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: January 1, 1970
DVD Release Date: July 15, 2003
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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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John Higgins

The film is still enjoyable enough, with good support from Christopher Lee as Holmes' brother Mycroft and a criminally brief appearance by Irene Handl as Mrs. Hudson and it is the performances throughout that maintain the interest.

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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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Brian Orndorf

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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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Wilder's second most underrated masterpiece.

Don Druker
Chicago Reader

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

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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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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A different take on the myth if Sherlock Holmes. In this he is all too human: a drug addict, a homosexual, and not even too swift as a detective. At least the… More
Marcus Woolcott
There have been many Sherlock Holmes films, but this is one of the best thanks to Wilder and a flawless lead performance by Stephens.
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
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
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
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