Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Reviews

  • Here, as before, part of the movie's perversely cheeky design is that it throws away its own cleverness.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Can a movie be hyperactive and lazy at the same time? Clever and idiotic? If the director is Guy Ritchie, the questions answer themselves.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • The chemistry between Watson and Holmes is spotty, and their banter grows tedious.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • It's a modest improvement on bad-boy director Guy Ritchie's first tweaking of Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic detective.

    Mark Jenkins — Washington Post

  • "What do you see?'' the gypsy girl asks him. "Everything,'' Holmes replies. "That is my curse.'' If Downey has a curse, it'll be called "Sherlock Holmes 3.''

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Lackluster screenwriting and the absence of actorly communion are breezed past with monotonous banter, as is the fleetingly visible plot.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • Ritchie's franchise - 7% classic formula, 93% adrenaline - is smart in a showoffy way that flatters its star as well as its audience.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • There's ... a desire for coherence and humanity in movies. This one doesn't feed it.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • This new outing matches the original Sherlock in wit, action and the bromance between Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.

    Joy Tipping — Dallas Morning News

  • Downey and Law remain this presumptive franchise's draw.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • As big, loud moviemaking goes it's not quite as devoid of charm as it could have been, and things being as they are these days, that's saying something.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • It's complete trash and makes a mockery of Holmes's vaunted deductive reasoning.

    Bruce Diones — New Yorker

  • The thing to do, I suppose, is to set aside your memories of the Conan Doyle stories, save them to savor on a night this winter and enjoy this movie as a high-caliber entertainment.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • You may ponder: Would this movie actually be less aggravating with Adam Sandler in it, playing twins?

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Even at its worst the movie is redeemed by the presence of two fine British character actors playing Conan Doyle regulars: Stephen Fry as Holmes's waggish older brother, Mycroft, and Jared Harris as the fiendish Dr. Moriarty.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Virtually every set-up and set-piece in this extravagantly tedious adventure is misleading, or worse, irrelevant.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • "Diminishing returns" is a description that applies to many film series. "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" is a delicious exception.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Downey's career is something of a game of shadows, but it's one still worth playing, for now.

    Adam Graham — Detroit News

  • Robert Downey Jr. is back as Holmes and Jude Law returns as Dr. Watson. They retain the winning chemistry from the first, superior film, and that's enough to make you soldier on through the overly stylized action.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • While director Guy Ritchie's excesses and modern concessions -- among them a lot of explosions -- remain intact, the parts of this second Sherlock Holmes are considerably more rewarding.

    Brian Lowry — Variety

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