YMMV / RocknRolla

  • Anti-Climax Boss: The Russian mercenaries—two incredibly tough and tenacious badasses who...eventually get shot by Archy. Offscreen.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: That annoying weird martial arts kid.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: The second robbery, and its subsequent chase sequence.
    "Abandon ship!"
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Again, Guy Ritchie is known for this. Try "Bank Robber" and "Have Love Will Travel".
    • Also, "Rock & Roll Queen"
    • The main theme, Black Strobe's "I'm a Man," that plays over the opening credits is an Ear Worm.
  • Fridge Brilliance / "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In the years since this film was released, the international real estate and housing market (Which all the characters constantly refer to as booming and overflowing with cash) has undergone a collapse the likes of which has not been seen in years, and was actually one of the instigating factors for the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1920s and 1930s. It was not intentional, he did not see the collapse coming, but in the commentary Guy Ritchie explains that this collapse came about because of exactly what the characters in the film are doing. Not the violence and crime, but people buying low-cost properties and inflating their prices and re-selling them in a long chain from one to the next until the entire system ultimately collapses under its own weight.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Lenny immediately suspects that Johnny faked his death (before the events of the film began) and questions Roman, his manager, if he personally saw the body. Specifically, he asks "Did you see him hanging from the ceiling with his cock in his hand, like a real Rockn Rolla?" Cue the news of how David Carradine really died...
  • Ho Yay: Uri's right-hand man Victor is extremely protective, does his dirty work, follows him around like a puppy and hates Stella's guts. And all Uri's ex-girlfriends. And phones Uri to interrupt him proposing to Stella. Then he presumably kills Stella.
    • That was because she had come into possession of the painting, as a gift from One-Two. Neither of them were aware of its value or its true owner. Uri assumed she was the one responsible for its theft, and gave Victor the order.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: Ritchie's crime films are often criticized for being too similar to each other.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Johnny Quid is a coarse, violent, sneering junkie who treats people with little to no respect. He's also been abused, both physically and verbally, by Lenny for most if not all of his childhood and was constantly shipped out to boarding schools so Lenny wouldn't have to deal with him. Even worse, he's constantly blamed for causing his mother to commit suicide, something the film implies isn't his fault in the slightest. Is it any wonder the dude turned out the way he did?
  • Lawful Evil: Lenny likes to paint himself as this, declaring that he is there to keep order in the underworld. However, the truth is that Lenny is slimy, selfish, greedy, willing to break his word and bargains with anyone doing business with him. Plus, Lenny is secretly a rat who has been selling all of his criminal associates to the law one by one for years in order to avoid doing jail time himself. Archy, Lenny's dragon is the real thing: supremely loyal, true to his word, and willing to go out and kill anyone he's ordered to, or that it's necessary to kill, even while he shows that he's upset by Lenny's more selfish actions and double-crossing ways.