RocknRolla Reviews

  • Ritchie concocts a crime-jungle demimonde that's organically linked to the real world, and it's a damn fun one to visit.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • 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.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • I mean, Mr Ritchie: this genra: it's ova. I mean, doing yet anotha stinka of a drama about the mee-lee-a of the ersatz London gangsta? You're taking the piss - intcha?

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • RocknRolla is a well-acted and attitudinal action movie, a return to Ritchie's trademark 'Mockney' style, which takes amusing and twisted turns.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • 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.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • This is the first of his cartoons to work better as a movie than as a fashion spread.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • What do you have to do to get your career revoked in England, short of being Gary Glitter?

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • 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.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • (RocknRolla movie review at Houston Chronicle)

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • 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.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • 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.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • 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.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • (RocknRolla movie review at Philadelphia Inquirer)

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • It's a sad experience to watch RocknRolla, the obituary for the Guy Ritchie brand of English gangster flicks.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • 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.

    Adam Graham — Detroit News

  • 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.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • (RocknRolla movie review at Variety)

    Phil Gallo — Variety

  • Guy Ritchie bounces back to top form with RocknRolla, a cleverly constructed, sensationally stylish and often darkly hilarious seriocomic caper.

    Joe Leydon — Variety

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