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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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.

TV Guide
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
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.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 24, 2006
Stage actor Robert Stephens brilliantly plays Holmes with a nod and a wink.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A wonderful, cruelly underrated film.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
September 29, 2005
Wilder's second most underrated masterpiece.
Emanuel Levy
June 26, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
June 12, 2005
Billy Wilder's psychological angle on Holmes is compelling.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeremy Heilman
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
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 24, 2003
Billy Wilder stamps his own inimitable mark on to the strange case of Arthur Conan Doyle's greatest invention.
Peter Bradshaw
December 10, 2002
You wouldn't expect anything directed by Wilder and scripted by his long-time associate IAL Diamond to be anything less than funny and watchable, and this is both.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jamie Russell
November 22, 2002
While it never achieves what the lost three hour print could have accomplished, this is still one of the sparkiest adventures that the private detective ever left 221b Baker Street for.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shane Burridge
September 24, 2002
The story keeps accumulating disparate and baffling developments in a way that Conan Doyle would have been proud of
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