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.


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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