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Sherlock Holmes Reviews

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
May 5, 2012
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
December 16, 2011
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
December 16, 2011
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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January 15, 2010
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.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 4, 2010
What was the thinking behind all this?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 28, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 28, 2009
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.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 28, 2009
Downey never winks -- heā(TM)s too much of a pro for that -- but like the man heā(TM)s playing, heā(TM)s much, much smarter than the movie heā(TM)s in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 28, 2009
By now we've seen so many good, bad, and indifferent Sherlocks that it's almost a relief to get something different, however wrongheaded. And there's no such thing as too much Downey.
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
December 26, 2009
Downey Jr. plays the brainiac detective like an overheating machine -- what cools him off is a puzzle.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 26, 2009
Playing literature's greatest detective as a sort of self-loathing action hero, Downey has an absolute blast. And thanks to his performance in Sherlock Holmes, so do we.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
December 25, 2009
Dazzling visuals and hipster dialogue, but a story that stays true to the original source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 25, 2009
This is a swashbuckling, pratfalling romp designed to make cerebral Holmes purists drop their monocles into their teacups.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 25, 2009
Though purists may balk at Arthur Conan Doyle's literary world being manhandled into a blockbuster by never-subtle director Guy Ritchie, Downey has a winning take on Holmes: He's always on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
December 25, 2009
What is surprising is how bland the results are. The explosions and action sequences have an odd cheapness to them and the central plot is one of those dreary take-over-the-world routines.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
December 25, 2009
At times, Ritchie and company try so hard to make sure this isn't your father's Sherlock Holmes that it comes across as, well, cartoonish.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 25, 2009
It seems that an evil aristocrat, executed for a series of murders, returns from the dead to mobilize an ancient secret society that he may have time-traveled into a Dan Brown novel to learn about. Doesn't that sound fascinating? I thought not.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Joy Tipping
Dallas Morning News
December 25, 2009
This is rip-roaring action-adventure of high order, a sometimes dizzying but ultimately thrilling display of showmanship on the part of the actors, director and screenwriters.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 25, 2009
Guy Ritchie is the worst screenwriter in the world, but, to be fair, he is not the worst director. He is only the worst director of the people who actually get to make movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 25, 2009
The game is not afoot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
December 25, 2009
I dug it.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 24, 2009
There's a mystery at the heart of Sherlock Holmes and it's not the one the great master of detection has been called on to solve. It's how a film that has so many good things going for it has turned out to be solid but not spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 24, 2009
It's good enough to just sit back and enjoy Downey and Law plays Holmes and Watson as Victorian versions of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 24, 2009
Yes, this Holmes is leaner and meaner, and Watson (Jude Law) is nearly his equal. But there's still something fussy about the result, as if bobbies had broken up the party at 11:59.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 24, 2009
Put away your period-movie expectations and you just might have a lot of fun. What makes this movie work is actually something very old-fashioned: movie-star chemistry.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 24, 2009
Guy Ritchie's Holmes reboot feels both too complicated and too elementary, dear Watson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
December 24, 2009
If Sherlock Holmes truly is the world's most keen detective, surely he would have sniffed out that this film was a stinker.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 24, 2009
The less I thought about Sherlock Holmes, the more I liked Sherlock Holmes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 23, 2009
It's hard to get too bent out of shape about Sherlock Holmes, partly because the actors seem to take so much pleasure in the act of giving us a crazy spectacle.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 23, 2009
The movie as a whole is clever, and conspicuously overwrought. But Mr. Downey's performance is elegantly wrought; he's as quick-witted as his legendary character.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 23, 2009
The whole film doesn't feel so much like Holmes as a strange and unwanted sequel to Will Smith's Wild Wild West.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
December 23, 2009
"Sherlock Holmes" may feel a little too modern, more adrenaline than brain-power, more brash than British, but it's an all right action-pleasure if you don't mind that the game's more a-fist than afoot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 23, 2009
Sherlock Holmes, while a diverting enough night out, is both fun and numb, enjoyable and exhausting. It's a case of more adding up to less.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 23, 2009
This is not your great grandfather's Sherlock Holmes.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
December 23, 2009
It's a highly entertaining example of the form, directed with just the right amount of panache by Guy Ritchie, whose showmanship finally finds the right side of self-indulgence.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 23, 2009
[Downey] brings a wry conviction to even the most hackneyed part or ridiculously written role.
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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
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 22, 2009
Not even Sherlock Holmes could make much sense out of the overplotted, murky mess that is Sherlock Holmes, although Arthur Conan Doyle's legendarily brainy detective would probably never buy a ticket to a movie as elephant-footed as this one...
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 22, 2009
Mr. Ritchie is one of the worst bogus "directors" in film history. I just hoped he might have grown up enough to enlighten the world about the secret lives of two of my favorite mystery characters. Alas, they're both as cardboard as a Madonna lobby
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 22, 2009
Ritchie is all about the whooshing and headbanging, leaving no space between Holmes' words to savor their meaning. Downey is irresistible. The movie, not so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
December 21, 2009
Ritchie piles on the excess. It serves him well in fashioning a dazzling, detailed version of 1880s London, with the pardon-our-dust construction of the landmark Tower Bridge a pivotal element.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
December 16, 2009
If you can get over the idea of Sherlock Holmes as an action hero -- and if, indeed, you want to -- then there is something to enjoy about this flagrant makeover of fiction's first modern detective into a man of brawn as much as brain.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 16, 2009
The plot? Wish you hadn't asked.
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David Denby
New Yorker
December 16, 2009
Downey and Law are terrific together. For me, watching them act is the movie's principal pleasure.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
December 16, 2009
Ritchie's 'Sherlock Holmes' is effective as a caricatured comedy adventure and shows some fidelity to Arthur Conan Doyle, especially in Downey Jr's portrayal of the eccentric but cold-hearted Holmes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5