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Sherlock Holmes (2009 movie)

50 Ratings: 2.9
A 2009 film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional character of the same name

         Sherlock Holmes is a film starring Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law and Rachel McAdams.  The film will be released on Christmas Day 2009.      Sherlock Holmes is a 2009 film adaptation of Arthur … see full wiki

Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: December 25, 2009
30 reviews about Sherlock Holmes (2009 movie)
review by . December 13, 2010
Lord Blackwood, serial killer and black occultist, has finally been brought to justice. Returning from the grave only gives more weight to his already potent reputation, as well as his ominous predictions of what is to yet to come. Yet, Sherlock Holmes seems too preoccupied with the imminent loss of his life-long bachelor friend and valued assistant, Dr. Watson, to act effectively against Blackwood's schemes.      Love seems to be the only thing to truly confound and successfully …
review by . August 17, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
*** out of ****    Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" stylistically reverses the intentions that we are to expect from both cinematic and non-cinematic outings starring everyone's favorite titular sleuth. While we're used to an intelligent, perplexing labyrinth of a mystery; Ritchie's attempted "update" on the character and the "Sherlock Holmes" universe itself presents us with a mystery that is almost decidedly simplistic yet creatively drawn out for a larger, more modern and mainstream …
review by . December 29, 2009
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FUN, Nicely Acted But the Screenplay is Very
   Sherlock Holmes was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and this character has clearly become a household name in the books of detective thrillers. Once again, Hollywood intends to re-imagine/revive/ re-issue the beloved detective under Guy Ritchie’s direction in 2009’s “SHERLOCK HOLMES”. Many folks would describe this movie as entertaining, fun and a piece of diversion. Diversion is such a loose word to use to describe a movie; after all even a shitty movie can …
review by . December 30, 2009
 ... while spinning in his urn, most likely. Robert Downey Jr once again proves himself to be the best actor of his generation and without him this movie would limp along, and its inconsequential paper-thin plot would be much more grating. Perhaps the biggest crime in the film is that Holmes - as a 2-dimensional vehicle for awesomely-intriguing detective tricks - is given a really lousy case that relies on some massive leaps of logic and an almost physic predictive ability.      …
review by . January 02, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Through all the grime and soot of old London towne, Holmes found that clue.
It's probably a good thing that I've never read a Sherlock Holmes story as I might have only gone into this movie with a laundry list of facts and tidbits and leaving the theater annoyed at how much was spat on if in fact it was.      With what I know about Sherlock Holmes, being an urbane, professional, intellectual with his cap on his head and calabash in mouth, it was odd to see him a sweaty, dirty, fussy and unshaven pit fighting brawler with a dinky little pipe.  …
review by . May 13, 2010
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FUN FILM THAT LACKS A LITTLE SOMETHING EXTRA
SHERLOCK HOLMES       I wanted to see this movie so bad because I have always been a fan of Holmes and of course of Robert Downey Jr. So I was a bit disappointed when I missed it in the theaters and had to wait for the DVD/Blu Ray release and all that. So as I waited some things went down but eventually it was released. So naturally I went out and had to own this even without seeing it. Still that didn't matter we all wanted to see it so off we went to view the new Holmes movie. …
review by . March 31, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
  Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his assistant Dr. John Watson (Jude Law) have just closed another case by capturing Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong) who has dealt with murder, and been very involved with black magic. Lord Blackwood is hanged for his crimes; however, after several months rumors begin to spread that he is in fact still alive, by apparently using more magic to keep himself from dying. When Blackwood's coffin is opened, it is found that another man is there, and Blackwood's …
review by . March 25, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Several years ago my brother introduced me to the films of Guy Ritchie. Fun stories, insane amounts of gun fire and some serious profanity. I remember getting my first taste of Jason Statham and not being able to contain my excitement when a fight was about to break out on screen and he was in the scene. Sherlock Holmes brings elements of past Ritchie films and incorporates the style with a classic Holmes story. And just as I yelled for blood during his previous movies, I did the same watching Holmes …
review by . January 02, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
As 2009 came to a close there were two movies in particular that were released that people had their eye on.  The first was Avatar, James Cameron's amazing visual spectacle.  The other was Sherlock Holmes, which dropped just after Christmas.  When it came to Sherlock Holmes it was hard to say what to think of it.            I rarely delight in movie previews and it's even rarer that I look at a preview and think to myself, "There's …
review by . January 05, 2010
A thoroughly entertaining take on Sherlock Holmes. A lot of UK critics seemed to have a downer on it, saying it runs out of steam, or the bromance elements of the Holmes/Watson relationship got tired, but I don't agree. The story for the most part cracks along, and Downey Jr and Law maintain the odd couple thing ably.       Plus, some fans may be miffed at how the Holmes character is portrayed as a brawling, dirty scruffbag. As I understand it though, …
Quick Tip by . December 29, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
A little slow and boring to start but it gets better and has a very good and unexpected ending. Worth the watch for sure.
review by . September 17, 2010
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      I'm just going to have to admit I'm a Robert Downey Jr. fan. In Sherlock Holmes he plays a quirky, borderline mad scientist, genius in the title role. The casting for the film was perfect. Jude Law is exceptional as the uptight and torn Dr. Watson.      The mystery is creative and nicely twisted. Sarcastic modernesque dialog and character interaction that ebbs and flows from love, hate, bitterness, wistfulness and true friendship and back makes …
review by . April 12, 2010
Good as a stand-alone piece, but doesn't compare to its literary counterpart.
 The first thing to say is that I really did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did. However, there are points this review will touch on which I just didn't find fit in with the Sherlock Holmes universe. To take such an iconic character, and put a modern Hollywood twist to it, would undoubtedly generate some criticism from those who have read the original stories and are fans of the traditional Arthur Conan Doyle creation. Although there have been many incarnations of Sherlock Holmes in …
review by . January 03, 2010
Guy Ritchie's Take on the Residents of 221B Baker Street is Fresh and Funny
In a world that is fat full of remakes and "reboots", Sherlock Holmes is a fresh take on a classic story, while also steering away from the remake fad.  Holmes isn't a remake or reboot, it's a new chapter in the adventures of every ones favorite detective.  There are no "Elementary, my Dear Watson's", though I was secretly hoping for a, "Keep digging Watson" thrown in somewhere.  While Sherlock Holmes isn't perfect, the film has definitely put some roots …
review by . April 29, 2010
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I thought overall this was a surprisingly decent adaptation of Sherlock Holmes - given that it's a big-budget Hollywood flick. Unfortunately, Sherlock Holmes does inject a lot of fighting scenes and make Holmes a bit of an action hero. In several scenes, he has to fight with his bare fists.     However, I think Sherlock Holmes does preserve the essential attributes of Holmes - the cold demeanor, the keen observer, and the ability to piece together disparate pieces of evidence …
review by . April 04, 2010
SHERLOCK HOLMES a la Guy Ritchie - seems like a non sequitur, but the trade off of Doyle's cerebral manner with Ritchie's visceral visual version makes for a very interesting if at times frustrating film. The rather silly screen story was hatched by Lionel Wigram and Michael Robert Johnson (who also penned the screenplay in tandem with Anthony Peckham and Simon Kinberg) and despite the general lack of resemblance of Ritchie's concept of a messy, hygiene-challenged sot of a Holmes (as portrayed by …
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Down and dirty update of the classic literary hero hase Sherlock Holmes and a not so dumb Doctor Watson investigate a black magician's apparent return from the grave. The story is full of deus ex machina for building up an expalnation later but it's still fun and Robert Downey Jr is great.
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Entertaining. Downey Jr and Law play off each other really well. Film looks and sounds great. Story is too weak though, and it runs out of steam way before the predictable climax. Feels like a starter before the main meal. Hopefully, the sequel will be far more nourishing.
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Love Robert Downey Jr., but this movie was such a letdown. So not as fun as it should have been.
review by . December 29, 2009
Holmes a martial artist?  That is one of the new directions the director took in the updated version that has Robert Downey Jr. as our favorite detective and Jude Law as a very tough Dr. Watson.  Sprinkle in a little Rachel McAdams as Irene, the one woman who intrigues Holmes.  Throw in CG graphics that bring 1890's London to life and we have a whole new Holmes.      A dark religious cult headed by Lord Blackstone is afoot that uses female sacrifice as one of their …
review by . May 12, 2010
Its surprising how some books get turned into feature-length movies almost annually, such as Alice in Wonderland, while other books rarely get the big-screen treatment maybe once a generation. The Sherlock Holmes stories are a great example of the latter. Written for both adult and teenage audiences, they are found in every library, yet outside of the occasional PBS special, I've never seen a recent movie based on any of the books. But Hollywood finally caught up, and produced a very good movie …
review by . April 29, 2010
My husband and I both thought this was one of the best movies we've seen in a long time. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law were meant for these roles. The plot was fantastic and the movie was hilarious. There was no boring pause in it like you find in some movies. I would recommend this DVD to everyone.
review by . April 11, 2010
The first thing to say is that I really did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did. However, there are points this review will touch on which I just didn't find fit in with the Sherlock Holmes universe. To take such an iconic character, and put a modern Hollywood twist to it, would undoubtedly generate some criticism from those who have read the original stories and are fans of the traditional Arthur Conan Doyle creation. Although there have been many incarnations of Sherlock Holmes in the cinema, …
review by . April 01, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
"Sherlock Holmes"    A Wonderful Return to England    Amos Lassen    Robert Downey, Jr.'s Sherlock Holmes is a true action hero and I love him. Guy Ritchie gives us a whole new Sherlock and it is great fun.   Set in 1891 in London, this is a dark action comedy. Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong) is a devious killer who returns from the dead to cause havoc and he faces Holmes, a martial artist, avid boxer, a lover of the sciences and …
Quick Tip by . February 26, 2010
Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law highlight the movie, which is a little flat. Decent action scenes, plot a lot predictable, but enjoyable.
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