Mr. Holmes Reviews

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July 10, 2016
[McKellen's] portrayal of a cantankerous, doddering old man is flawlessly done, but also somewhat generic.
June 21, 2016
The proceedings are held together by McKellen's compelling performance and his deft switches between a spry 70-something and a precarious 93-year-old who looks back on his fame with amusement and regret.
May 5, 2016
The story is an intricate puzzle though never even slightly difficult to follow. But in the end, it's a testament to the process of writing as a way of coming to terms with one's past, and a celebration of the redemptive power of fiction.
April 11, 2016
The detective ducks into a movie theater and finds himself watching a (heroic) film version of himself. His response - a snicker tinged with melancholy and disdain - speaks volumes about the futility of trying to dictate how we will be remembered.
April 2, 2016
Graceful and elegiac, Mr. Holmes is a poignant meditation on mortality that just so happens to feature the world's greatest detective in the lead.
January 2, 2016
Mr Holmes is a quiet triumph whose ripples will keep washing over you long after you've left the cinema.
December 29, 2015
Mr. Holmes is a great vehicle for the showcasing of Ian McKellen. [Full review in Spanish]
December 3, 2015
One last case for the elderly detective that convinces him to cherish the mysteries of his existence.
November 22, 2015
A refreshingly cerebral interpretation of the sleuth cuts a sharp contrast to Robert Downey, Jr.'s relatively-bombastic version of the iconic character.
November 19, 2015
It's only at the end, when the ancient detective finally recognizes the simple comfort of holding another person's hand, that Mr. Holmes finds its emotional footing. Better late than never.
November 14, 2015
This isn't Guy Ritchie calling. "Mr. Holmes" is a gentle, moving story about a man who desperately wants to remember the past, but can't.
November 12, 2015
McKellen has created something new, a Holmes whose sharp edges are softening into a late-life understanding of the limits of logic and the worth of feeling.
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.
November 5, 2015
A handsome and often charming showcase for an ideally cast (and proboscically enhanced) Ian McKellen.
November 5, 2015
There's no sh*t in this Sherlock.
October 21, 2015
A deconstruction and reconstruction of the Sherlock Holmes character before the last chapter of his live ends. [Full review in Spanish]
September 25, 2015
A touching, dramatic imagining of the final, feeble days of the super sleuth.
September 11, 2015
Complimenting McKellan's performance are Bill Condon's direction and Cullen's script from his own novel. Neither is wildly cinematic but both are examples of solid and thoughtful craftsmanship.
August 25, 2015
Despite the talent and experience of McKellen and Linney, young actor Milo Parker steals the show. He and McKellen are both great in their scenes together. The friendship between these two characters makes this movie work.
August 25, 2015
The tale is a superbly written audience charmer that's afraid of neither facts nor feelings.
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