Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Warner Bros. Released 2011



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Movie Summary

Guy Ritchie

There is a new criminal mastermind at large, Professor James Moriarty, and not only is he Holmes' intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may give him an advantage over the renowned detective. Holmes' investigation into Moriarty's plot becomes more dangerous as it leads him and Watson out of London to France, Germany and lastly Switzerland. But the cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead, and moving perilously close to completing his ominous plan. If he succeeds, it will not only bring him immense wealth and power but alter the course of history.


Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Variety Brian Lowry

    While director Guy Ritchie's excesses and modern concessions -- among them a lot of explosions -- remain intact, the parts of this second "Sherlock Holmes" are considerably more re...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    A few shades brighter than its predecessor, and the action bits certainly closer to the full-throttle "Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels" mode director Guy Ritchie didn't quite cap...

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    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.

    Robert Downey Jr.

    Robert Downey Jr.

    Sherlock Holmes

    Jude Law

    Jude Law

    Dr. John Watson

    Noomi Rapace

    Noomi Rapace

    Madam Simza Heron

    Rachel McAdams

    Rachel McAdams

    Irene Adler

    Eddie Marsan

    Eddie Marsan

    Inspector Lestrade

    Jared Harris

    Jared Harris

    Professor James Moriarty

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Holmes: Madam, this is a glorious hedgehog goulash. I can't remember ever having had better.
        Watson: Do tell me, when was the last time you had a hedgehog goulash?

      • Holmes: (Holmes mentally plans his attack against a hidden Cossack assassin.) First, pillage the nest. Clip wings. Now blunt his beak. Crack eggs. Scramble. Pinch of salt. Touch of pepper. Flip the omelette. Additional seasoning required. Breakfast is served.

      • Mycroft: If the concerns of two nations, which shall remain nameless, but I can tell you they speak French and German.

      • Watson: If you believe Moriarty has you under observation isn't this a bit conspicuous?
        Holmes: It's so overt, it's covert.

    • NOTES (4)

      • Production Budget - $125,000,000
        Domestic Gross - $186,848,418 (9th)
        Worldwide Gross - $543,848,418 (12th)

      • Other Production Companies:
        Village Roadshow Pictures
        Silver Pictures

      • Filming locations include:
        Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, England
        Paris, France
        Richmond Park, Richmond, Surrey, England
        Bourne Woods, Farnham, Surrey, England
        Chatham Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, England
        Cliffs Of Dover, England
        Didcot Railway Centre, Didcot, Oxfordshire, England
        Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England
        East Molesey, Surrey, England
        Sevenoaks, Kent, England
        Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, England
        Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England
        Place de la Cathédrale, Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, France
        Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England
        Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, France
        Triengen, Kanton Luzern, Switzerland

      • Music:
        Die Forell
        Written by Franz Schubert
        Performed by Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake
        Two Mules For Sister Sara
        Written by Ennio Morricone
        Performed by Movie Screen Orchestra

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      User Score: 48

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