Critic Review - New Yorker

It's complete trash and makes a mockery of Holmes's vaunted deductive reasoning.

January 16, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (24)
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Thomas Wier

Thomas Wier

"It's complete trash and makes a mockery of Holmes's vaunted deductive reasoning."

No, it really doesn't. I would advise that you read "A Scandal in Bohemia," "A Study in Scarlet" and "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter," and the "Adventure of the Final Problem," all of which share many elements with the two most recent films.

I wonder...have you actually read any of the canon?

Jan 20 - 03:38 PM

Bish Malik

Bish Malik

You have bad taste mate.

Jan 21 - 04:19 PM

Joel Cieslak

Joel Cieslak

Right on

Feb 1 - 10:09 PM

Gonçalo Alves Silva

Gonçalo Alves Silva

It is funny, that having watched more faithfull adaptations of the final problem, the ammount of deductive reasoning is so severely lacking, this movie actually improves on it.

Jun 14 - 12:20 PM

Joshua Stark

Joshua Stark

Complete trash? I saw nothing wrong with his deductive skills. Is it because they didn't spend a large portion of the movie re-explaining the fact that Holmes is a master at his craft? You mean to say that you weren't entertained in the least? You're a clown.

Jan 21 - 03:40 AM

Chinmay Kumar

Chinmay Kumar

u r right man how can it be a complete trash

Mar 23 - 07:52 PM

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Devin Sibson

Seems like you're the clown since you think magical premonitions are the same as deductive reasoning. I wonder, have you ever had as much as a third grade education, because it seems like you're dumb.

Apr 20 - 02:55 AM

Satchmo

Louis Worley

So many people go into movies anymore worth their minds already made up. Its clear in reading their reviews. This individual's agenda was clear. Hate for hate's sake. I can't imagine what it would be like to forget how to simply enjoy a movie.

Jan 21 - 11:18 AM

Bish Malik

Bish Malik

Bruce, you have bad taste.

Jan 21 - 04:20 PM

Aliki Capatos

Aliki Capatos

crap. you're full of it.

Jan 22 - 02:57 AM

Tyrone Simmons Jr.

Tyrone Simmons Jr.

I agree with him, it really wasn't that good, and it didn't capture the spirit of Sherlock Holmes for me. I also didn't care about any of the characters.

Jan 22 - 07:13 PM

Ngo Ductri

Ngo Ductri

i couldnt agree more, people go to cinema to enjoy cheap entertainment. I went with my family and i had to keep my politeness not to get the fuck out, R.Jr.D like a anoying clown.

Jan 23 - 09:14 PM

Nguyen Minh

Nguyen Minh

Please at least get the name right. His name is Robert Downey Junior, hence RDJ or RDJr, not RJrD. He worked hard for this role, and his performance was wonderful, especially alongside Jude Law. The Holmes-Watson dynamic is what I like the most about this series.

Apr 15 - 03:40 AM

Mary Platt

Mary Platt

You are completely wrong on this one, Bruce. "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" was a smart and funny movie, action-packed in the best of ways, and this old Sherlock Holmes fan was pleased beyond measure with the way the Great Detective was portrayed by RDJ. Not to mention his Watson, as played by Law, who in these movies is FINALLY a full partner to Holmes, not some bumbling sidekick. Ritchie's movies truly capture the spirit of Conan Doyle's stories without being yet another slavish interpretation (and who needs yet another of THOSE?) - they are innovative, beautifully realized (wow, the cinematography in this one - and the effects!) and the pacing is sublime. I think you need to elevate your level of taste. open your mind a little, and see what Ritchie and company are really doing here. And READ THE BOOKS -- you'll see how closely this hews to the original, while updating it so smartly for modern audiences.

Mar 9 - 04:08 PM

Angie Reed

Angie Reed

Give me 10 things that were wrong with it. SPECIFIC things. I bet you can't. "complete trash and makes a mockery of Holmes's vaunted deductive reasoning". How would you like to make a movie and put blood sweat and tears into it and have a rude comment like that from a critic. Your comment was totally uncalled for.

Mar 13 - 12:10 AM

Mike S.

Mike Stark

"How would you like to make a movie and put blood sweat and tears into it and have a rude comment like that from a critic. Your comment was totally uncalled for."

Oh, ok, so if an individual spends time making a movie that, in a critic's subjective opinion, is utter tripe, said critic should shut his mouth or praise the movie regardless, even if he despised it?

Wow, way to conform. Don't have your own opinions, just blindly regurgitate the views of others. You numb bitch.

Apr 19 - 05:32 PM

Tommy H.

Tommy Edward

You're right. A movie should be judged by how good it is, not by how hard and expensive it was to make. Can you imagine if every critic considered being nice and politically correct before reviewing a film? Then all the expensive crap Hollywood puts out would get a higher rating than all the great low-budget, quickly made films out there. If you ask me that's a big problem in today's society. People value being nice and emotional over being truthful and intelligent.

May 8 - 01:07 PM

Nguyen Minh

Nguyen Minh

There is a difference between lambasting profusely and constructive, tactful criticism. It's not about freedom of opinion, it's about how you express it.

May 17 - 07:37 AM

Margaret White

Margaret White

Name calling is rude and does not help prove your point. That was unnecessary immaturity Mike.

Jun 9 - 02:37 PM

justjoustin

Joshua G

Why does he need to give you 10 specific things that are wrong with the film? Give him 10 reasons why you think he is wrong if you are so convinced. And just because you say "I bet you can't", doesn't mean he can't.

Jul 8 - 11:47 PM

Mark SaintLo

Mark SaintLo

I'll give you 10 reasons:
1: Robert Downey Jr.
2: Jude Law
3: Sherlock and Watson's bromance
4: The "Sherlock Vision" where we see all his analysis and predictions of the next 10 movements of his foe
5: The mental battle between Moriarty and Sherlock
6: Mycroft
7: Sherlock's deaths (yeah, he dies twice and still comes back. That is simply BAD ASS).
8: The TOTALLY SHERLOCKIAN investigation style he sees stuff and doesn't says anything until the end where he explains it all)
9: Hanz Zimmer's soundtrack
10: Watson's bachelor party.

Jul 30 - 04:53 PM

Mark SaintLo

Mark SaintLo

I'll give you 10 reasons:
1: Robert Downey Jr.
2: Jude Law.
3: Sherlock and Watson's bromance.
4: The "Sherlock Vision" where we see all his analysis and predictions of the next 10 movements of his foe.
5: The mental battle between Moriarty and Sherlock.
6: Mycroft.
7: Sherlock's deaths (yeah, he dies twice and still comes back. That is simply BAD ASS).
8: The TOTALLY SHERLOCKIAN investigation style (he sees stuff and doesn't says anything until the end where he explains it all)
9: Hanz Zimmer's soundtrack.
10: Watson's bachelor party.

Jul 30 - 04:55 PM

Dave M.

Dave Mart

Robert Downey Jr. is always superb as Sherlock Holmes, and the action packed plot works in every possible scene. Also, the historical setting is quite distintctive and respected, the Franco-Prussian War being the main stage of the plot. Jared Harris was also brilliant as Moriarty, and every single moment of the three scenes between them are priceless... Mr. Diones here is just another hater of good movies under the sole banner that they are "recent" and thought as blockbusters. Yet, I'm quite sure Bruce Diones was one of the first lovers of movies like Avatar when they came out.

Apr 24 - 07:35 PM

Keith Le Matti

Keith Le Matti

Dave, you're absolutely spot on. Jared Harris probably stole the show over everyone other than Downey Jr., yet once again the latter was incredible. He is such a well balanced Holmes. He is far better than Cumberbatch in the new tv series (who is also a very good Holmes, just not quite as true to his character at times). Bruce, you clearly have not read the books, and that's probably why you didn't like the film: you're full of yourself, and think that you are better than anyone who might claim to be the iconic character. Now, as for the part of your cheap attack on re-creation of Holmes' deductive reasoning, you clearly don't understand that Conan Doyle created a character that used a series of deductions to create an "abduction" not deduction. Choosing the most pragmatic explanation. Well, think about how this film does that so well. The final scene with the photograph and chess match portrays it perfectly. Watch the film after you've done your research, and maybe your attitude won't be so ill-informed.

May 13 - 06:14 AM

Ashitira D.

Ashitira Dea

I have half of Sir Arthur's Holmes stories. I enjoyed the movie also, can't wait for the next Sherlock Holmes.

May 15 - 06:19 AM

James Landry

James Landry

This was an awesome movie.

Jun 11 - 12:31 PM

Wyatt Alvarez

Wyatt Alvarez

Your complete trash!

Jun 12 - 12:28 PM

Timothy Benware

Timothy Benware

Trash? This movie is way more complicated than most see that it is, and I like the "makes a mockery" part, as if you grew up with sherlock holmes. get real.

Jun 13 - 03:56 PM

Aaron Klein

Aaron Klein

Meh. Everyone is entitled to their own opinionâ?¦ even if their opinion is complete trash and a mockery.

Jun 15 - 08:22 AM

Aaron Klein

Aaron Klein

Well, I suppose everyone is entitled to their own opinion... even if their opinion is complete trash and a mockery.

Jun 15 - 08:23 AM

Olayinka Babalola

Olayinka Babalola

Complete Trash? Pray tell, sir, what is complete trash? I myself have read several sherlock holmes books and I saw nothing "Trashy" about it.

This movie is a brilliant adaptation (something which you obviously know nothing about) of the book, not lacking in humour effects or a good plot. Kudos to Guy Ritchie.

Shame on you.

Jun 19 - 02:48 AM

Kathleen G.

Kathleen Griffiths

Absolutely spot on Bruce.

Bring back Basil and Nigel!!!

Jun 25 - 09:15 AM

Ryan Warwick

Ryan Warwick

i feel bad for you

Jun 29 - 09:18 AM

Mike Morkes

Mike Morkes

Obviously Diones would have been much happier with another tired retread, complete with the deerstalker hat and meerscham pipe...OOOH, and the actor could walk around muttering the incorrect phrase, "Elementary, my dear Watson" each time he deduces a clue.

I know, I know, you saw "The Great Mouse Detective," and that makes you an expert on all things Baker Street, right?

If Hollywood is going to insist on remaking every known book and movie rather than come up with something new, at least let people like Ritchie put an interesting new spin on the content.

Jul 5 - 03:07 PM

Tom Spence

Tom Spence

so you gave this a rotten and twilight a fresh?

Jul 17 - 11:09 PM

Mark SaintLo

Mark SaintLo

OH. MY. GOD.
HE DID?!
Mr. Bruce, you are hereby excomulgated from the Order of the Reviewers, you hypocrite.

Enough said people, there is no reason to keep commenting here!
Whoever can give Twilight a "Fresh" has an invalid opinion.

Jul 30 - 05:02 PM

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