The film brought Guy Ritchie international acclaim and introduced actors Vinnie Jones and Jason Statham to worldwide audiences
Based on a $1.35 million budget, the film had a box office gross of over $28 million, making it a commercial success
In 2004, Total Film named it the 38th greatest British film of all time. In 2016, Empire magazine ranked Lock, Stock 75th on their list of the 100 best British films
It is also included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", by Steven Schneider.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 75% based on 65 reviews
According to the screenplay, Bacon got his name because as a youth he spent so much time in police stations people thought he was a cop