The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)

'Private Life' is both an elegiac evocation of late Victorian England and a boldly modern take on the dark side of the "real" Sherlock Holmes.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 15, 2003
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96%
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74%



Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

It is in large part old-fashioned, in that it's mile-wide and ancient-history Sherlock Holmes, but it's also handsomely produced and directed with incisiveness by Wilder.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Before the movie is 20 minutes old, Wilder has settled for simply telling a Sherlock Holmes adventure.

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Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com

Holmes is an extremely amusing and engaging picture, taking care of all the expected detective work as it offers a few surprises of its own.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A wonderful, cruelly underrated film.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is comparatively mild Billy Wilder and rather daring Sherlock Holmes, not a perfect mix, perhaps, but a fond and entertaining one.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

The plotting is weak, and ill-served by the movie's generally lackadaisical approach; but the dialogue is witty, and Wilder and Diamond get a lot of mileage out of the idea that Sherlock Holmes is as fragile as he is brilliant.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Wilder's second most underrated masterpiece.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Affectionately conceived, chock-full of marvelous subtleties, this meticulously constructed adventure-romance shouldn't be missed.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

This existing version is still fascinating, funny and clever.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Holmes: We all have occasional failures. Fortunately Dr. Watson never writes about mine.  "My private life is my own affair." The Private Life of… More
Sunil Jawahir
As a huge Sherlock Holmes fan I really had high hopes for this one. Major disappointment. The cast was fine, the overall concept was interesting, the script was… More
Byron Brubaker
I've only seen a few of the older, black & white, more sinister Sherlock Holmes movies. I enjoyed the occasional laughs this story provided and how… More
Alice Smith
Would you be willing to know Sherlock Holmes's dark side? Or, better said... would you care to meet a less aristocratic, but more human and more fun… More
Stephen Earnest
It seems like Billy Wilder can do no wrong when it comes to filmmaking; "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" stands out as his most supremely… More
Anastasia Bartzoulianou
A bit of a slow follow-up to a raving start, this movie proves why Billy Wilder is still considered to be one of the masters. It's thoroughly entertaining,… More