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Sherlock Holmes Reviews

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James Berardinelli
December 22, 2009
Given a worthy story, Downey's Holmes might have been memorable. Here, he's an interesting character in search of a worthwhile story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 23, 2009
This spazzy, sour project is to every previous Holmes picture as the Stephen Sommers Mummy pictures are to the great 1932 creeper The Mummy.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
December 24, 2009
Charmless and shapeless, larded down with nonsensical action scenes, witless repartee and a "plot" stitched together by a committee of writers who've watched "The Da Vinci Code" too many times.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
December 25, 2009
Ritchie's 'Sherlock Holmes' is 'Brokeback Mountain' without the sex and depth of emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 16, 2009
The plot? Wish you hadn't asked.
Tim Grierson
Screen International
December 16, 2009
While Downey Jr provides his usual devil-may-care charm, this Sherlock Holmes ultimately feels like an excuse for high-energy action sequences rather than an attempt to breathe new life into a dusty literary icon.
Jon Williams
Little White Lies
January 5, 2010
It's everything you want from a family holiday movie, but not worthy of the world's greatest detective.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
December 25, 2009
A visually stylish rush of adrenaline with an amusing, engaging performance by Robert Downey, Jr., but there's too much nauseating action and not enough palpable excitement while the mystery itself lacks intrigue and suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.25/10
Robbie Collin
News of the World
January 5, 2010
Nigh-on unforgivable. An all-fumbling, all-bumbling, all-trundling crock of crud, that's not so much Snatch in a Deerstalker as bum on a flagpole.
Catherine Shoard
December 15, 2009
It's a hollow attempt at modernisation, and quickly grows dull. Watson's big dilemma - whether to quit his life with Holmes for marriage to lovely Mary has, at heart, all the depth of a Wham! song.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
December 18, 2009
Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic Sherlock Holmes, the British detective with extraordinary deductive powers in the hands of director Guy Ritchie will disappoint many, including me.
Stephen Silver
The Trend
January 3, 2010
No, the problem isn't that the movie makes the Holmes character more of an action hero than Doyle ever intended. It's that it sticks Holmes and Watson into one of the dumbest, most boring stories imaginable.
| Original Score: 1/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
January 7, 2010
... Sherlock Holmes for the ADD generation, jerking and twitching like a crank freak itching for his next sniff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 1, 2010
More indebted to Ritchie's particular brand of stylistically exhausting action-adventure than to Conan Doyle's elegant prose and intensely intellectual anti-hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 24, 2009
Who the deuce decided to filter Sherlock Holmes through Batman & Robin?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Cole Smithey
December 22, 2009
You'd need a special magnifying glass to identify any elements of Doyle's original literary source material that lends the title character his name.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 23, 2009
Old London, achieved via superb visual effects, is breathtaking in its grimy verisimilitude. And Downey is charming. But his world is jarringly frenetic, in the manner of most Ritchie films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
December 18, 2009
The script here is a pretext for fatuous action pyrotechnics, misfiring comedy, the inevitable star from Central Crumpet Casting and CG jiggery-pokery evoking Ye Olde London. In short: Doc, Sh'lock and Every Scraped Barrel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
December 18, 2009
Ritchie is all at sea because he has no grasp of language as something comic, a problem intensified by the thin overlay of "period".
Michelle Orange
December 25, 2009
As the new and implausible Sherlock Holmes, Robert Downey Jr. again lends his eccentric charms and complexly freighted persona to a role that doesn't deserve them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
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