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From director Guy Ritchie (Rocknrolla, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) comes an all-new take on the classic master detective Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Rachel McAdams. Renowned "consulting detective" Sherlock Holmes (Downey Jr.--Iron Man) has a reputation for solving the most complex mysteries. With the aid of his trusted ally Dr. John Watson (Law--The Aviator), Holmes is unequaled in his pursuit of criminals, relying on his singular powers of observation, his remarkable deductive skills -- and the blunt force of his fists. But now a threat unlike anything Holmes has ever confronted threatens London ... and it's just the challenge he's looking for.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Guy Ritchie's directorial style might not be quite the best fit for an update on the legendary detective, but Sherlock Holmes benefits from the elementary appeal of a strong performance by Robert Downey, Jr.
The Times of India
There's not only a whole lot of bone-crunching and rib-busting that Holmes joyously indulges in, there's his perpetual grubby look, his overnight stubble, stained shirt and dissolute, world-weary attitude that totally reinvents the character.
February 28, 2020
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Common Sense Says
Gritty, action-packed take on famous sleuth's adventures.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sherlock Holmes is director Guy Ritchie's take on the famous literary/cinematic detective legend. It stars Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, and Rachel McAdams and presents an earthier, brawnier, and glossier version of the story than most of us are used to ... which is exactly why teens will love it. Gritty, late-1800s London is the movie's backdrop, and there's no shortage of action -- from brutal, slo-mo fistfight scenes (most with blood and broken bones) to gunplay and big explosions. There are also some fairly gory crime scenes (including shots of dead bodies, one with a few wriggling maggots), a brief scene of a naked (aside from a strategically placed pillow) Holmes handcuffed to a bed, references to the dark rituals of occult secret societies, smoking, and drinking. But there's no swearing to speak of, and the movie ultimately celebrates Holmes and Watson's close friendship.
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- Release Date:December 25, 2009
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
If purchased in:4K
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