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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Master sleuth returns in entertaining but violent adventure.

Movie PG-13 2011 129 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 11+


This is one of my favorite movies! KInd of violent but violence is not emphasized or over the top. Very good Special Effects and great story. Honestly it's better than the first one but nothing was bad about the first one this one's just so much better! The Ending is especially great.
age 18+

Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows

I know Sherlock Holmes is a mystery man and finding clues and Robert Downey Jr is the best actor to be Sherlock Holmes there was no violence this is PG 13

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (58 ):

How can this franchise not be entertaining with the talented Robert Downey Jr. playing a historically fascinating lead (and Law as a gutsy Watson)? Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows even looks entertaining: The tableau is drained of color, etched in charcoal, but still very stylized, which fits director Guy Ritchie's signature. He's assured another hit.

But is it great? Perhaps expectations are raised too high, but it feels like the bloom of the movie's specific visual and storytelling style is fading a bit. Ritchie's swift deconstruction of Holmes' thought process seem wasted on what-if situations instead of on actual detective work. And, yes, the bromance between Holmes and Watson is charming, but it's clear when Holmes faces Moriarty that the movie hungers for more of that type of confrontation. It's an iconic match-up, and it's too bad we don't spend much time with it and Holmes' other misadventures. Let the master detective detect!

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