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Mr. Holmes (2015)



Critic Consensus: Mr. Holmes focuses on the man behind the mysteries, and while it may lack Baker Street thrills, it more than compensates with tenderly wrought, well-acted drama.

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MR HOLMES is a new twist on the world's most famous detective. 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love - before it's too late. (C) Roadside Attractions

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Ian McKellen
as Sherlock Holmes
Laura Linney
as Mrs. Munro
Hiroyuki Sanada
as Mr. Umezaki
Hattie Morahan
as Ann Kelmot
Patrick Kennedy
as Thomas Kelmot
Nicholas Rowe
as Matinee Sherlock Holmes
Colin Starkey
as Dr. John Watson
Hermione Corfield
as Matinee "Ann Kelmot"
Frances de la Tour
as Madame Schirmer
Sam Coulson
as Matinee Kelmot
Frances Barber
as Matinee Madame Schirmer
John Sessions
as Mycroft Holmes
Roger Allam
as Dr. Barrie
Philip Davis
as Inspector Gilbert
Madeleine Worrall
as The Haunted Woman
Sarah Crowden
as Mrs. Hudson
Zak Shukor
as Matsuda Umezaki
Michael Culkin
as Bank Manager
Kit Connor
as Boy - 10yrs
Zoe Rainey
as Boy's Mother
Eileen Davies
as Lady on Platform
David Foxxe
as Chemist
Oliver Devoti
as Ticket Agent
Spike White
as Joe Gilbert
Siobhan McSweeney
as Una Gilbert
Mike Burnside
as Ann's Solicitor
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Holmes

All Critics (188) | Top Critics (55)

Suspense and sleuthing are a backstory to this elegant tale of regret, rectification and humility.

August 14, 2019 | Full Review…

What a pleasure it is to be in the presence of Ian McKellen, who dominates the screen in Mr. Holmes.

July 24, 2015

As someone who neither hungers for yet another incarnation of this character nor understands why anyone would, I watched in subdued bafflement.

July 22, 2015 | Full Review…

The mystery subplot lacks the ingenuity of the greatest Holmes stories, but McKellen excels, switching effortlessly between the reclusive beekeeper with a faltering memory and the elegant younger detective at the height of his powers.

July 21, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It's a gripping little tale, to be sure, but it's more than that. Somewhere in its tangle of timelines, false starts, and red herrings is a great truth about the unsolvable mystery of the human soul.

July 19, 2015 | Full Review…

Even those who've read the book can be startled by what happens in Mr. Holmes, while they're being moved by McKellen in a role he's come to late, but with his customary elegance.

July 17, 2015 | Full Review…
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Lifted by an excellent performance from Sir Ian McKellen, this is an insightful look at a de-romanticized, "real" Sherlock Holmes trying to hold on to his aging mind and volatile memories this side of life's wall while finally getting to realize the nuances of human complexity.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Sherlock Holmes battles his failing memory as he tries to solve his last case, which still haunts him. The highlight of this film is the masterful work by Ian McKellen, whose take on an aging Holmes brings to mind the thesis of A Beautiful Mind: that intelligence can outwit the infirmities of the body. Despite his failing memory, Holmes attempts to retrain his brain to renew his deductive capacities, and yet in the lines of McKellen's face, we see the emotional toll these additional intellectual acrobatics work on him. The mystery plot is pedestrian, with a payoff that does not rival some of the classic Holmes mysteries, but in fairness, the film is about age and its ravages, not necessarily a typical whodunit. Overall, I like this take on Holmes, though I pray that they don't take it too far with an uninspired sequel.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Mr. Holmes is not your usual Sherlock Holmes mystery. In this movie, the mystery exists as Sherlock is drifting into dementia, and he can't quite figure out why he retired as a detective.

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