Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Reviews

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows


Genre :

Adventure, Drama, Comedy

Release Date :

December 16, 2011

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Guy Ritchie

Starring :

Robert Downey Jr., Rachel McAdams, Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Stephen Fry, Jared Harris, Kelly Reilly, Eddie Marsan, Gilles Lellouche, Geraldine James, William Houston

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

2 of 4

“..virtually every set-up and set-piece in this extravagantly tedious adventure is misleading, or worse, irrelevant..”
by Steven Rea [Philadelphia Inquirer]
3 of 5

“..turns out good movie chemistry is something much more ... elementary..”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]
“..this sequel more tolerable than Sherlock Holmes (2009)..”
by J. R. Jones [Chicago Reader]
3 of 4

“..this one reduces the irritants while maintaining a high enjoyability quotient..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
“..there is a plot, but no real intrigue, mystery or suspense, and no inkling of anything at stake beyond a childish and belligerent idea of fun..”
by A.O. Scott [New York Times]
“..the Holmes deduction that follows can be as convoluted or elementary as necessary to move the story along..”
by Andrew Lapin [NPR]
“..the bedlam extends to the screenplay, which hangs carefully worked-out jokes on a gobbledygook plot..”
by Colin Covert [Minneapolis Star Tribune]
2 of 4

“..simultaneously brash and dull - hardly a combustible combination..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
Review rate : B-

“..part of the movie's perversely cheeky design is that it throws away its own cleverness..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
“..occasionally thrilling, sometimes hilarious and mostly absolute claptrap..”
by Andrew O'Hehir [Salon.com]
“..new Holmes adventures must pursue a larger bounty than previous incarnations of the character..”
by Brian Lowry [Variety]
“..lackluster screenwriting and the absence of actorly communion are breezed past with monotonous banter..”
by Nick Pinkerton [Village Voice]
“..it's an enjoyably demented meta-finale..”
by Ty Burr [Boston Globe]
1 of 4

“..certainly Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's creations have suffered permanent damage thanks to Ritchie's films..”
by Michael Phillips [Chicago Tribune]
“..aside from the screenwriters, the same core team from the first outing has been reassembled, making for an absolutely consistent look, sound and feel to the proceedings..”
by Todd McCarthy [Hollywood Reporter]
2.5 of 5

“..as big, loud moviemaking goes it's not quite as devoid of charm as it could have been..”
by Glenn Kenny [MSN Movies]

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“..while the story falls a bit into melodrama, that can't chop away at the solid drama the stars and director build beautifully..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


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by Frank Scheck [Hollywood Reporter]


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by Cath Clarke [Time Out London]


“..a nearly laughless comedy that doesn't do its writer/director/stars any favors..”
by Roger Moore [Movienation]


“..has some recognizable stars, but they are trapped in a slim story padded with lots and lots of flesh-eating..”
by Neil Genzlinger [NY Times]