RocknRolla (2008)



Critic Consensus: Mixed reviews for Guy Ritchie's return to his London-based cockney wideboy gangster movie roots, but most agree, it's a step in the right direction following two major turkeys.

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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels director Guy Ritchie heads back to the London underworld for this hyperkinetic crime comedy concerning a shady land deal that leaves every schemer in the city determined to get rich or die trying. When a Russian mobster orchestrates a lucrative real estate scam, every criminal in London wants a piece of the action. Greed is the universal language, and everyone from unrelenting crime boss Lenny Cole (Tom Wilkinson) to street-smart criminal One Two (Gerard Butler), corrupt accountant Stella (Thandie Newton), and unpredictable punk rocker Johnny Quid (Toby Kebbell) seem to speak it fluently. As the bullets start to fly and the double crosses multiply, there's no telling who will walk away with the fortune after the gun smoke has cleared. Jeremy Piven, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, and Quantum of Solace Bond girl Gemma Arterton co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
R (for pervasive language, violence, drug use and brief sexuality)
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Gerard Butler
as One Two
Tom Wilkinson
as Lennie Cole
Idris Elba
as Mumbels
Tom Hardy
as Handsome Bob
Jeremy Piven
as Mickey
Toby Kebbell
as Johnny Quid
Jimi Mistry
as Councillor
Matt King
as Cookie
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Critic Reviews for RocknRolla

All Critics (145) | Top Critics (41)

This is a wonderful movie.

November 10, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

Guns, gangsters, and Richie's unique style and tone make his latest picture just plain fun.

Full Review… | November 10, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

Ritchie, who shoots and cuts everything in RocknRolla like an ad for a particularly greasy brand of fragrance for men, delivers the beatings and killings in his trademark atmosphere of morally weightless flash.

October 31, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Style is what RocknRolla is all about. And it has it in spades, from the cockney Pulp Fiction dialogue to the music-video editing of the rambling narrative.

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

RocknRolla is a recovery from the knockout blows of his past two films but Ritchie is certainly retreading familiar thematic territory.

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

As in other Ritchie films, RocknRolla attempts to depict a world of ever-expanding chaos. But the chaos is only in the way the story is told. The actual vision Ritchie offers is pedestrian and tame.

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for RocknRolla


Some words to describe RocknRolla would be fun, dramedy, and raw. The story has a typical Guy Ritchie feel and proves that he can still make solid gangster films. Don't look at the RT percentage for this film because its definitely a positive and critics are fools for criticizing it.

paul oh
paul oh

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Loved the cinematography and Guy Ritchie's quirky but excellent direction. A lot of fun.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer


Like some of Guy Ritchie's other films, as well as some of the films of Robert Rodriguez, this is a twisted and convoluted mess...but it's a hell of a lot of fun, and damn entertaining. I liked it more than I thought I would, so that's a good thing, but still, it's nothing really more than a slick and wild B Movie. There's nothing wrong with that though...unless you want more. I didn't, so I'm happy. I'm not a Ritchie fanboy, but this fits somewhere in the middle, I'd say. Despite it's flaws, it's still pretty fun and enjoyable.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

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