SHERLOCK HOLMES is a smart, engaging, thrilling adventure film that will doubtless appeal to lots of kids and parents alike. However, the film is very gritty and violent. Lots of the plot revolves around satanic rituals that are frequently shown. In such rituals, suicide is prompted (but prevented) and animals are sacrificed and disected (with blood shown). Two scenes that will doubtless be disturbing for young kids: A man is shown drowning in a bathtub inside a darkened room, and another man spontaneously combusts and is shown writhing in flame. Aside from those, there are countless punches thrown, many close calls, and some bloody injuries. Two hangings are shown onscreen, but not up close. There is hardly any language though, and sexual content is limited to brief, mild innuendos that will soar over most kids's heads. This is a great movie, but it might be too startling for some.