The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes Reviews

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February 8, 2018
The entire effort may, I think, be ascribed to an insufficiency of imagination.
December 14, 2017
The film is still enjoyable enough, with good support from Christopher Lee as Holmes' brother Mycroft and a criminally brief appearance by Irene Handl as Mrs. Hudson and it is the performances throughout that maintain the interest.
September 27, 2014
Holmes is an extremely amusing and engaging picture, taking care of all the expected detective work as it offers a few surprises of its own.
July 22, 2014
The plotting is weak, and ill-served by the movie's generally lackadaisical approach; but the dialogue is witty, and Wilder and Diamond get a lot of mileage out of the idea that Sherlock Holmes is as fragile as he is brilliant.
August 18, 2008
This existing version is still fascinating, funny and clever.
August 14, 2007
Billy Wilder's endearingly romantic The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is...worth seeing just for Alexandre Trauner's sets, especially a magical Baker Street.
August 14, 2007
This unjustly forgotten Billy Wilder film takes on the much-loved character of Sherlock Holmes and attempts to humanize him by examining his vulnerabilities.
August 14, 2007
It is in large part old-fashioned, in that it's mile-wide and ancient-history Sherlock Holmes, but it's also handsomely produced and directed with incisiveness by Wilder.
December 30, 2006
A true evocation of the spirit of the Strand Magazine, this is the best Holmes movie ever made and sorely underrated in the Wilder canon.
June 24, 2006
Stage actor Robert Stephens brilliantly plays Holmes with a nod and a wink.
February 9, 2006
A wonderful, cruelly underrated film.
September 29, 2005
Wilder's second most underrated masterpiece.
June 26, 2005
June 12, 2005
Billy Wilder's psychological angle on Holmes is compelling.
October 25, 2004
Wilder's after something more profound than a simple mystery tale here and to a large extent he succeeds in his quest to cast the man in relief when held up against The Legend
October 23, 2004
Before the movie is 20 minutes old, Wilder has settled for simply telling a Sherlock Holmes adventure.
November 20, 2003
The picture has enough virtues and the flaws are sufficiently interesting for trivia enthusiasts that The Private Lives of Sherlock Holmes is worth dropping in on for a relaxing two hours.
August 22, 2003
August 14, 2003
The setup is brilliant. The central mystery -- concerning the Loch Ness Monster -- is less rewarding, and its shaggy sea-monster solution somewhat less than that.
July 9, 2003
A mismatch of flavours (Holmes, Wilder) the thought of which doesn't so much turn your stomach as lead to speculation, and the taste of which is soured only by a foreknowledge of missed opportunities.
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