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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.more
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: Lionel Wigram, Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham, Simon Kinberg, Paul Bales
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 30, 2010
Box Office: $208.7M
Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow - Official Site


Robert Downey Jr.
as Sherlock Holmes
Jude Law
as Dr. John Watson
Rachel McAdams
as Irene Adler
Mark Strong (II)
as Lord Blackwood
Eddie Marsan
as Inspector Lestrade
Geraldine James
as Mrs. Hudson
Kelly Reilly
as Mary Morstan
William Houston
as Constable Clark
Hans Matheson
as Lord Coward
James Fox
as Sir Thomas Rotheram
William Hope
as Ambassador Standish
Clive Russell
as Captain Tanner
Oran Gurel
as Reordan
Andrew Brooke
as Guard Cpatain
James Stephens
as Captain Phillips
Tom Watt
as Carriage Driver
John Kearney
as Carriage Driver
Sebastian Abineri
as Coach Driver
James A. Stephens
as Captain Philips
Terry Taplin
as Groundskeeper
Bronagh Gallagher
as Palm Reader
Ed Tolputt
as Anonymous Man
Joe Egan
as Big Man
Jefferson Hall
as Young Guard
Miles Jupp
as Waiter
Marn Davies
as Police Officer
Andrew Greenough
as Prison Guard
Ned Dennehy
as Man With Roses
Martin Ewens
as Removable Man
Amanda Grace Johnson
as Young Woman Sacrific...
James Greene
as Governor
David Emmings
as Grave Policeman
Ben Cartwright
as Grave Policeman
Chris Sunley
as Grave Policeman
Michael Jenn
as Preacher
Timothy O'Hara
as Porter/Smith
Guy Williams
as Golden Dawn Envoy
John Kearney
as Carriage Driver
Dominic Keating
as Thorpe Holmes
Gareth David-Lloyd
as Dr. John H. Watson
Ben Syder
as Sherlock Holmes
William Huw
as Inspector Lestrade
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Critic Reviews for Sherlock Holmes

All Critics (233) | Top Critics (49)

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


What makes this film so refreshing and entertaining is Guy Ritchie's trademark stylish direction as he updates the legendary detective to a modern pop generation, and it has great dialogue, delicious performances and a wonderful production design.

Carlos Magalhães

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

Sherlock Holmes Quotes

Dr. John Watson: Wear a jacket.
Sherlock Holmes: You wear a jacket.
– Submitted by Hadi S (3 months ago)
Sherlock Holmes: Is it poison Nanny?
– Submitted by Nick M (3 years ago)
Sherlock Holmes: You've never complained about my methods before.
Dr. Watson: I'm not complaining.
Sherlock Holmes: You're not? What are you right now?
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?
Sherlock Holmes: Our rooms.
Dr. Watson: The rooms! When do I complain about you performing experiments on my dog?
– Submitted by Cody H (3 years ago)
Inspector Lestrade: In another life, Mr. Holmes, you would have made an excellent criminal.
Sherlock Holmes: Yes, and you an excellent policeman.
– Submitted by Typhon Q (3 years ago)

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