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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
It's all bigger and louder and so much less.
Justin Craig
September 25, 2013
The second installment in the series, churns like a lump of moldy dough sitting in the pit of your stomach, trying ever so hard to be digested.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Matt Looker
September 25, 2012
A welcome return for the World's Greatest Detective Other Than Batman, and a sequel that impressively conspires to be more challenging than its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
As it stands, with its engrossing-yet-obscured-by-over-the-top-CGI plot, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is little more than elementary, my dear moviegoer.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Brian Holcomb
June 26, 2012
The truth about this Game of Shadows and its predecessor is that neither has a story worthy of its hero. The story is not only often improbable, it is often simply impossible to follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
R. L. Shaffer
June 15, 2012
The mystery and fun of the first feature is replaced with a bland miscast villain and slam-bang action nonsense, none of which is very impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Simon Gallagher
What Culture
May 20, 2012
The overall effect is of sort of Steam Punk Toulouse Lautrec portrait, intricately designed, occasionally visually dazzling, and well-acted throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christian Toto
Big Hollywood
May 16, 2012
The bromance nearly boils over in this messy but satisfying sequel to the 2009 feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
May 8, 2012
I actually enjoyed A Game of Shadows more than the original. This will be entertaining for those of you who enjoyed the original and others who just will watch RDJ in anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
March 23, 2012
If only they'd spent the cash on a bad guy with stature, instead of taking that phrase, "the banality of evil," so literally. Playing this Game might have been even more fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
March 8, 2012
If this film is an indicator of the quality of films in 2012 I'll be praying that the Mayans were right about this little blue planet going boom.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
January 16, 2012
It's complete trash and makes a mockery of Holmes's vaunted deductive reasoning.
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
January 15, 2012
The effort to reproduce the spontaneity of the previous film's success imbues A Game of Shadows with a weary tone of overexertion.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Tony Macklin
January 14, 2012
Dear Guy Ritchie: My name is Robin Hood. I need to be brought into today's world of short attention spans, nonreading, and lovable, cantankerous heroes. If you can turn Sherlock into a glib, pompous ass, imagine what you can do for me.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 13, 2012
Se volta a representar uma experiência divertida e cheia de energia, desaponta também por jamais oferecer algo de novo ou realmente interessante.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
January 13, 2012
The whole movie, chock full of queer undertone, is one long sly smile-and deliciously so.
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
January 12, 2012
Guy Ritchie digs deep into his trusted bag of tricks and turns his patented stylised action filmmaking up to maximum wattage. Fortunately, Ritchie still manages to create an entertaining film in spite of his excessive ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Miraudo
January 11, 2012
Sherlock Holmes - A Game of Shadows does have one trick up its sleeve that makes it a worthy companion to its predecessor: the upgrading of the homo-erotic subtext to clear-as-day text.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
January 9, 2012
Fans of the first film will find plenty to still enjoy especially the lightening pace, banter and camaraderie of Downey Jr. and Law...despite an over-reliance on slow-mo.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Tim Martain
The Mercury
January 9, 2012
The broader strokes of Moriarty's plan become evident a little too easily, dropping like a grand piano rather than a penny. But the finer machinations make the story a delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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