Parents' Guide to

Sherlock Jr.

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Clever, fun-filled intro to silent movies (with subtitles).

Movie NR 1924 44 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 7+


Brilliant stunts. Simple story with surprising twists. Worth watching more than once
age 8+

Silent movie gold!

Buster Newton is just amazing. The dream sequence is this movie is fantastic! Makes me sad that silent movies are largley overlooked these days. Please introduce your children to the wonderful world of silent films!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Even viewers who normally don't seek out silent movies or classics in general are in for a treat. Sherlock Jr. is clever, charming, inventive, and full of surprises. There's so much packed into 44 minutes, it's hard to believe that there's a movie within a movie and a love story and a frame-up and it all ties together and makes perfect sense with just the occasional pithy caption.

The runaway moped scene had to take so much planning and careful direction. To say nothing of the effort it must have taken to make Keaton's dream-self rise up from the sleeping projectionist and climb into the movie on the screen below -- look Ma, no CGI. This is creative filmmaking at its finest.

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