Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
- 2h 1m
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The game is afoot once more! Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law reprise their roles as Holmes and Watson in the supersleuth sequel to the mystery mega hit that minted over a half billion dollars worldwide. While vying with Watson's soon-to-be wife for the Doctor's time and attention, the detective extraordinaire matches wits with his arch-nemesis Professor Moriarty (Mad Men's Jared Harris), a criminal genius who's conspiring to make a fortune by manufacturing the next generation of wartime weaponry that the world's great powers will be forced to use against one another... once Moriarty succeeds in provoking World War I, of course. Joining the dynamic duo on their adventure is a feisty gypsy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Noomi Rapace) and Sherlock's craftier but crazier older brother Mycroft (Stephen Fry).
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a good yarn thanks to its well-matched leading men but overall stumbles duplicating the well-oiled thrills of the original.
It's complete trash and makes a mockery of Holmes's vaunted deductive reasoning.
June 22, 2017
Downey's career is something of a game of shadows, but it's one still worth playing, for now.
June 22, 2017
Downey and Law remain this presumptive franchise's draw.
November 4, 2018
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Common Sense Says
Master sleuth returns in entertaining but violent adventure.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, like its predecessor, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is an entertaining adventure filled with several scenes of action violence and mayhem. Though the fight scenes are very choreographed and stylized, they're bone-crunching and often brutal. And the slo-mo effects sometimes make the anticipation of the impact almost worse than the impact itself. Knives, guns, and bombs are all in use; there's also one scene of torture and a suicide. There's also a fair bit of innuendo, one scene of a naked man from behind, some mild language ("bastard" and "damn), pipe smoking, and social drinking. Holmes (again played by Robert Downey Jr.) dons women's clothing in one sequence.
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- Release Date:December 16, 2011
- Audio Format:5.1
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