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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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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.

January 4, 2016 | Rating: A++ | Full Review…

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.

January 4, 2016 | Full Review…

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

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

The Abominable Bride plays with the characters and the spectators, counting on their complicity. Without it, the series would not be what it is today... [Full Review in Spanish]

July 15, 2018 | Full Review…

The Abominable Bride showed Sherlock's creators gleefully having their cake, eating it, and sharing with us a delicious, nutty, nourishing slice.

March 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Fan service was the source of series three's problems and it's a problem here again. I just hope Moffat and Gatiss don't worry so much about appeasing Tumblr's appetite for homoerotic subtext in series four. I miss Sherlock's puzzle box mysteries.

October 13, 2017 | Full Review…

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