Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Reviews

Page 1 of 3
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
June 14, 2012
Fast-paced romp has violence, gangsters, drugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bill Gibron
December 3, 2009
What his other movies have done summarily or languidly, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels does with some clear novice stumbles. It's creative and very clever. It's just not a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
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.
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Expect plenty of laughs and some edge-of-your-seat sweats, but not a whole lot else.
December 17, 2004
Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels est du très bon cinema.
| Original Score: B+
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
If only it could have resisted revelry in its own style and violence, it might have been one 1999's best films, due to its performances and clever plot twists.
Read More | Original Score: C+
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 22, 2004
Fans of Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown are in for a treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 10, 2002
Though Ritchie isn't the most accomplished filmmaker, his artistic use of freeze-frames, slow motion and other camera trickery proves he is a precocious talent to be reckoned with in the future.

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Ritchie orchestrates the plots and anti-plots with the delight of a sadistic child; by the end of this film, his career shows signs of smoking.
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
The best one can say is that it's a smart cartoon, and a fairly exhausting viewing experience.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 5, 2001
Even when the accents are as indecipherable as the plot, Ritchie keeps the action percolating and the humor on high.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
Entertaining because of its intricate plot, kinetic editing and imaginative camera angles.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
The punchy little flourishes that load this English gangster film with attitude are perfectly welcome, because there's no honest, substantial part of the movie they can hurt.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
This may be the first movie to capture the reckless exuberance of Pulp Fiction without seeming like a blatant rip-off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
The cast is revved up to sizzle, with Sting in a smallish role, and the thick cockney dialogue is more comprehensible than you might think.
Top Critic
January 1, 2000
We've heard it all before, and usually with a slightly more comprehensible accent.
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Lock, Stock is fun, in a slapdash way; it has an exuberance, and in a time when movies follow formulas like zombies, it's alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a movie with absolutely nothing to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

E! Online
January 1, 2000
The slickly streetwise dialogue, atmospherically seedy UK underworld locations and the posse of hip, handsome male leads all contribute to the wild 'n' woolly high-energy entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
The film's lures, while undeniable, are synthetic, and we never do learn what fuels all the greed besides pints of beer.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Page 1 of 3