Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
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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 backfires, leaving Eddy owing Harry a huge sum, payable within the week. In truth, Harry hopes to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Even when the accents are as indecipherable as the plot, Ritchie keeps the action percolating and the humor on high."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Fast-paced romp has violence, gangsters, drugs."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"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."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"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."
‑ , Boston Phoenix
"Expect plenty of laughs and some edge-of-your-seat sweats, but not a whole lot else."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels is the laborious title of an even more laborious Cockney action movie."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"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."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"Fans of Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown are in for a treat."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"Entertaining because of its intricate plot, kinetic editing and imaginative camera angles."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"The best one can say is that it's a smart cartoon, and a fairly exhausting viewing experience."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Guignol violence, Lock, Stock aspires to be something like the Beatles meet the Wild Bunch. Too bad it doesn't have even a rubber soul."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels est du très bon cinema."
‑ Louis-Jérôme Cloutier, Panorama
"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."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
‑ David N. Butterworth, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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