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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Reviews

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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
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
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
Top Critic
December 15, 2011
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows doesn't rip enough yarn.
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
December 20, 2011
Made for those with a limited mental faculty.
Shaun Munro
What Culture
December 12, 2011
Much like the first Sherlock, the good work by Downey Jr. and Law is largely undone by flat humour, stilted action and a dull, breadcrumb-following plot unbecoming of Doyle's beloved detective. The ending, though, is much better than the film deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
January 4, 2012
It feels like the fourth or fifth film in a tired franchise.
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
December 26, 2011
These characters have become too smart for their own good. The never-ending banter between Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law gets tired quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
James Croot
January 5, 2012
Those expecting something more cerebral will be deeply disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
December 14, 2011
Ritchie's first Holmes adventure was refreshing in its goofy action-blockbuster approach to the character, but Shadows suffers from diminishing returns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
December 20, 2011
It's gone from an action franchise with identity to something mostly generic and uninspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
December 23, 2011
Two straight man inadvertently ending up in a scenario in which they appear to be homosexual can no longer be described as the height of comedic sophistication.
Devin Faraci
December 12, 2011
the touches that made the first film a surprise seem to have disappeared. The Holmes/Watson relationship is now shrill, the facade of a mystery story has been chucked for a nation-hopping action adventure, and the volume has been turned up to 12.
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Alonso Duralde
December 14, 2011
Time and again, the film assaults the eyes with cartoonish visual trickery and deflates the story with its obvious artificiality.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 15, 2011
You may ponder: Would this movie actually be less aggravating with Adam Sandler in it, playing twins?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 15, 2011
There's ... a desire for coherence and humanity in movies. This one doesn't feed it.
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
January 6, 2012
Such a great cast. Such a bland concoction.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Mike Scott
December 16, 2011
Like its predecessor, it's a disappointing case of all style and precious little substance. Guy Ritchie has a flair, but he doesn't have a clue.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
December 13, 2011
The sequel lacks some of the fun of the first, despite the fact that - or maybe because - it adds more explosive action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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