Mr. Holmes Reviews

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October 11, 2017
Even hidden under pounds of make-up and doddering more than he needs to, McKellen turns in a touching performance.
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 21, 2015
The mystery subplot lacks the ingenuity of the greatest Holmes stories, but McKellen excels, switching effortlessly between the reclusive beekeeper with a faltering memory and the elegant younger detective at the height of his powers.
July 19, 2015
It's a gripping little tale, to be sure, but it's more than that. Somewhere in its tangle of timelines, false starts, and red herrings is a great truth about the unsolvable mystery of the human soul.
Top Critic
July 17, 2015
Even those who've read the book can be startled by what happens in Mr. Holmes, while they're being moved by McKellen in a role he's come to late, but with his customary elegance.
July 17, 2015
[An] intriguing if only semi-satisfying Sherlockian enterprise.
July 17, 2015
The best of it, as in Condon's other movies, are the details of emotions, fleeting but just as quickly caught - true concern camouflaged by flashes of impatience, unutterable despair masquerading as simple grief.
July 17, 2015
Mr. Holmes adds another version of the beloved character to the Sherlock canon; less a mystery solved than a character explored, fascinating in many small ways thanks to superb work from McKellen.
July 17, 2015
McKellen is masterful, in a multilayered tale that navigates the no man's land between memory and fiction.
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 17, 2015
Mr. Holmes is about how the past defines us. It is also very much about regret and trying to put things right.
July 17, 2015
The film's plots are soft and flimsy, and they don't mesh as gracefully as they might, but they do serve as an adequate trellis for Mr. McKellen's performance, which is gratifyingly but unsurprisingly wonderful.
July 16, 2015
McKellen is brilliant throughout, his piercing blue eyes revealing the gallantry of youth and the sadness of a life's worth of memories slipping further away.
July 16, 2015
There is nothing elementary about Mr. Holmes, the fascinating film that tells the "true story" of what happens when the world's most famous detective goes into retirement and seclusion.
July 16, 2015
Sherlock Holmes may have never really walked the earth, but Mr. Holmes humanizes him to such a degree, you walk out of the theater practically convinced you've just watched a biopic.
July 16, 2015
It's a gentle examining of life near its end. And with McKellen at its center, his face as gloriously long and complex as a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle plot, it's also a master class in acting.
July 16, 2015
An elegant puzzler that presents the sage of Baker Street dealing with the one thing he's never had to contend with before: his own emotions.
Top Critic
July 16, 2015
Along with all the sighs and grunts, McKellen gives Sherlock a rich inner life troubled by moral and existential doubts.
July 16, 2015
A careful, deliberate exploration of a powerful personality that has to rush a bit at the end, but doesn't quite trip over itself in the process.
July 16, 2015
The movie, directed by Bill Condon, provides a showcase for Mr. McKellen, who in real life is 76; watching every moment of his performance is pure pleasure.
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