Sherlock Jr. (1924) - Rotten Tomatoes

Sherlock Jr. (1924)



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This film is one of Buster Keaton's funniest and most technically innovative features. He plays the floor sweeper and projectionist of a small-town movie theater who in his free time studies to be a detective.

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Buster Keaton
as Projectionist/Sherlock, Jr.
Ward Crane
as The Rival
Joe Keaton
as The Girl's Father/Man on Film Screen
Erwin Connelly
as The Hired Man/The Butler
Horace Morgan
as Conspirator
Ford West
as Theater Manager/Gillette
George Davis
as Conspirator
John Patrick
as Conspirator
Ruth Holly
as Candy Store Woman
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Critic Reviews for Sherlock Jr.

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (9)

Lots of people must find Buster's conduct laughable, else he would not continue making comedies... I have not found one yet. Therefore, Buster must have charm. Perhaps he is caviar to the general, and I am one of the latter class.

May 17, 2021 | Full Review…

Keaton's appreciation of the formal paradoxes of the medium is astounding; his observations on the relationship between film and the subconscious are groundbreaking and profound. And it's a laugh riot, too.

May 29, 2015 | Full Review…

Keaton's third feature under his own steam is an incredible technical accomplishment, but also an almost Pirandellian exploration of the nature of cinematic reality.

May 29, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Buster Keaton's third and shortest feature ranks among his best.

May 29, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A master of movement and stillness, Keaton developed a comedy style that was as intellectual as it was physical, and this small gem shows us why he's as purely American a film genius as the motion pictures have produced.

May 29, 2015 | Full Review…

The unexpected, fantastic dream situations lend themselves to some remarkable trick effects, including one in which Buster walks right out of an audience and into a picture on the screen.

May 29, 2015 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Sherlock Jr.


Simply a marvel of ideas and execution, Keaton's imagination alone is a bullet ride across The Twilight Zone and The Wizard Of Oz at the same time. Breathtaking work. That it's a comedy is only the cherry on top.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I'd never watched any real silent films before, because I feared that if I did the film would be outdated in its humor and wouldn't warrant that many laughs out of me. But man did this film blow away my expectations, this is one of the funniest films I've seen In my whole life. Now the only real comedies that make me burst out laughing every 5 minutes are usually Jim Carrey films, but this film I burst out laughing every 5 seconds. The pool scene is one of the most tension building scenes ever put in film, but is also very funny to watch. I never thought I would recommend a silent film, but this film is a must for comedy fans and fans of silent comedies.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

A great movie all the more remarkable due to the technique employed and how Keaton could pull off a number of risky stunts without getting killed - and his huge care is evident in a hilarious billiard scene and a fabulous moment in which he dodges many dangers on a motorcycle.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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