Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 27
  2. Negative: 9 out of 27
  1. 80
    Lewd, crude and occasionally too brutal to take, it's also gorgeous, heartfelt.
  2. Reviewed by: Louise Rosen
    A highly entertaining movie in a genre that is often as stiff as the Lady Gibson's boning.
  3. 79
    A cross between a Hogarth painting and an MTV video, Plunkett & Macleane cuts quite a swath.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Scott makes it easy to overlook the conventionality beneath his sometimes overdone but almost always enjoyable combination of atmosphere and propulsiveness.
  5. 63
    A tad too raunchy for its own good.
  6. Reviewed by: Milton Kent
    Too much fun to ignore.
  7. 60
    It's vulgar, to be sure, but it's also brash and invigorating.
  8. 60
    Its greatest flaw is the casting of Miller ("Trainspotting," "Hackers"), who continues to have virtually no screen presence...For all that, Plunkett & Macleane is fun.
  9. 60
    This buddy movie grows on you.
  10. Its noisily inappropriate pop-rock score overwhelms its meager subplots about British class conflict.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    The plunk-ing of a rap/disco soundtrack onto a movie about debtors' prisons and 18th century British highwaymen?
  12. The whole thing seems to have been faked up for our amusement, like a circus freak show.
  13. Watchable in a facile, trashy way. Unfortunately, most of the movie is mired in sludge, slime, mud, blood, and studiously dank cinematography.
  14. There's not an original idea rattling around in the empty-headed but gorgeous-to-behold period film.
  15. None of it adds up to terribly much beyond a rip-roaring adventure that shows off Carlyle and Miller as cynical British city cousins of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
  16. 40
    Rollicking is the term that best sums up Plunkett and Macleane, not in itself a bad thing, just, I think, not a very good thing.
  17. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    It doesn't really hang together. And waaay too much style. Pity.
  18. 38
    A film overgrown with so many directorial flourishes that the heroes need machetes to hack their way to within view of the audience.
  19. Scott treats the material as if it were grist for a 30-second spot or a rowdy music video.
  20. A noisy, amateurish mess that doesn't work on any level - an extended, clich-ridden MTV video set to anachronistic bad music.
  21. Reviewed by: Gary Daupin
    The script is as full of holes as some of the highwaymen's bullet-riddled victims -- why not throw a drum-and-bass track over everything?
  22. 25
    An ugly, stupid movie it turned out to be. Incoherent, arbitrary, hyperactive and dark enough to make you fear you've gone blind.
  23. Reviewed by: Jan Stewart
    Everything is stunningly photographed by John Mathieson, but to paraphrase Gertrude Stein, a cockroach is a cockroach is a cockroach.
  24. Reviewed by: Daysun Chang
    An empty void of tasteless action, formula plot, and dull dialogue set in a sadly under-utilized time period.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Jul 25, 2014
    Fantastic movie it is the best movie that I had ever seen it was such a laugh and it had such good actors too.Top class drama comedy and a really good film.So looking forward to a follow up film.Is there any chance of second film being released? Full Review »
  2. Oct 24, 2010
    It would seem to be a somewhat accurate depiction of an interesting age and conveys a lot of atmosphere. The cinematography is excellent. The interactions between the characters are entertaining. The soundtrack is unusual and very good. And Liv Tyler is gorgeous (!). Full Review »
  3. LukeS
    Nov 30, 2007
    Enjoyable from start to finish but is obviously not high cinema and will detract from your viewing if you treat it as such. It's dark, gritty, romantic and evil shameful fun, taking a distinct tangent from similar period stuffs in this genre. Also, the scene where an injured Macleane awakes to find a Lady Rebecca at his table is wonderful. Carlyle is consistently exceptional in everything he does, including this. Full Review »