Young Sherlock Holmes
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

Also released under the title Young Sherlock Holmes and the Pyramid of Fear, this film follows the adventures of young John Watson (Alan Cox) when he is shipped off to boarding school and meets up with the brilliantly bizarre Sherlock… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 1, 1985
DVD Release Date: December 2, 2003
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

This is the origin story for the world's first consulting detective that Conan Doyle was never considerate enough to write for us...

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Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide

Like a peacock showing its bright colours. Sadly, it's all about show, not substance.

Scott Weinberg

By the time Young Sherlock Holmes clangs to a close, the assets of the film are buried beneath an avalanche of unnecessary bells and whistles.

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Emanuel Levy

The idea to center on Holmes and Watson as young men is good and original but the execution is rather poor and Levinson's direction is impersonal.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Reveals that Holmes' true love is tortured to death in a big-budget extravaganza that provided the bastard sire for Jar Jar Binks.

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Joshua Vasquez
Slant Magazine

There is something about Holmes's elegant, haunting, and whisperingly melancholic distance, his analytical remove from the world, that inspires a desire for glimpses of the baroque corridors of labyrinthine interiors.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Squanders its start as a charming character study.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Big, silly, loud, nicely designed, and occasionally enjoyable.

Christopher Null

definitely worth a better reception than it's received over the years.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Bathsheba Monk
I might have loved this more if I didn't love Sherlock Holmes. But, I do. The plot seemed hopelessly contrived and the acting--with the notable exception… More
Greg S
A schoolboy Sherlock, with a fussy young Watson in tow, investigates a series of murders by an occult group who use a hallucinogenic drug to justify the… More
Aj V
Described as "fan-fiction" by my Sherlock Holmes book fan brother, and by me as "a good kids movie". Yes, the film makes it perfectly… More
Dean King
A great all too little known film from '86. Set in Sherlock Holmes school days setting the story background as he becomes the worlds most famous detective.… More
Robert C
Not nearly as interesting and fun as I remembered it.
xGary Xx
Decent reinvention of the classic detective, seeing him solve his first crime as a schoolboy. It ups the action side of things to appeal to fans of The Goonies… More