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Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)


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Also released under the title Young Sherlock Holmes and the Pyramid of Fear, this film follows the adventures of young John Watson (Alan Cox) when he is shipped off to boarding school and meets up with the brilliantly bizarre Sherlock Holmes (Nicolas Rowe). The two boys strike up a friendship and promptly become involved in the investigation of a number of mysterious murders. When their curiosity gets them into trouble with a dangerous religious cult, Watson and Holmes must struggle to avoid

Dec 2, 2003

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (7) | DVD (14)

This is the origin story for the world's first consulting detective that Conan Doyle was never considerate enough to write for us...

March 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

The idea to center on Holmes and Watson as young men is good and original but the execution is rather poor and Levinson's direction is impersonal.

June 30, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Squanders its start as a charming character study.

August 21, 2004 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

Like a peacock showing its bright colours. Sadly, it's all about show, not substance.

July 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Reveals that Holmes' true love is tortured to death in a big-budget extravaganza that provided the bastard sire for Jar Jar Binks.

July 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Big, silly, loud, nicely designed, and occasionally enjoyable.

May 23, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

By the time Young Sherlock Holmes clangs to a close, the assets of the film are buried beneath an avalanche of unnecessary bells and whistles.

February 22, 2004 Full Review Source:

There is something about Holmes's elegant, haunting, and whisperingly melancholic distance, his analytical remove from the world, that inspires a desire for glimpses of the baroque corridors of labyrinthine interiors.

December 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

definitely worth a better reception than it's received over the years.

November 23, 2003 Full Review Source:

Not so successful try to install some youth in the Holmes canon.

June 20, 2003
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Audience Reviews for Young Sherlock Holmes

I might have loved this more if I didn't love Sherlock Holmes. But, I do. The plot seemed hopelessly contrived and the acting--with the notable exception of Watson--wooden. The sets were good, though, as were the costumes.
September 21, 2012
Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

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Young Sherlock Holmes was the must see film when I was at school in 1985. I remember it was the first film where I really appreciated the special effects, the scene where the stain-glass window comes to life in particular. I believe it was the first big gig for Pixar that really got them started, it still looks good now. I did enjoy the film, then and on recent re-watch but I think it's a little disrespectful to Arthur Conan Doyle's story, forgivable but a little bit naughty. It's obviously been a huge influence to J.K. Rowling too, funny how Chris Columbus wrote this and then went on to direct Harry Potter, I can't help but think the Conan Doyle estate have a good case here (no s**t Sherlock).
September 3, 2012

Super Reviewer

Described as "fan-fiction" by my Sherlock Holmes book fan brother, and by me as "a good kids movie". Yes, the film makes it perfectly clear, twice, that this story is not part of any of the books about Holmes, or anything written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at all. But that doesn't make it a horrible movie. It has some good action scenes, and it's structured as a normal kids mystery movie with both foreseen and unforeseen twists at the end. I'm not saying it was a good movie either, though. It has its share of boring talky scenes, but at least they made me laugh sometimes. Overall, it's an okay movie, not too bad, but not good either.
December 19, 2011

Super Reviewer

Not nearly as interesting and fun as I remembered it.
August 16, 2010
Robert C

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    1. Sherlock Holmes: Well done Watson!
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Foreign Titles

  • Le secret de la pyramide (FR)
  • 25456 (ES)
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