Holmes is a reimagining of the detective's origin story, but it is also respectful of Arthur Conan Doyle's work. Young Sherlock Holmes is fun from beginning to end-an action-packed thrill ride with a satisfying mystery, rock-solid acting, and creepy scenes. It gets a little too scary for kids, but Young Sherlock Holmes is a wonderful movie that deserves to find a new audience. There is something about Holmes's elegant, haunting, and whisperingly melancholic distance, his analytical remove from the world, that inspires a desire for glimpses of the baroque corridors of labyrinthine interiors. A lighthearted murder mystery that weds Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the kind of rollicking action-adventure that has made Steven Spielberg the most successful movie maker in the world. The elaborate special effects also seem a little out of place in a Sherlock Holmes movie, although I'm willing to forgive them because they were fun. The film shall remain a cult classic - loved by some, but sadly forgotten by most. Big, silly, loud, nicely designed, and occasionally enjoyable.
VERDICT: "High-Quality Stuff" - [Positive Reaction] This is a rating to a movie I view as very entertaining and well made, and definitely worth paying the full price at a theatre to see or own on DVD. It is not perfect, but it is definitely excellent. (Films that are rated 3.5 or 4 stars)