90

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A dynamite bundle from British writer-director Guy Ritchie. Even when the accents are as indecipherable as the plot, Ritchie keeps the action percolating and the humor on high.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
It's a superior thriller made with the guts and gusto that too many recycled entries into the genre fail to exhibit.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
There are so many balls in the air in the cheerfully violent Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, you'll want to wear a helmet for fear they'll all come crashing down.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

Flawed but scrappy, confusing yet exhilarating, the Brit-made Lock, Stock is far from a perfect movie. And it's not for anyone squeamish about violence. But it is, like Green Day, a rockin' good time.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
If the dialect is hard to comprehend, that soon becomes part of the joke. It's unlikely that even the British audiences who made Lock, Stock a big hit got it all.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
[It's] like Tarantino crossed with the Marx Brothers, if Groucho had been into chopping off fingers...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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75

Chicago Tribune

By John Petrakis
Plenty of fun, less for its many plot twists than for its large and varied assortment of vibrant characters. [12 Mar 1999]
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The film's lures, while undeniable, are synthetic, and we never do learn what fuels all the greed besides pints of beer.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
The best one can say is that it's a smart cartoon, and a fairly exhausting viewing experience.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
A half-funny, half-ugly comedy about underworld ineptitude. [5 Mar 1999]
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66 out of 100
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Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.