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Sherlock Holmes (2009)

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Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.



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After finally catching serial killer and occult "sorcerer" Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. But when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again. Contending with his partner's new fiancée and the dimwitted head of Scotland Yard, the dauntless detective must unravel the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder, deceit, and black magic - and the deadly embrace of temptress Irene Adler. Written by The Massie Twins

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some startling images and a scene of suggestive material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Шерлок Холмс  »


Box Office


$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,304,277, 27 December 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$524,028,679, 29 April 2010
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Sherlock says "Now that you're sitting comfortably, I shall begin." to begin explaining Blackwood's plot, it is a reference to a BBC children's radio program from the 1950s, Listen With Mother, which was famous for its opening line "Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin." See more »


Watson uses a streamlined, mercury-filled sphygmomanometer to take the Colonel's blood pressure. The instrument wasn't widely available, or widely used, until 1901. See more »


[first lines]
Sherlock Holmes: [voice-over] Head cocked to the left, partial deafness in ear: first point of attack. Two: throat; paralyze vocal chords, stop scream. Three: got to be a heavy drinker, floating rib to the liver. Four: finally, drag in left leg, fist to patella. Summary prognosis: unconscious in ninety seconds, martial efficacy quarter of an hour at best. Full faculty recovery: unlikely.
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Crazy Credits

The credit for costume designer is shown over a frame from the scene in which Holmes is handcuffed to Irene's bed, not wearing any clothes at all. See more »


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The Rocky Road to Dublin
Written by Ciáran Bourke (as Ciarán Bourke), Ronnie Drew (as Ronald Drew), Luke Kelly and Barney McKenna
Arranged by The Dubliners (uncredited)
Performed by The Dubliners
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Visually stylish, otherwise totally bland
2 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

As with most of Hollywood "blockbuster" cinema these days, the film suffers from an inescapable, one-dimensionalism. It is all about style; the cinematography, costuming, digital sets and effects, etc. are all top notch. As well, the quippy dialogue betrays a certain shallow, slick stylism that the script suffers from in general. However, far from being a clever distillation of the best of Holmes and Watson, the film instead suffers throughout from a post-modernistic reductionism that flattens our heroes into effete, world-weary caricatures of their literary counterparts.

In a nutshell, for Holmes enthusiasts particularly, the film--in spite of the stylishly depicted action sequences--is dull and soulless, almost as if bored with its own pointlessness. Telling of our times, perhaps, but far from great storytelling.

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