Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Reviews

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January 16, 2012
It's complete trash and makes a mockery of Holmes's vaunted deductive reasoning.
December 25, 2011
The production is still needlessly overlong and overblown, a far cry from your father's (or even your cousin's) conception of the master detective. But it's certainly lively and has clever moments that involve Holmes' keen powers of observation...
December 16, 2011
Downey's career is something of a game of shadows, but it's one still worth playing, for now.
December 16, 2011
Downey and Law remain this presumptive franchise's draw.
December 16, 2011
What this film really celebrates is crunch-and-thud video-game-style action, not especially well choreographed by director Guy Ritchie.
December 16, 2011
It doesn't take a master of deduction to see that Ritchie has decided to play it too safe with this sequel.
December 16, 2011
In an act of criminal negligence, Ritchie has wasted Robert Downey Jr. in a sequel that eliminates smarts in favor of relentless headbanging.
December 16, 2011
Downey may think this interpretation is an insight, or funny, but it pushes what was already a rude rewriting of the classic characters into eye-rolling camp. And it throws everything off balance.
December 16, 2011
I was let down by this loud and flashy but utterly empty sequel.
December 16, 2011
This movie wants to be a horse but, even measured in box-office millions, it's just another nag.
December 16, 2011
Something of an overlong, overblown, disorganized mess, despite being slightly better than its predecessor.
December 16, 2011
Ritchie's franchise - 7% classic formula, 93% adrenaline - is smart in a showoffy way that flatters its star as well as its audience.
December 16, 2011
The skill level in the script is elementary school, my dear Watson.
December 16, 2011
If you want a silly, fast-paced action film to help you through the holiday, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows will serve.
December 16, 2011
It's a modest improvement on bad-boy director Guy Ritchie's first tweaking of Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic detective.
December 15, 2011
There's nothing here but wreckage. "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" is so ineptly made that the story is advanced solely through announcements.
December 15, 2011
As Johnny Depp has done so brilliantly with his devilish Jack Sparrow, Downey has made this sly sardonic Sherlock stylistically all his own. Case closed.
December 15, 2011
The game is now afoot with Holmes' arch-nemesis, Professor James Moriarity -- and that makes a notable difference. This time, Holmes is up against an equal, and it's elementary indeed that muscle and firepower alone won't carry the day.
December 15, 2011
This new outing matches the original Sherlock in wit, action and the bromance between Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.
December 15, 2011
The chemistry between Watson and Holmes is spotty, and their banter grows tedious.
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