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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

This existing version is still fascinating, funny and clever.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

August 18, 2008

Guardian

Billy Wilder's endearingly romantic The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is...worth seeing just for Alexandre Trauner's sets, especially a magical Baker Street.

Full Review Source: Guardian

August 14, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

This unjustly forgotten Billy Wilder film takes on the much-loved character of Sherlock Holmes and attempts to humanize him by examining his vulnerabilities.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 14, 2007
Variety Staff
Variety
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It is in large part old-fashioned, in that it's mile-wide and ancient-history Sherlock Holmes, but it's also handsomely produced and directed with incisiveness by Wilder.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 14, 2007
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

A true evocation of the spirit of the Strand Magazine, this is the best Holmes movie ever made and sorely underrated in the Wilder canon.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

December 30, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Stage actor Robert Stephens brilliantly plays Holmes with a nod and a wink.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

June 24, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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A wonderful, cruelly underrated film.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Wilder's second most underrated masterpiece.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

September 29, 2005
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Billy Wilder's psychological angle on Holmes is compelling.

| Original Score: 4/5

June 12, 2005
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

Wilder's after something more profound than a simple mystery tale here and to a large extent he succeeds in his quest to cast the man in relief when held up against The Legend

Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 82/100

October 25, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Before the movie is 20 minutes old, Wilder has settled for simply telling a Sherlock Holmes adventure.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 23, 2004
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The setup is brilliant. The central mystery -- concerning the Loch Ness Monster -- is less rewarding, and its shaggy sea-monster solution somewhat less than that.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

August 14, 2003
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

A mismatch of flavours (Holmes, Wilder) the thought of which doesn't so much turn your stomach as lead to speculation, and the taste of which is soured only by a foreknowledge of missed opportunities.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3/4

July 9, 2003

Billy Wilder stamps his own inimitable mark on to the strange case of Arthur Conan Doyle's greatest invention.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

You wouldn't expect anything directed by Wilder and scripted by his long-time associate IAL Diamond to be anything less than funny and watchable, and this is both.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

December 10, 2002
Jamie Russell
BBC.com

While it never achieves what the lost three hour print could have accomplished, this is still one of the sparkiest adventures that the private detective ever left 221b Baker Street for.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 4/5

November 22, 2002
Shane Burridge
rec.arts.movies.reviews

The story keeps accumulating disparate and baffling developments in a way that Conan Doyle would have been proud of

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September 24, 2002
Don Druker
Chicago Reader
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Affectionately conceived, chock-full of marvelous subtleties, this meticulously constructed adventure-romance shouldn't be missed.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 1, 2000
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is comparatively mild Billy Wilder and rather daring Sherlock Holmes, not a perfect mix, perhaps, but a fond and entertaining one.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2000
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 3/5

June 26, 2005
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