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 … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Kids & Family, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Chris Columbus
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 2, 2003
Paramount Pictures


as Sherlock Holmes

as Sherlock Holmes

as John Watson

as Elizabeth

as Mrs. Dribb

as Cragwitch

as Waxflatter

as Master Snelgrove

as Rev. Nesbitt

as Dudley's Friend

as Dudley's Friend

as Dudley's Friend

as Ethan Engle

as Egyptian Tavern Owne...

as Mr. Holmes

as Mrs. Holmes

as Curio Shop Owner

as Cemetery Caretaker

as School Porter

as School Reverend

as Policeman with Lestr...

as Policeman in Shop Wi...

as Hotel Receptionist

as Older Watson
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Critic Reviews for Young Sherlock Holmes

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 23, 2010
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.

Full Review… | June 30, 2005

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.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

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.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

Not nearly as interesting and fun as I remembered it.

Robert C

Super Reviewer

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