Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

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Warner Bros. Released 2011

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Director:
Guy Ritchie
Released:
2011
Rating:
PG-13

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.

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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

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  • 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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