Mr. Holmes Reviews

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August 15, 2019
Suspense and sleuthing are a backstory to this elegant tale of regret, rectification and humility.
May 17, 2019
Mr. Holmes just about gets the job done thanks to McKellen and Parker, but too many mediocre elements ensure this affair is a sad waste of a strong concept.
May 10, 2019
Mr. Holmes is an exceptional and unique addition to the vast collection of Sherlock Holmes' journeys, rich with respect for its predecessors and bold in its thoughtful and reflective approach.
April 26, 2019
It is far from a perfect but I enjoyed it.
April 5, 2019
McKellen, delivering his inimitable drawl, is inevitably the star attraction here. He doesn't have to speak to have his presence felt, he can frown and find audiences laughing, and Jeffrey Hatcher's script sparkles in his hands.
March 13, 2019
Condon and Hatcher were just the men to bring this atypically humanistic vision of Sherlock Holmes from book to screen, and Mr. Holmes is a movie I'll be itching to revisit for years.
January 19, 2019
McKellen is such a commanding presence that he keeps "Mr. Holmes" interesting, even when the story comes close to losing the audience.
November 1, 2018
Just go see it. This film is intelligent and well-constructed, brilliantly acted and visually beautiful. Do not go into this expecting a Holmes-and-Watson solve-the-case Baker Street whodunit; this story is more about the man than the mystery.
October 31, 2018
You may never have to leave the drawing room for this mystery, but at least that room is tastefully and beautifully decorated.
August 23, 2018
A beautifully portrayed story about aging and redemption that anyone can appreciate, no matter their level of Holmes mania.
March 16, 2018
McKellen succeeds in spades, charming us in one moment with his crotchetiness and breaking our hearts with his fear and weakness in another.
January 11, 2018
Despite meticulous acting, Bill Condon's film fails to bring emotional heft to 
the tragedy of the aging and gradual disappearance of the human intellect.
October 30, 2017
It is almost wholly down to McKellen that this Bill Condon-directed picture is still worth catching.
October 11, 2017
Even hidden under pounds of make-up and doddering more than he needs to, McKellen turns in a touching performance.
October 11, 2017
Mr. Holmes isn't another fast-paced adaptation of the character that pop-culture has become used to recently, but a quiet character piece that is radical in its introduction of a revisionist history for the character.
August 21, 2017
If the idea of a Holmes narrative penned by anyone other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gives purists pause, Cullin and Condon have done their homework.
June 27, 2017
This film... is also, without doubt, a most elegant elegy for a fictional character who was always more in love with facts than meaning.
April 18, 2017
It is McKellen whose talents are on best display. And he doesn't disappoint. As Holmes, Gandalf or Hamlet, McKellen never does.
March 13, 2017
At its heart, Mr. Holmes could be about anyone feeling the sting of unfinished business as old age settles in; it presents a powerful message about admitting one's mistakes, and finding ways to seek closure that'll bring personal peace of mind.
July 30, 2016
... really about all those human experiences Holmes is least equipped to confront: friendship, compassion, human connection, the reasons to continue living as his sharp intellect loses its edge.
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