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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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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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$90,000,000 (estimated)

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£3,081,072 (UK) (25 December 2009)

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$209,019,489 (USA) (23 April 2010)
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The film contains numerous references and allusions to the Arthur Conan Doyle novels and stories. Including: "The game is afoot" ("The Abbey Grange", as well as the original source of the phrase, William Shakespeare's "Henry V"); "Because I was looking for it" ("Silver Blaze"); "You have the grand gift of silence, Watson. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion" ("The Man with the Twisted Lip"); "Crime is common, logic is rare" ("The Adventure of the Copper Beeches"); "My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work" (The Sign of the Four); "It makes a considerable difference to me, having someone with me on whom I can thoroughly rely" ("The Boscombe Valley Mystery"); "Data, data, data. I cannot make bricks without clay" ("The Adventure of the Copper Beeches"), "...one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts" ("A Scandal in Bohemia"), and "There is nothing more stimulating than a case where everything goes against you" ("The Hound of the Baskervilles"). See more »

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Although Sherlock Holmes refers to the book of Revelation as "Revelations", it is noted by Watson in the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novel "A Study in Scarlet" that Holmes' knowledge was limited to what he found relevant to his detective work, and in fact that he had very little knowledge of literature or philosophy. See more »

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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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The Warner Bros., Village Roadshow, and Silver Pictures logos are formed from cobblestones on a London street. 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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Tremendous!!! One of my favorite movies of the year.
25 December 2009 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

What a ride. "Sherlock Holmes" left me giddy. I absolutely loved it. It was thrilling, funny, stylish, fast-paced and brilliantly acted.

Downey Jr. is a delight to look at. He eats up the screen. He gives the character all sorts of mannerisms and nuances which really bring Holmes to life like never before. The chemistry and interplay between him and Jude Law is hilarious.

I wasn't a big fan of Rachel McAdams's performance, but it didn't detract from the experience. I felt she just didn't bring as much to the table as the others. (Kinda like Katie Holmes in Batman Begins.)

Guy Ritchie really outdoes himself here. The way he uses the camera, the motion, the fluidity, the snappy pacing - I loved every minute of it.

A really fantastic movie. Well done.


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