EW Staff
August 13, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Nick Moran, Rick Moran, Jason Statham, Sting
director
Guy Ritchie
author
Guy Ritchie
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Comedy

We gave it a B-

Sold short in its theatrical release last spring by being tagged Tarantino-esque, British newcomer Guy Ritchie’s cheeky, bullet-riddled melee — sparked off by four sharp-dressed lads scheming to repay a 500,000[pounds] marker — should be a hit on video. At the very least, the rewind button offers the chance to suss out the twisting plot, the motley crew of East End criminals, and the clever dialogue made all the more challenging by cockney slang. It’s not genre-defining (at this point, what could be?) but, loaded with devilishly hip camerawork and a driving soundtrack, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is bloody fun.

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