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Sherlock Holmes (2009)



Critic Consensus: Guy Ritchie's directorial style might not be quite the best fit for an update on the legendary detective, but Sherlock Holmes benefits from the elementary appeal of a strong performance by Robert Downey, Jr.

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The mysterious action-adventure, "Sherlock Holmes" staged by the renowned filmmaker Guy Ritchie for Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. Robert Downey Jr., the legendary detective borrows its shape, and Jude Law plays Holmes' reliable Mr Watson, of Sherlock Holmes as a doctor and war veteran actively supported.

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Robert Downey Jr.
as Sherlock Holmes
Jude Law
as Dr. John Watson
Rachel McAdams
as Irene Adler
Mark Strong (II)
as Lord Blackwood
Eddie Marsan
as Inspector Lestrade
Geraldine James
as Mrs. Hudson
Kelly Reilly
as Mary Morstan
William Houston
as Constable Clark
Hans Matheson
as Lord Coward
James Fox
as Sir Thomas Rotheram
William Hope
as Ambassador Standish
Clive Russell
as Captain Tanner
Oran Gurel
as Reordan
Andrew Brooke
as Guard Cpatain
Tom Watt
as Carriage Driver
James Stephens
as Captain Phillips
John Kearney (VI)
as Carriage Driver
Sebastian Abineri
as Coach Driver
James A. Stephens
as Captain Philips
Terry Taplin
as Groundskeeper
Bronagh Gallagher
as Palm Reader
Ed Tolputt
as Anonymous Man
Joe Egan
as Big Man
Jefferson Hall
as Young Guard
Miles Jupp
as Waiter
Marn Davies
as Police Officer
Andrew Greenough
as Prison Guard
Ned Dennehy
as Man With Roses
Martin Ewens
as Removable Man
Amanda Grace Johnson
as Young Woman Sacrifice
James Greene
as Governor
David Emmings
as Grave Policeman
Ben Cartwright
as Grave Policeman
Chris Sunley
as Grave Policeman
Michael Jenn
as Preacher
Timothy O'Hara
as Porter/Smith
Guy Williams
as Golden Dawn Envoy
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Critic Reviews for Sherlock Holmes

All Critics (248) | Top Critics (69)

Watch it, by all means, for a dazzling visual feast, but be warned, this Sherlock is more show than tell.

April 17, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The Victorian sets are terrific and the performances of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, both consummate actors with a special style, are excellent. Nevertheless, their performances are not enough to compensate for a less than stellar script.

January 16, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

As for the film itself, in true Guy Ritchie style is was all over the place with the craziness. But if you can set aside your image of Boyle's Sherlock, you may enjoy this a little more.

September 11, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Despite a few laggard moments of slow going, Ritchie has pulled off an entertaining coup in giving us a Holmes for the 21st century by digging back to the 19th century original and adding a few bells and whistles.

January 15, 2010 | Full Review…

It's everything you want from a family holiday movie, but not worthy of the world's greatest detective.

January 5, 2010

Nigh-on unforgivable. An all-fumbling, all-bumbling, all-trundling crock of crud, that's not so much Snatch in a Deerstalker as bum on a flagpole.

January 5, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sherlock Holmes


What makes this film so refreshing and entertaining is Guy Ritchie's trademark stylish direction as he updates the legendary detective to a modern pop generation, and it has great dialogue, delicious performances and a wonderful production design.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Watched this movie with my cousins and I think it was good? Was not entirely sober at the time.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer

Holmes and Watson prevent the dastardly murder of an innocent girl during a satanic ritual, but when the would be murderer seems to come back from the grave the dynamic duo seem to have met their match....RockNRolla was a strong indication that the Ritchie formula was starting to wear a little thin, but the reinvention of Sherlock Holmes as a hard-drinking, bare knuckle brawling geezer was ringing some serious alarm bells with me (especially since the trailer made it look like Van Helsing 2). Thankfully, Robert Downey Jr. pulls out all the stops to make the character an infectious, eccentric cross between Doctor Who and Indiana Jones, and somehow it works brilliantly. He is perfectly complimented by Jude Law who shares great chemistry with his co-star making them a real Butch And Sundance of Victorian London. Their on screen partnership also has more than a little in common with the Cary Grant/Rosalind Russell pairing in His Girl Friday meaning Rachel McAdams is also on hand to provide the eye candy and stop them from looking too gay. It is a bit guilty of Pirate-izing the material, but the hokey hoodoo never gets too out of hand and the result is a hugely enjoyable comic strip romp that's everything The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen should have been, but wasn't.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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