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"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Before the movie is 20 minutes old, Wilder has settled for simply telling a Sherlock Holmes adventure."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
"Billy Wilder's endearingly romantic The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is...worth seeing just for Alexandre Trauner's sets, especially a magical Baker Street."
‑ , Guardian
"Stage actor Robert Stephens brilliantly plays Holmes with a nod and a wink."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A wonderful, cruelly underrated film."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"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."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"This unjustly forgotten Billy Wilder film takes on the much-loved character of Sherlock Holmes and attempts to humanize him by examining his vulnerabilities."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Billy Wilder's psychological angle on Holmes is compelling."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Wilder's second most underrated masterpiece."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Affectionately conceived, chock-full of marvelous subtleties, this meticulously constructed adventure-romance shouldn't be missed."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"This existing version is still fascinating, funny and clever."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A true evocation of the spirit of the Strand Magazine, this is the best Holmes movie ever made and sorely underrated in the Wilder canon."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Wilder's after something more profound than a simple mystery tale here and to a large extent he succeeds in his quest to cast the man in relief when held up against The Legend"
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
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