Sherlock Jr.
Sherlock Jr. (1924)

This film is one of Buster Keaton's funniest and most technically innovative features. He plays the floor sweeper and projectionist of a small-town movie theater who in his free time studies to be a detective.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 21, 1924
DVD Release Date: October 8, 2013
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Keaton's appreciation of the formal paradoxes of the medium is astounding; his observations on the relationship between film and the subconscious are groundbreaking and profound. And it's a laugh riot, too.

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TIME Magazine

The unexpected, fantastic dream situations lend themselves to some remarkable trick effects, including one in which Buster walks right out of an audience and into a picture on the screen.

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Dan Jardine

Sherlock Jr. is Keaton's signature statement, and mind-warping flight of fancy on the dreamlike nature of films and the fluid nature of our ontological existence.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Keaton's third feature under his own steam is an incredible technical accomplishment, but also an almost Pirandellian exploration of the nature of cinematic reality.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

There is an extremely good comedy which will give you plenty of amusement, so long as you permit Mr. Keaton to glide into his work with his usual deliberation.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

One of Buster Keaton's finest comedies, certainly his most inventive and technically audacious.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

A master of movement and stillness, Keaton developed a comedy style that was as intellectual as it was physical, and this small gem shows us why he's as purely American a film genius as the motion pictures have produced.

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Variety Staff

This Buster Keaton feature length comedy is about as unfunny as a hospital operating room.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Buster Keaton's third and shortest feature ranks among his best.

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Carlos Magalh„es
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Pierluigi Puccini
Hilarious and physically impressive gags. Keaton's imagination was boundless.
Melvin White
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Randy Tippy
Timeless comedy from the genius of Buster Keaton.
Spencer S.
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Jim Hunter
A movie projectionist dreams he's a suave detective who can clear his name and get the woman of his dreams. I've always enjoyed Buster Keaton. I… More