1924, Comedy/Drama, 48m23 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings
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Cast & Crew
Sherlock, Jr., Projectionist
The Sheik, The Villain
The Girl's Father, Man on Film Screen
The Hired Man, The Butler
The Mother (uncredited)
Theatre Manager, Gillette (uncredited)
Candy Store Woman (uncredited)
Critic Reviews for Sherlock, Jr.
Keaton's appreciation of the formal paradoxes of the medium is astounding; his observations on the relationship between film and the subconscious are groundbreaking and profound. And it's a laugh riot, too.
Keaton's third feature under his own steam is an incredible technical accomplishment, but also an almost Pirandellian exploration of the nature of cinematic reality.
Buster Keaton's third and shortest feature ranks among his best.May 29, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
A master of movement and stillness, Keaton developed a comedy style that was as intellectual as it was physical, and this small gem shows us why he's as purely American a film genius as the motion pictures have produced.
The unexpected, fantastic dream situations lend themselves to some remarkable trick effects, including one in which Buster walks right out of an audience and into a picture on the screen.
Sherlock Jr. is notable for a series of scintillating, near-inexplicable stunts, Keaton's characteristically dexterous and deadpan performance, as well as for its fat-free rattling-good storytelling and witty intertitles.May 29, 2015
Audience Reviews for Sherlock, Jr.
Aug 31, 2018Simply a marvel of ideas and execution, Keaton's imagination alone is a bullet ride across The Twilight Zone and The Wizard Of Oz at the same time. Breathtaking work. That it's a comedy is only the cherry on top. A regular guy, a movie projectionist, dreams of being super detective and winning the girl, but the scope of his dreams...!Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
Jul 18, 2014A great movie all the more remarkable due to the technique employed and how Keaton could pull off a number of risky stunts without getting killed - and his huge care is evident in a hilarious billiard scene and a fabulous moment in which he dodges many dangers on a motorcycle.Carlos M Super Reviewer
Apr 28, 2014Sherlock Jr. is only the third silent film I've seen and the first from Buster Keaton. All that's going to change though because this movie has made me see the different types of humor that the silence offers, as well as other cool things that can be done when talking isn't involved. A young projectionist, who is also studying to be a detective is accused of stealing from the family of the girl he is trying to marry when a rival suitor frames him. He falls asleep while running a movie and dreams himself onto the screen where he becomes Sherlock Jr., the greatest detective in the world. I loved pretty much everything about this movie and the influence it had over future movies is almost unparalleled. It was one of the first films ever to employ the usage of multiple story lines and also introduced the notion of escaping from ones life into the movies. A story which has been used many times over the years. Sherlock Jr. is a masterpiece of early filmmaking from one of the most revered silent comedian and director of the silent era. The technical concepts he uses in this film are quite astounding for his time and watching them now, over 90 years later, it astounds me to see a masterpiece like Sherlock Jr.Melvin W Super Reviewer
Sep 07, 2013Incredible film that is still impressive 80 years on.Marcus W Super Reviewer
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