Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (2015 Christmas Special) (2016)


The Abominable Bride (2015 Christmas Special)

Critics Consensus

Although the back and forth between timelines is groan-worthy at best, the episode does a terrific job at transporting Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat's present-day characters into the dark, atmospheric world of Victorian London.



Critic Ratings: 38

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User Ratings: 0
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Academy Awards (R) nominee, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Emmy Award (R) winner, Martin Freeman, debut on the big screen in their iconic roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson in this feature length special set in London 1895. Co-written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss this special episode also features series regulars Amanda Abbington, Rupert Graves and Una Stubbs.

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Critic Reviews for Sherlock The Abominable Bride (2015 Christmas Special)

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (8)

Moffat and Gatiss just filmed 90 minutes of the internal monologue of a tortured queer genius drug addict... wrapped it up in a gothic mystery, and then gave it to us as a late Christmas present.

Jan 4, 2016 | Rating: A++ | Full Review…
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If anything, The Abominable Bride was a nice piece of fan fiction that used the "It was all a dream" convention to break from the canon a bit.

Jan 4, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

After a sedately atmospheric start, this dazzling adventure unfolded like an origami swan of surprises.

Jan 3, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

No doubt about it, this was a bravura display from the writers and their leading men.

Apr 12, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Abominable Bride is a meticulously crafted, wonderfully atmospheric piece of filmmaking. It could well stand on its own, without the series' help or notoriety.

Apr 12, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

[The Abominable Bride] might have been better if its creators were more familiar with the common foibles of fanfic as a genre.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

We watched all our favorite characters march around in stuffy suits/dresses to solve an unremarkable crime that doesn't have anything to do with the current story.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

It contained everything that we love about Sherlock: all those cutting putdowns, all-round spot-on performances, cinematic camerawork, and Andrew Scott back as Moriarty.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

In both the Victorian and contemporary settings, it's a delight to watch the easy chemistry between Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, while Andrew Scott's deranged Moriarty lights up his scenes with Sherlock.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

I'm not sure Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat quite pull off the ole old-timey-yet-contemporary Sherlock in this special episode but it's a glorious ride all the same.

Apr 12, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Cumberbatch has taken the possession of his part so successfully that his upturned collar now feels as much a Holmesean signature as a deerstalker cap.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

The holiday special for Sherlock, The Abominable Bride, is a total disaster, but there are genuine moments of fun littered throughout.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (2015 Christmas Special)

  • May 15, 2019
    Decent, but lacks the mystery and charm of modern Sherlock.
  • Dec 21, 2018
    A fun way to do an extra episode and overall it's quite genius made. It's a little bit outside the rest of the series I think, because it's way different. But still very enjoyable.
  • Dec 20, 2018
    Loved it, really gave back the Sherlock feel to me I sort judged a book bye it’s cover with this episode but when I whatched it was so good loved every bit of it.
  • Aug 22, 2018
    Great for the season (Christmas special); nice to see the contemporary Sherlock in a different setting. Unexpected plot twists (as per usual) makes this special extra interesting and fun to watch.
  • Aug 03, 2018
    While the ratings suggest otherwise, this is one of the smartest and creepiest episodes yet.
  • Dec 06, 2017
    One of the very best. I look forward to another.
  • Oct 25, 2017
    The special episode depicts a Victorian Sherlock Holmes, a mixture of fan service and social commentary. We do get loads of witty humor and intrigue but by the end I was ready to get back to the Sherlock Homes of our time.
  • Jun 26, 2017
    Gross effects and stupid feminist rants. How can the same people who make pro-Muslim speeches complain at the same time about gender inequality?
  • Jun 12, 2017
    Well acted, but got confusing and over the top. I kind of felt like a Doctor Who episode.
  • Apr 08, 2017
    miss it so much already

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