Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes (2009)

The mysterious action-adventure, "Sherlock Holmes" staged by the renowned filmmaker Guy Ritchie for Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. Robert Downey Jr., the legendary detective borrows its shape, and Jude Law… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 25, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Guy Ritchie's directorial style might not be quite the best fit for an update on the legendary detective, but Sherlock Holmes benefits from the elementary appeal of a strong performance by Robert Downey, Jr.

Jonathan F. Richards

Despite a few laggard moments of slow going, Ritchie has pulled off an entertaining coup in giving us a Holmes for the 21st century by digging back to the 19th century original and adding a few bells and whistles.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

As for the film itself, in true Guy Ritchie style is was all over the place with the craziness. But if you can set aside your image of Boyle's Sherlock, you may enjoy this a little more.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

What was the thinking behind all this?

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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

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Jeff Beck

There's plenty of fun and entertainment to be had from Guy Ritchie's take on the character for both fans of Doyle's work and for those just getting to know Holmes and Watson.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

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Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

... Bears the stamp of its director, Guy Ritchie, much more so than that of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ...

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Enjoyed it thoroughly!! took me back to my childhood fascination with the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes movies as I tried to deduce everything as Holmes did… More
xGary Xx
Holmes and Watson prevent the dastardly murder of an innocent girl during a satanic ritual, but when the would be murderer seems to come back from the grave the… More
Carlos Magalhćes
What makes this film so refreshing and entertaining is Guy Ritchie's trademark stylish direction as he updates the legendary detective to a modern pop… More
Stuart Brooks
Good movie, good casting and fun to watch. Is nothing new and maybe not as good as the BBC TV series on around the same time, but is a fair enough attempt at… More
Letitia Lew
Watched this movie with my cousins and I think it was good? Was not entirely sober at the time.
Tony Gandķa
Watchable "Holmes" weighed down by elementary mystery. A puzzling disappointment.