RocknRolla

Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 4 out of 28

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Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    Ritchie whisks you along on a whirlwind tour, but he's not averse to putting on the brakes long enough to admire some of his favorite attractions.
  2. It never generates much interest in its story or affection for its characters, and it's simply not half as funny as it needs to be.
  3. If only RocknRolla's characters were at all believable - even in the context of its own cartoon universe.
  4. 50
    As punchy and energetic as the first few moments are, the rest of the film quickly falls back into mediocrity.
  5. Like the filmmaking itself, the violence has no passion, no oomph, no sense of real or even feigned purpose.
  6. On the plus side, the actors - especially Butler and Wilkinson - work overtime to pump some extra life into the self-conscious script.
  7. 50
    This film's got EVERYTHING, although purists might quibble that it lacks any sliver of plausibility or dramatic interest.
  8. RocknRolla is a copy of a copy of a valuable original, and you know how faint and unintelligible those can be.
  9. 40
    Thinking back on watching these performers, I see them mostly as an arrangement of bewildered actors awaiting orders, as if Ritchie hasn't bothered to tell them what he needs them to do. He’d sure make a lousy Mob boss.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 257 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 55
  2. Negative: 6 out of 55
  1. EbriamH
    Nov 28, 2009
    9
    Loved it, from beginning to end. I wild rollercoaster of a film, not too different from Snatch but when judged on it's own, it's a Loved it, from beginning to end. I wild rollercoaster of a film, not too different from Snatch but when judged on it's own, it's a great film. The Real RocknRolla can't come fast enough. Full Review »
  2. Jun 14, 2013
    10
    Best movie ever
  3. Jul 25, 2012
    9
    RocknRolla tells an engaging story, a surprise in itself given just how many character arcs are taken on, but screenwriter-director GuyRocknRolla tells an engaging story, a surprise in itself given just how many character arcs are taken on, but screenwriter-director Guy Ritchie handles this monumental task well, each group of characters have their own individual story unfold, but crossover and intertwine with others until the conclusion, where the plot drives each of the characters to the one place. I am reminded of Grand Theft Auto IV and its two DLC ("The Lost and the Damned" and "The Ballad of Gay Tony") and how the main characters' stories, while on the whole entirely different affairs, crossover at certain points, maybe its just me, but that's a narrative technique that I find admirable. The cast pull it off with an aplomb, I mean, come on, Gerard Butler, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong and Tom Wilkinson to name but a few, this movie's casting is nothing short of inspired. But most important of all, the cast seem to have fun with their roles, and it's awesome to see actors who enjoy what they do not just for the extensive salary, but for the joy of acting itself. Full Review »