Sherlock Holmes Reviews

  • Sherlock Holmes, while a diverting enough night out, is both fun and numb, enjoyable and exhausting. It's a case of more adding up to less.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

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    Mike Hale — New York Times

  • It seems that an evil aristocrat, executed for a series of murders, returns from the dead to mobilize an ancient secret society that he may have time-traveled into a Dan Brown novel to learn about. Doesn't that sound fascinating? I thought not.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • [Guy Ritchie] has managed to steal hours of precious time belonging to cinemagoers everywhere for his latest silly escapade.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • It's a hollow attempt at modernisation, and quickly grows dull. Watson's big dilemma - whether to quit his life with Holmes for marriage to lovely Mary has, at heart, all the depth of a Wham! song.

    Catherine Shoard — Guardian [UK]

  • Old London, achieved via superb visual effects, is breathtaking in its grimy verisimilitude. And Downey is charming. But his world is jarringly frenetic, in the manner of most Ritchie films.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • At times, Ritchie and company try so hard to make sure this isn't your father's Sherlock Holmes that it comes across as, well, cartoonish.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • Downey never winks -- hea(TM)s too much of a pro for that -- but like the man hea(TM)s playing, hea(TM)s much, much smarter than the movie hea(TM)s in.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • [Downey] brings a wry conviction to even the most hackneyed part or ridiculously written role.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • Though purists may balk at Arthur Conan Doyle's literary world being manhandled into a blockbuster by never-subtle director Guy Ritchie, Downey has a winning take on Holmes: He's always on.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • The movie as a whole is clever, and conspicuously overwrought. But Mr. Downey's performance is elegantly wrought; he's as quick-witted as his legendary character.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • This is rip-roaring action-adventure of high order, a sometimes dizzying but ultimately thrilling display of showmanship on the part of the actors, director and screenwriters.

    Joy Tipping — Dallas Morning News

  • It's all knotted together, then unraveled with brio, by Holmes and Watson. There are fisticuffs galore, fiery combustion aplenty, and, yes, my dear reader, clever deduction.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • "Sherlock Holmes" may feel a little too modern, more adrenaline than brain-power, more brash than British, but it's an all right action-pleasure if you don't mind that the game's more a-fist than afoot.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • By now we've seen so many good, bad, and indifferent Sherlocks that it's almost a relief to get something different, however wrongheaded. And there's no such thing as too much Downey.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • Downey and Law are terrific together. For me, watching them act is the movie's principal pleasure.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • The less I thought about Sherlock Holmes, the more I liked Sherlock Holmes.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • This spazzy, sour project is to every previous Holmes picture as the Stephen Sommers Mummy pictures are to the great 1932 creeper The Mummy.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The very idea of handing him over to professional lad Guy Ritchie, to be played as a punch-throwing quipster by Robert Downey Jr., is so profoundly stupid one can only step back in dismay.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

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