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Guy Ritchie's directorial style might not be quite the best fit for an update on the legendary detective, but Sherlock Holmes benefits from the elementary appeal of a strong performance by Robert Downey, Jr. Read critic reviews

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When a string of brutal murders terrorizes London, it doesn't take long for legendary detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his crime-solving partner, Dr. Watson (Jude Law), to find the killer, Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong). A devotee of the dark arts, Blackwood has a bigger scheme in mind, and his execution plays right into his plans. The game is afoot when Blackwood seems to rise from the grave, plunging Holmes and Watson into the world of the occult and strange technologies.

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  • Watch it, by all means, for a dazzling visual feast, but be warned, this Sherlock is more show than tell.

    April 17, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The Victorian sets are terrific and the performances of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, both consummate actors with a special style, are excellent. Nevertheless, their performances are not enough to compensate for a less than stellar script.

    January 16, 2018 | Full Review…
  • As for the film itself, in true Guy Ritchie style is was all over the place with the craziness. But if you can set aside your image of Boyle's Sherlock, you may enjoy this a little more.

    September 11, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
  • Despite a few laggard moments of slow going, Ritchie has pulled off an entertaining coup in giving us a Holmes for the 21st century by digging back to the 19th century original and adding a few bells and whistles.

    January 15, 2010 | Full Review…
  • It's everything you want from a family holiday movie, but not worthy of the world's greatest detective.

    January 5, 2010

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  • Mar 22, 2016
    Sherlock Holmes features great performances by Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams and more. This film is a lot of fun and very smart. Definitely worth checking out!
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2014
    "Sherlock Holmes" (2009) and the man Sherlock Holmes ain't your daddy's Sherlock. In addition to having logical-mathematical intelligence, he's got bodily-kinesthetic intelligence: he can kick butt and take names. This is a real boon for the younger audiences but audiences who love Arthur Conan Doyle's story and classic character might not like it. The film is fun, nonetheless, and allows audiences to delight in Robert Downey Jr.'s version of Sherlock Holmes and his extraordinary judgment. Fun for whole family and a good Christmas film.
    Billie P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 26, 2012
    Disturbingly bad, also incredibly altered the character- Sherlock Holmes. Jude Law was OK being Watson, but it's not enough to endure the horrifying acting by Downey. Again, it's not funny, long and dreadful. The storyline is extremely far-fetched. It's of quite peculiar interest to note that Guy Richie has totally destroyed his reputation in film making.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 11, 2012
    Sherlock Holmes does sometimes have pacing issues, but the smart dialogue, solid performances, and smart re imagining of these classic characters does make this movie worth checking out.
    Joey T Super Reviewer

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