtrack.

A slick cool visage of thugs and wheeler dealers of varying levels of intelligence all mixed with a dark gallows humour that makes you unsure whether to giggle or shy away. The four main characters are a good balance of your classic 'EastEnders' types with a dollop of 'Only Fools n Horses' comedy on top in a world where the Kray brothers could still be walking the streets and where Vinnie Jones as Big Chris brings another level of atmosphere with his final act. Bosh! job done Guv'

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


I didn't get this one the first time through, but in retrospect, I wonder if I didn't just fall asleep or something... It's actually a rather simple story: three teams of basically inept criminals with divergent motivations find themselves going after the same loot. It takes a risk by coming to a conventional ending about two-thirds of the way through the film then carrying on with the rest of the story regardless. Highly stylized and quite funny, it's not Ritchie's best work - that's Snatch - but it justly put him on the map, and the conclusion is pure poetic justice. A founding text in the flourishing British gangster genre, and worth seeing again... particularly for me!

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

Guy Ritchie's debut is a blazing gangster film with sharp dialogue and a mix of drama and comedy that reinvents the genre. With a terrific cast, Guy Ritchie directs an effective crime film that is a must see for gangster film fans. Early signs of Ritchie's brilliant direction can be seen here, and would subsequently perfected in his follow-up, Snatch. The film has a serious tone to it, but has enough comic moments to really make it a unique gangster film. Before hand, films in this genre were too serious, dark, and violent, which there is nothing wrong with that. However Ritchie introduced something a bit different and it worked very well. Some people will surely hate this film, but to those crime film fans who want a new angle on a classic story, this is worth seeing. The film has a plateau of colorful characters which make for an interesting viewing experience. Guy Ritchie's films have a terrific sense of style and this debut feature showcases that brilliantly. I personally enjoy Ritchie's work, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a fine crime film that has some strong performances, a clever script and effective plot that will keep you entertained from start to finish. Even if it's not a flawless film, this is sure to become one of the most memorable gangster films of the last twenty years. With a great cast at hand, Guy Ritchie has delivered a smart, effective and well constructed crime film that goes where no genre film has gone before. This is a must see for crime film fans, and some viewers may not get used to Guy Ritchie's brand of eccentric filmmaking, but it pays off in the end.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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