Sherlock Holmes

Warner Bros. Released 2009



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Movie Summary

Guy Ritchie

In this update of the Sherlock Holmes mystery saga, Holmes tracks down and kills the notorious murdered Blackwood, who is rumored to be a sorcerer - much to Holmes' discredit. Three months later, a series of murders similar in nature to those of Blackwood's start turning up, and to make matters stranger, his body disappears from its grave. It's up to Holmes and the soon to be married Watson to solve this mystery, but the mystical and unexplainable problems the duo encounter makes the strictly logical Holmes question himself. This all corresponds with the sudden arrival of Holmes' former rival and love interest Irene Adler. Holmes must track down Blackwood and get to the bottom of this mystery before all of London is destroyed by the dark villain's evil plot.


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Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    There are worse things than loutish, laddish cool, and as a series of poses and stunts, Sherlock Holmes is intermittently diverting.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    There's a mystery at the heart of Sherlock Holmes, and it's not the one the great master of detection has been called on to solve. It's how a film that has so many good things goin...

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Ritchie has never worked on a scale anything approaching this before and, while some of the directorial affectations are distracting, he keeps the action humming.


    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Watson: Get that out of my face.
        Holmes: It's not in your face. It's in my hand.
        Watson: Get what's in your hand out of my face.

      • Holmes: (Holmes mentally plans his attack after being spat on)
        This mustn't register on an emotional level. First, distract target. Then block his blind jab. Counter with cross to left cheek. Discombobulate. Dazed, he'll attempt wild haymaker. Employ elbow block, and body shot. Block feral left. Weaken right jaw. Now fracture. Break cracked ribs. Traumatise solar plexus. Dislocate jaw entirely. Heel kick to diaphragm. In summary, ears ringing, jaw fractured, three ribs cracked, four broken... diaphragm hemorrhaging, physical recovery, six weeks... full psychological recovery, six months... capacity to spit at back of head... neutralised.

    • NOTES (6)

      • Production Budget - $90,000,000
        Domestic Gross - $209,028,679 (9th)
        Worldwide Gross - $524,028,679 (8th)

        Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $227,423,203
        Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $570,143,203

      • Other Production Companies
        Silver Pictures
        Village Roadshow Pictures
        Wigram Productions

        Internationale Filmproduktion Blackbird Dritte
        Lin Pictures

      • Filming locations include:
        Chatham Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, England
        West Brompton, London, England
        Chatham Docks, Chatham, Kent, England
        Taplow, Buckinghamshire, England
        Blackfriars, London, England
        Finsbury, London, England
        Covent Garden, London, England
        Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England
        Leavesden Studios, Leavesden, Hertfordshire, England
        Liverpool docks, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
        London, England
        Albert Square, Manchester, Greater Manchester, England
        New York City, New York
        Manchester, Greater Manchester, England
        Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, England
        Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England
        Strand, London, England
        St. Paul's Cathedral, Ludgate Hill, London, England
        Pall Mall, St. James's, London, England
        University College London, Bloomsbury, London, England
        Brooklyn, New York City, New York

      • Taglines:
        1. Mark Strong is Blackwood.
        2. Rachel McAdams is Adler.
        3. Holmes for the Holiday.
        4. Dangerously Alluring.
        5. Jude Law is Watson.
        6. Robert Downey Jr. is Holmes.
        7. Depraved Adversary
        8. Crime Will Pay.
        9. Nothing Escapes Him.

      • Music:
        German Dance No. 10 in D Major
        Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
        Performed by The Isobel Griffiths Ensemble
        Adagio from String Quartet Opus 1 No. 3 In D Major
        Written by Joseph Haydn
        Performed by The Isobel Griffiths Ensemble
        The Rocky Road to Dublin
        Written by Ciáran Bourke, Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly and Barney McKenna
        Performed by The Dubliners

      • Academy Awards Nominations:
        1. Art Direction
        2. Original Score

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      User Score: 50

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    More Info About This Movie


    characters with double lives, characters with hidden agendas, corrupt politics, good vs. evil, issues with authority