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RocknRolla Reviews

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Phil Gallo
Variety
June 29, 2011
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 10, 2008
This is a wonderful movie.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 10, 2008
Guns, gangsters, and Richie's unique style and tone make his latest picture just plain fun.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 31, 2008
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 31, 2008
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.
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
October 31, 2008
RocknRolla is a recovery from the knockout blows of his past two films but Ritchie is certainly retreading familiar thematic territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 31, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 31, 2008
This exuberant exercise in pretzel-plotted crime capers is a ridiculously entertaining piece of nonsense, devoid of all the attempts at psychological complexity and philosophical navel-gazing that bogged down Revolver.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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.
| 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.
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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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 30, 2008
It's a sad experience to watch RocknRolla, the obituary for the Guy Ritchie brand of English gangster flicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 30, 2008
RocknRolla reminds us of how cool Ritchie was before Madonna doused his fire. Pity he makes us wait so long.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 30, 2008
RocknRolla isn't as jammed with visual pyrotechnics as Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Smoking Barrel (1998), but that's OK, because with anything more happening, the movie could induce motion sickness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 30, 2008
RocknRolla, though not the most original movie ever made, is a blast, an adrenaline rush of punked-out rock-and-roll-fueled action and crime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 29, 2008
Ritchie is back on comfortable, familiar footing here with this story of British gangsters who are so busy trying to screw each other over, they don't realize that they're in over their heads.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
October 13, 2008
If RocknRolla clings to the company of ne'er-do-wells, it's not because they bristle with the frustrations of society, but purely because Ritchie wants to borrow their cheeky charm -- a virtue that, in reality, none of them possess.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 10, 2008
Sometimes it amounts to a laugh or two.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 10, 2008
Great title for a gangster flick. Too bad that writer-director Guy Ritchie only partially realizes the sizzling potential.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 10, 2008
The actual plot is so uselessly convoluted you'd get a headache just reading it -- but you might want to pull out the Advil anyway, given Ritchie's reliance on flashy editing, a blasting soundtrack and fetishized gunplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
October 10, 2008
Ritchie whisks you along on a whirlwind tour, but he's not averse to putting on the brakes long enough to admire some of his favorite attractions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 10, 2008
If, as his critics contend, Ritchie is just making the same movie over and over again, at least he's getting better at it.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 9, 2008
RocknRolla is a well-acted and attitudinal action movie, a return to Ritchie's trademark 'Mockney' style, which takes amusing and twisted turns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 9, 2008
Perhaps Ritchie has improved over the past 10 years -- or perhaps any movie would look good after the execrable Swept Away and Revolver -- because Ritchie's latest gangland comedy RocknRolla is far and away his best work.
| Original Score: B-
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 9, 2008
It's like a lumpy, overworked, useless 'objet' that someone who doesn't know you very well might give you as a gift, a thing that sits around the house serving no unearthly purpose other than reminding you, none too subtly, that it's completely hollow.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
October 9, 2008
RocknRolla marks a pulpy return to form for Ritchie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 8, 2008
The good news about RockNRolla is that it more or less erases the tainted memories of Swept Away, and the nearly incoherent Revolver, and marks Ritchie's return to the form of the 1998 Lock, Stock and its 2000 follow-up Snatch.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 8, 2008
RocknRolla often feels more like a parody of a Guy Ritchie film than a real movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 8, 2008
Ritchie concocts a crime-jungle demimonde that's organically linked to the real world, and it's a damn fun one to visit.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 8, 2008
A sharp comedy as well as a punk-pulp spree.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
October 8, 2008
What do you have to do to get your career revoked in England, short of being Gary Glitter?
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 8, 2008
The violence is idiotic and brutal (the story is just idiotic), but it's also so noncommittal that it doesn't offend. Like the filmmaking itself, the violence has no passion, no oomph, no sense of real or even feigned purpose.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 3, 2008
Guy Ritchie returns with a vengeance in a terrifically funny and convoluted crime tale.
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David Germain
Associated Press
September 5, 2008
While Ritchie stumbled with his last two flicks, RocknRolla has the kind of manic energy that made audiences fall for the rogues of his earlier films.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
September 5, 2008
Ritchie's film is arguably his most entertaining to date. With its cheeky wit, non-PC provocations, cock-eyed class-consciousness and cheerful irreverence it could be the closest thing to Ealing comedy we're offered these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Leydon
Variety
September 4, 2008
Guy Ritchie bounces back to top form with RocknRolla, a cleverly constructed, sensationally stylish and often darkly hilarious seriocomic caper.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
September 4, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 4, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 4, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 4, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4