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Sherlock Holmes (2009)

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Guy Ritchie

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About the Movie

In a dynamic new portrayal of Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous characters, "Sherlock Holmes" sends Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his stalwart partner, Dr. Watson (Jude Law) on their latest challenge. The only woman ever to have bested Holmes, Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams) again sparks her tempestuous relationship with the detective, while a mysterious new nemesis - Blackwood (Mark Strong) - constructs a deadly plot that could destroy the country. Revealing fighting skills as lethal as his legendary intellect, Holmes will battle as never before to bring down Blackwood and unravel his plan.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 232
  • Fresh: 164
  • Rotten: 68
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It seems that an evil aristocrat, executed for a series of murders, returns from the dead to mobilize an ancient secret society that he may have time-traveled into a Dan Brown novel to learn about. Doesn't that sound fascinating? I thought not. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Dec 28, 2009

Fresh: Downey never winks -- hea(TM)s too much of a pro for that -- but like the man hea(TM)s playing, hea(TM)s much, much smarter than the movie hea(TM)s in. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Dec 16, 2011

Fresh: Though purists may balk at Arthur Conan Doyle's literary world being manhandled into a blockbuster by never-subtle director Guy Ritchie, Downey has a winning take on Holmes: He's always on. – Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: It's all knotted together, then unraveled with brio, by Holmes and Watson. There are fisticuffs galore, fiery combustion aplenty, and, yes, my dear reader, clever deduction. – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Best portrayal of Holmes ever.

Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are perfect for their respective roles, and Mark Strong made a convincing, creepy performance as Lord Blackwood. The storyline worked very well as an action/mystery movie. The action scenes, visual effects, and comedic timing all worked well together. I've got my fingers crossed for Hans Zimmer's amazing score at the Oscars. Click {yes) if you think Robert should have been nominated for Best Actor.

A new type of movie

for one thing i did not see any of the previous movies or read any of the books, so to me this was a very nice film. it did have some defects to it but overall made you keep on watching to see what happened. i guess i like how he explained everything either before during or after it happened. click[yes] if you liked it, and click [no]if you didnt enjoy it as much as you hoped you would

Read the Stories Recently?

For anyone who is a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle, this movie will be highly gratifying. There are direct quotes from the books and short stories, and Holmes is accurate to his literary character. Yes he fights and has excellent disguises, and these are just as described in the book. My only qualm is that Robert Downey Jr. is not tall enough, but he more than makes up for this with his acting prowess. This was an excellent film, and it left me completely satisfied with respect to its respect of the original stories.

Sherlock Holmes (2009)
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2009

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Available Bundle

  1. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows + Sherlock Holmes, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.