Snatch ★★★½

Guy Ritchie's frenetic filmcraft is 86-karat flawless, but Snatch's soul is noxious macho battery acid. But unlike his other early capers, this British gangster tale has a comic book-y energy (and a fuckin' dramatis personae, which, films, please do this more!) that makes it far more a crowdpleaser than Lock n' Rolla "I'm Hard" Revolver, and sows the seeds of his tremendously entertaining latter-day work.

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