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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

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United Kingdom · 1998
Rated R · 1h 47m
Director Guy Ritchie
Starring Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham
Genre Comedy, Crime

A card shark and his unwillingly-enlisted friends need to make a lot of cash quickly after losing a sketchy poker match. To do this they decide to pull a heist on a small-time gang who happen to be operating out of the flat next door in this hilarious heist-thriller mashup.

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New Times (L.A.) by

Ritchie's showmanship--half macho braggadocio, half emotion-tinged bravura--slaps and tickles the viewer into submission. He takes a group of not-so-goodfellas, whose idea of fun is setting farts afire, and, against all odds, makes them lively and engaging.


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.


Variety by Derek Elley

Though Ritchie’s screenplay scores a 10 for sheer complexity and cleverness, it rates much lower down the scale for comprehensibility and audience involvement.


TV Guide Magazine by Maitland McDonagh

Ritchie appears to have been paying attention to what made "Reservoir Dogs" (a huge hit in the UK) work, rather than coming away convinced that the formula for success begins and ends with pop-culture allusions and scarcely digested "homages" to classic crime films.


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.


Film Threat by Ron Wells

Lock is filled with great writing, great acting, colorful characters, and a tight story. I actually like this film more than "Pulp Fiction".

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