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Rated PG-13 · 128 minutes · 2009

Action, Adventure, Mystery
Robert Downey Jr. dives into yet another iconic role as the title character in director Guy Ritchie’s inventive, sometimes exhilarating take on the classic sleuth. While the famous detective still puffs on his pipe, he’s now a badass street fighter with major self-esteem issues and a dark sense of humor. He’s also a really lousy roommate. Joining Downey as Watson—in what turns out to be his best role in quite a while—is former megastar-on-the-rise Jude Law. The two prove to be a winning combination; although the mystery sometimes feels more Scooby-Doo than Arthur Conan Doyle, the action set pieces are so good that they overcome any scripting shortfalls. The normally reliable Rachel McAdams is the film’s weakest link as the love interest, and Mark Strong makes for an uninteresting villain. Even with the flaws, Downey and Law are very much worth seeing.


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Official Site: sherlock-holmes-movie.warnerbros.com
Director: Guy Ritchie
Producer: Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey, Dan Lin, Michael Tadross and Bruce Berman
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Eddie Marsan, Kelly Reilly and James Fox

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Memphis Flyer Sherlock Holmes, Action Hero. by Greg Akers 12/24/2009
The Coast Halifax Ritchie keeps Sherlock Holmes elementary Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law provide a 19th century spin on modern comedy bromances. by Mark Palermo 12/24/2009
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel; Sherlock Holmes; Nine; It's Complicated 12/24/2009
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Portland Mercury Rebooting Sherlock Sherlock Holmes and a mumbly Robert Downey Jr. by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey 12/24/2009
Colorado Springs Independent To Sir, with love Though director Guy Ritchie's adaptation has more in common with the director's other films than with the Holmes of Conan Doyle's stories, the spirit of Holmes remains thoroughly intact. by MaryAnn Johanson 12/24/2009
Charleston City Paper Guy Ritchie gives Sherlock Holmes a 21st century makeover Sherlock Holmes is one of the all-time great fictional characters. He is impossibly Byronic and impervious to the charms of the fairer sex; impossibly misanthropic, what with his disdain for almost everyone in the world but his assistant, Watson; and impossibly brilliant, what with his near-psychic ability to pin down the past, present, and sometimes future of total strangers based merely on the state of their wardrobe. by MaryAnn Johanson 12/23/2009
Arkansas Times The game’s afoot! It’s almost a given that someone is going to be horrified by the end product any time a filmmaker takes on a beloved fictional character and tries to bring him to three-dimensional life — Batman, Frodo and Gandalf, et al. by David Koon 12/31/2009

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