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Parents' Guide to

Sherlock Holmes

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Gritty, action-packed take on famous sleuth's adventures.

Movie PG-13 2009 128 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 48 parent reviews

age 12+

a very fun time

Sherlock Holmes is a great flick full of action, laughs, mystery and, suspense
1 person found this helpful.
age 13+

I like Sherlock Homes.

This movie was action packed! Its very fast movie and just plain awesome!
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (48 ):
Kids say (110 ):

This is entertaining, elementary fun. Guy Ritchie's film is ostensibly about a detective, but in this version, it's also about two buddies who've had a lifetime of adventure, making the friendship between Holmes and Watson seem both believable and relatable. Downey Jr. and Law are entertaining to watch, standing shoulder to shoulder; Law's Watson, in fact, is no sidekick here. Though Downey Jr.'s Holmes is clearly the genius, Watson is no afterthought -- and the film is so much better for that. And yet ...

Sherlock Holmes has the sooty, gritty look and feel of bygone London, and Ritchie, no surprise, brings out the franchise's pugnacious side. (And make no mistake, it wants to be a franchise -- the movie leaves off where a sequel could handily pick right up.) Yet although we appreciate the shot of adrenaline that the director of far-edgier movies like RocknRolla and Snatch brings to the Holmes legend, Ritchie seems to have decided to film a superhero movie instead. The quick cuts and frequent action sequences are photographed like an 1890s version of Iron Man. And Downey's 'do (and we may literally be splitting hairs here) feels out of place, as do some of the dialogue and other camerawork.

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