Parents' Guide to

Enola Holmes

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Entertaining period mystery has feminist messages, violence.

Movie PG-13 2020 123 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 76 parent reviews

age 12+

My daughter loves it!

Me and my 11 year old daughter watched this movie and she loves it and so do I! I am a big fan of feminism and good role models in movies. Enola is a very inspirational, independent character that kids like my Aliza should look up to!
age 8+

We really liked this film. It’s entertaining for adults and kids and a great movie to watch together, helps meld historical past and have discussions like what is feminism and do you think the past was fair to girls? Love the characters. Due expect some violence, there is an attempted drowning, a knife fight, and gun violence. They say hell a lot. Other mild swears. But younger kids I’ll have th language sail over them. Older kids will know better.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (76 ):
Kids say (200 ):

Fast-paced, clever, and hugely entertaining, this film will delight fans of Brown and surely bring her more followers thanks to this outstanding role. Brown has become a cultural icon of girl power: Girls everywhere wanted to be her Stranger Things character Eleven, and now they'll crave to be the fiercely independent, confident, wily Enola, too. Brown (who's also a producer on Enola Holmes) pairs off against a cast of established actors, including Bonham Carter and Cavill, and she fills nearly every scene with energy and intelligence in a role that's as physical as it is emotional. The technique of having her character conspiratorially break the fourth wall to talk directly to the camera (like a teen-friendly Fleabag) creates complicity with the viewer. Interestingly, that playful dialogue seems to come and go with her character's own confidence and fortune.

Sherlock fans may be reluctant to accept a younger and more forward-thinking sister who outsmarts the great detective. And history buffs may bristle at the imposition of some contemporary values on late 1800s-era London. But smashing historical constructions and patriarchal obstacles seems to be exactly the point. And, anyway, doesn't the magic of many movies lie precisely in the suspension of disbelief? Yes, Enola's regular combat conquests and speedy deductions are suspect. But really, who cares when a film is so well put together and just plain fun to watch? Considering that there are several books in the source series, here's hoping that Enola Holmes marks the start of an exciting new franchise.

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