Sherlock Holmes


Sherlock Holmes

Critics Consensus

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.



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The mysterious action-adventure, "Sherlock Holmes" staged by the renowned filmmaker Guy Ritchie for Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. Robert Downey Jr., the legendary detective borrows its shape, and Jude Law plays Holmes' reliable Mr Watson, of Sherlock Holmes as a doctor and war veteran actively supported.

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Robert Downey Jr.
as Sherlock Holmes
Jude Law
as Dr. John Watson
Rachel McAdams
as Irene Adler
Mark Strong (II)
as Lord Blackwood
Eddie Marsan
as Inspector Lestrade
Geraldine James
as Mrs. Hudson
Kelly Reilly
as Mary Morstan
William Houston
as Constable Clark
Hans Matheson
as Lord Coward
James Fox
as Sir Thomas Rotheram
William Hope
as Ambassador Standish
Clive Russell
as Captain Tanner
Oran Gurel
as Reordan
Andrew Brooke
as Guard Cpatain
Tom Watt
as Carriage Driver
James Stephens
as Captain Phillips
John Kearney (VI)
as Carriage Driver
Sebastian Abineri
as Coach Driver
James A. Stephens
as Captain Philips
Terry Taplin
as Groundskeeper
Bronagh Gallagher
as Palm Reader
Ed Tolputt
as Anonymous Man
Joe Egan
as Big Man
Jefferson Hall
as Young Guard
Miles Jupp
as Waiter
Marn Davies
as Police Officer
Andrew Greenough
as Prison Guard
Ned Dennehy
as Man With Roses
Martin Ewens
as Removable Man
Amanda Grace Johnson
as Young Woman Sacrifice
James Greene
as Governor
David Emmings
as Grave Policeman
Ben Cartwright
as Grave Policeman
Chris Sunley
as Grave Policeman
Michael Jenn
as Preacher
Timothy O'Hara
as Porter/Smith
Guy Williams
as Golden Dawn Envoy
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Critic Reviews for Sherlock Holmes

All Critics (242) | Top Critics (52) | Fresh (168) | Rotten (74)

  • 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.

    Jan 16, 2018 | Full Review…

    Ed Koch

    The Atlantic
    Top Critic
  • 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.

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

    Jan 5, 2010
  • What was the thinking behind all this?

    Jan 4, 2010 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • It's all knotted together, then unraveled with brio, by Holmes and Watson. There are fisticuffs galore, fiery combustion aplenty, and, yes, my dear reader, clever deduction.

    Dec 28, 2009 | Rating: 3/4
  • The very idea of handing him over to professional lad Guy Ritchie, to be played as a punch-throwing quipster by Robert Downey Jr., is so profoundly stupid one can only step back in dismay.

    Dec 28, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sherlock Holmes

  • 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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