Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1999)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 5, 1999
DVD Release Date: August 31, 1999
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

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.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

Fast-paced romp has violence, gangsters, drugs.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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

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David Edelstein

Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels is the laborious title of an even more laborious Cockney action movie.

Bill Gibron

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.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

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

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Louis-Jérôme Cloutier

Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels est du très bon cinema.

Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
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… More
Mike S
Guy Ritchie's directorial debut is a verbally explosive crime-caper, with lots of clever and witty dialogue and a top notch cast. Original in style and… More
Daniel Perry
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… More
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[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Guy Ritchie makes an outstanding debut with LSATSB, a lively, witty and hilarious… More
Alex roy
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… More
Chris Weber
I didn't think it was quite a masterpiece, but it came pretty damn close. This movie pretty much put Guy Ritchie on the map, kinda like what Reservoir Dogs… More