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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

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Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law
Dec 16, 2011
PG-13, 2 hr. 8 min.


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Movie Info

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Rachel McAdams, Jared Harris, Stephen Fry, Paul Anderson, Kelly Reilly, Geraldine James, Eddie Marsan
Director: Guy Ritchie
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 2 hr. 8 min.
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Theater Release: Dec 16, 2011
DVD Release: Jun 12, 2012
Synopsis: Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) has always been the smartest man in the room...until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large-Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)-and not only is he Holmes' intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder-a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by Professor Moriarty. The cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead of Holmes as he spins a web of death and destruction-all part of a greater plan that, if he succeeds, will change the course of history. -- (C) Warner Bros

Critic Reviews

  • Bruce Diones, New Yorker
    It's complete trash and makes a mockery of Holmes's vaunted deductive reasoning.
  • Adam Graham, Detroit News
    Downey's career is something of a game of shadows, but it's one still worth playing, for now.
  • Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
    Downey and Law remain this presumptive franchise's draw.
  • Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
    What this film really celebrates is crunch-and-thud video-game-style action, not especially well choreographed by director Guy Ritchie.
  • Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
    It doesn't take a master of deduction to see that Ritchie has decided to play it too safe with this sequel.
  • Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    In an act of criminal negligence, Ritchie has wasted Robert Downey Jr. in a sequel that eliminates smarts in favor of relentless headbanging.
  • Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
    Downey may think this interpretation is an insight, or funny, but it pushes what was already a rude rewriting of the classic characters into eye-rolling camp. And it throws everything off balance.
  • Richard Roeper, Richard
    I was let down by this loud and flashy but utterly empty sequel.
  • Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
    This movie wants to be a horse but, even measured in box-office millions, it's just another nag.
  • Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
    Something of an overlong, overblown, disorganized mess, despite being slightly better than its predecessor.
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