Mr. Holmes

2015, Mystery & thriller/Drama, 1h 45m

188 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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Mr. Holmes focuses on the man behind the mysteries, and while it may lack Baker Street thrills, it more than compensates with tenderly wrought, well-acted drama. Read critic reviews

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Long-retired and near the end of his life, Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) grapples with an unreliable memory and must rely on his housekeeper's son as he revisits the still-unsolved case that led to his retirement.

Cast & Crew

Ian McKellen
Sherlock Holmes
Laura Linney
Mrs. Munro
Patrick Kennedy
Thomas Kelmot
Roger Allam
Dr. Barrie
Philip Davis
Inspector Gilbert
Frances de la Tour
Madame Schirmer
Takako Akashi
Maya Umezaki
Zak Shukor
Masuo Umezaki
John Sessions
Mycroft Holmes
Michael Culkin
Bank Manager
Oliver Devoti
Ticket Agent
Mike Burnside
Ann's Solicitor
Nicholas Rowe
Matinee "Sherlock"
Sam Coulson
Matinee "Kelmot"
Frances Barber
Matinee "Madame Schirmer"
Hermione Corfield
Matinee "Ann Kelmot"
Jeffrey Hatcher
Screenwriter
Aviv Giladi
Executive Producer
Len Blavatnik
Executive Producer
Christine Langan
Executive Producer
Amy Nauiokas
Executive Producer
Virginia Katz
Film Editing
Carter Burwell
Original Music
Martin Childs
Production Design
Keith Madden
Costume Design
James Wakefield
Supervising Art Direction
Charlotte Watts
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Holmes

Audience Reviews for Mr. Holmes

  • Aug 26, 2016
    Of course McKellen is fantastic. So are his costars. Charming story. Worthwhile for any Holmes fan. Others will enjoy a well made film.
    Morris N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 18, 2016
    Brilliant in its subtlety.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2016
    An intriguing crime-drama, Mr. Holmes explores the elderly years of the world's most famous detective. Ian McKellen stars as an infirmed Sherlock Holmes who's retired to the countryside and is working on a memoir about his last case. McKellen's performance is rather interesting, and is quite different from the usually portrayals of the Holmes character. However the storytelling is rather weak, with a lot of nonlinear flashbacks that make the mystery kind of hard to follow. And the mystery itself doesn't seem to pose that much of a challenge or to be of any series importance. Somewhat of a subdued thriller, Mr. Holmes is a daring new interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved character but it's not very engaging.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2015
    Sherlock Holmes battles his failing memory as he tries to solve his last case, which still haunts him. The highlight of this film is the masterful work by Ian McKellen, whose take on an aging Holmes brings to mind the thesis of A Beautiful Mind: that intelligence can outwit the infirmities of the body. Despite his failing memory, Holmes attempts to retrain his brain to renew his deductive capacities, and yet in the lines of McKellen's face, we see the emotional toll these additional intellectual acrobatics work on him. The mystery plot is pedestrian, with a payoff that does not rival some of the classic Holmes mysteries, but in fairness, the film is about age and its ravages, not necessarily a typical whodunit. Overall, I like this take on Holmes, though I pray that they don't take it too far with an uninspired sequel.
    Jim H Super Reviewer

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