Mr. Holmes Reviews

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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.
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.
November 9, 2015
Despite a brilliant performance from Sir Ian McKellen, Mr. Holmes is a little too scattered in its plot to leave much of an impact, making you wish that there had been more focus on its intriguing mystery and less on the less satisfying parts of the tale.
August 7, 2015
Essentially a senior-citizen version of Holmes fan fiction, McKellen makes the movie worth watching. Too bad the final caper doesn't match his dedication to character.
July 27, 2015
Finely acted, but ultimately disappointing epilogue to Sherlock Holmes' career.
July 22, 2015
As someone who neither hungers for yet another incarnation of this character nor understands why anyone would, I watched in subdued bafflement.
July 17, 2015
[An] intriguing if only semi-satisfying Sherlockian enterprise.
July 17, 2015
This Holmes is a bland old chap whose most significant characteristics are defined by what he is not.
July 17, 2015
It's a fairly compelling tale, but the intrigue we expect of a Holmes story is conspicuously lacking, even with three different mysteries unfurling onscreen.
July 16, 2015
A film that robs one of our greatest heroes of his sunset, thrusting him instead into a prolonged, dull twilight.
July 16, 2015
When Mr. Holmes concentrates on the character and gives its actor a platform to perform from, it's electrifying. When it doesn't it's dull.
July 16, 2015
Director Bill Condon and screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher are clueless, and come up with an incoherent, implausible, contrived mishmash.
July 16, 2015
Stories about mythic figures at the end of their days are compelling - but they still need some zing. That's what "Mr. Holmes" is missing.
Top Critic
July 16, 2015
I found the whole thing pokey and plodding, but there's no denying the fact that even when sitting through Mr. Holmes seems numbing, Mr. McKellen is a force so powerful he's his own reward.
July 16, 2015
Mr. Holmes has moments of palpable regret and loss, but visually speaking, it looks like a blandly touching movie about a lonely old man who befriends a scrappy kid and learns about the magic of storytelling.
July 14, 2015
More tasteful than melancholic - a grandma movie that treads into uncomfortable places before retreating to the safe, the reassuring and the sleepy.
July 13, 2015
Bill Condon ignores the delights and hardships of becoming an artist in lieu of simply presenting the long-touted liberating effects of art.
July 13, 2015
The atmosphere that enfolds "Mr. Holmes" could not be more sedate. It belongs to what a friend of mine calls the toot-toot genre, which includes any period film or TV drama that starts with a shot of a steam train.
July 8, 2015
McKellen's performance will likely be the only evidence worth remembering of Mr. Holmes' existence.
June 21, 2015
Alas, there is just something a little underpowered about the case itself and the decision to spend so much time with the elderly Holmes serves only to further diminish interest in its resolution.
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