Sherlock Holmes (2009)



Critic Consensus: Guy Ritchie's directorial style might not be quite the best fit for an update on the legendary detective, but Sherlock Holmes benefits from the elementary appeal of a strong performance by Robert Downey, Jr.

Movie Info

The mysterious action-adventure, "Sherlock Holmes" staged by the renowned filmmaker Guy Ritchie for Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. Robert Downey Jr., the legendary detective borrows its shape, and Jude Law plays Holmes' reliable Mr Watson, of Sherlock Holmes as a doctor and war veteran actively supported.

Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, some startling images and a scene of suggestive material)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Bales, Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram, Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 30, 2010
Box Office: $208.7M
Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Sherlock Holmes

All Critics (232) | Top Critics (48)

There's plenty of fun and entertainment to be had from Guy Ritchie's take on the character for both fans of Doyle's work and for those just getting to know Holmes and Watson.

Full Review… | September 24, 2012

... Bears the stamp of its director, Guy Ritchie, much more so than that of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ...

Full Review… | November 5, 2011
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

The plot races and roars through a deliciously grungy combination of real sets and CGI for all sorts of big-action scenes in and around turn-of-the-century London.

Full Review… | September 30, 2011
American Profile

Ritchie provides big dumb fun, but it's hard to imagine worse casting than Bob Downey, Jr. Maybe Verne Troyer or RuPaul. Downey's self-important bluster and lousy accent ruin the film. But pleasing score from Hans Zimmer's team.

July 25, 2011

Proof that Guy Richie can still make good films, though it's not without flaws.

Full Review… | May 9, 2011
Fan The Fire

Purists can, and certainly will, spend much time arguing how much is true to the material and how much was changed but the rest won't, and shouldn't care. The fact is, Sherlock Holmes is just down right entertaining.

Full Review… | March 30, 2011

Audience Reviews for Sherlock Holmes


Enjoyed it thoroughly!! took me back to my childhood fascination with the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes movies as I tried to deduce everything as Holmes did lol. A fun solid modern adaptation of a great character.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


Watched this movie with my cousins and I think it was good? Was not entirely sober at the time.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer

Holmes and Watson prevent the dastardly murder of an innocent girl during a satanic ritual, but when the would be murderer seems to come back from the grave the dynamic duo seem to have met their match....RockNRolla was a strong indication that the Ritchie formula was starting to wear a little thin, but the reinvention of Sherlock Holmes as a hard-drinking, bare knuckle brawling geezer was ringing some serious alarm bells with me (especially since the trailer made it look like Van Helsing 2). Thankfully, Robert Downey Jr. pulls out all the stops to make the character an infectious, eccentric cross between Doctor Who and Indiana Jones, and somehow it works brilliantly. He is perfectly complimented by Jude Law who shares great chemistry with his co-star making them a real Butch And Sundance of Victorian London. Their on screen partnership also has more than a little in common with the Cary Grant/Rosalind Russell pairing in His Girl Friday meaning Rachel McAdams is also on hand to provide the eye candy and stop them from looking too gay. It is a bit guilty of Pirate-izing the material, but the hokey hoodoo never gets too out of hand and the result is a hugely enjoyable comic strip romp that's everything The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen should have been, but wasn't.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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