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Sherlock Holmes (2009)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 231
Fresh: 162 | Rotten: 69

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.

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 21

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.

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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.

Mar 30, 2010

$208.7M

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All Critics (234) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (162) | Rotten (69) | DVD (15)

Despite a few laggard moments of slow going, Ritchie has pulled off an entertaining coup in giving us a Holmes for the 21st century by digging back to the 19th century original and adding a few bells and whistles.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comment (1)
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What was the thinking behind all this?

January 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (9)
Christian Science Monitor
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It's all knotted together, then unraveled with brio, by Holmes and Watson. There are fisticuffs galore, fiery combustion aplenty, and, yes, my dear reader, clever deduction.

December 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comments (2)
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The very idea of handing him over to professional lad Guy Ritchie, to be played as a punch-throwing quipster by Robert Downey Jr., is so profoundly stupid one can only step back in dismay.

December 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (21)
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Downey never winks -- heâ(TM)s too much of a pro for that -- but like the man heâ(TM)s playing, heâ(TM)s much, much smarter than the movie heâ(TM)s in.

December 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comment (1)
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By now we've seen so many good, bad, and indifferent Sherlocks that it's almost a relief to get something different, however wrongheaded. And there's no such thing as too much Downey.

December 28, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture | Comments (3)
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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.

September 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

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

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
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.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
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 | Comments (7)
ÜberCiné

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

May 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
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.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Ultimately, it achieves what it sets out to do: to entertain.

March 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com | Comment (1)
Needcoffee.com

Although Ritchie's itchy camera finger causes confusion in the more kinetic action sequences, Downey and Law take the film far enough into buddy film territory to make the misfires easily forgotten

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

Sherlock Holmes has something for everybody; an accessible film is exactly what Guy Ritchie's been looking for.

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex

In a year in which actioners featured robots with arthritis and sinking ice, Sherlock Holmes might as well be considered a work of genius.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Le film de Guy Ritchie livre la marchandise, même s'il semble souvent pris entre deux époques...

July 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Panorama | Comment (1)

Elementary, My dear readers. But not in a nice way.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

Ritchie doesn't disappoint, and, if you go in with modest expectations, neither does Sherlock Holmes.

July 4, 2010 Full Review Source: DCist

Like Ritchie's best films, this gets the job done as both an intriguing plot puzzle and a bouncy, entertaining romp.

May 16, 2010 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

It's entertaining, but it's also a bit goofy -- Holmes here is a Victorian 007.

May 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Comment (1)
Window to the Movies

The whole movie is kind of old-fashioned but also kind of modern at the same time, and I think that contrast is a big part of its appeal.

April 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

A character known for his supreme intelligence should not be trapped in such a dumbed-down plot.

April 2, 2010 Full Review | Comments (3)
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Guy Ritchie's noisy steampunk mauling of Arthur Conan Doyle's character is great galloping fun if ultimately slighter and less nervy than we might have hoped. Still, Robert Downey Jr. is great fun to watch and Jude Law has a clue.

April 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Sherlock Holmes is neither a cookie-cutter blockbuster nor insulting to the source material.

March 31, 2010 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch?
What Would Toto Watch?

Sherlock Holmes is ingenious and irreverent, flush with the attitude of unlikely director Guy Ritchie.

March 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine
Moving Pictures Magazine

Audience Reviews for Sherlock Holmes

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.
February 13, 2013
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Good movie, good casting and fun to watch. Is nothing new and maybe not as good as the BBC TV series on around the same time, but is a fair enough attempt at the original theme.
January 13, 2013
stuartb1234

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Watchable "Holmes" weighed down by elementary mystery. A puzzling disappointment.
December 22, 2012
The Gandiman
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    1. Sherlock Holmes: Is it poison Nanny?
    – Submitted by Nick M (18 months ago)
    1. Sherlock Holmes: You've never complained about my methods before.
    2. Dr. Watson: I'm not complaining.
    3. Sherlock Holmes: You're not? What are you right now?
    4. Dr. Watson: How am I complaining? I never complain. When do I complain about practicing your violin at three in the morning? Or your mess, your general lack of hygiene or the fact that you steal my clothes? When do I complain about you setting fire to my rooms?
    5. Sherlock Holmes: Our rooms.
    6. Dr. Watson: The rooms! When do I complain about you performing experiments on my dog?
    – Submitted by Cody H (23 months ago)
    1. Inspector Lestrade: In another life, Mr. Holmes, you would have made an excellent criminal.
    2. Sherlock Holmes: Yes, and you an excellent policeman.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (23 months ago)
    1. Sherlock Holmes: There's only one case that intrigues me at present. The curious case of Mrs. Hudson, the absentee landlady. I've been studying her comings and goings, they appear most... sinister.
    2. Mrs. Hudson: Tea, Mr. Holmes?
    3. Sherlock Holmes: Is it poisoned, Nanny?
    4. Mrs. Hudson: There's enough of that in you already.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (23 months ago)
    1. Blackwood: I warned you Holmes, to accept that this was beyond your control, beyond what your rational mind can comprehend.
    2. Sherlock Holmes: What a busy afterlife you're having.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (2 years ago)
    1. Irene Adler: Why are you always so suspicious?
    2. Sherlock Holmes: Shall I answer chronologically? Or alphabetically?
    – Submitted by Arjun I (2 years ago)
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