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Based on 38 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 83 )
  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    So the sequel, A Game of Shadows, is more of the stupid same. It wouldn't matter so much if Downey and Jude Law, as the bromantic Dr. Watson, didn't look so ready to turn on the cerebral dazzle. Instead, Ritchie treats them like action goons out of his "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" basement. show more

  • NA
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    There's nothing here but wreckage. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is so ineptly made that the story is advanced solely through announcements. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Simultaneously brash and dull - hardly a combustible combination. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Now the two men are back, along with Irene. But she vanishes all too soon in this overproduced, self-enchanted sequel, and so does the spirit of bright invention that made the previous film such a pleasant surprise. show more

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Virtually every set-up and set-piece in this extravagantly tedious adventure is misleading, or worse, irrelevant. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The result ends up like an "SNL" skit: knowingly over-the-top but still fun. show more

  • 60
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    After quite a few tedious detours and distractions, when the film finally gets down to the business of a climax at a gathering of elite European diplomats in a precariously perched Swiss mountain castle, it becomes not half-bad. show more

  • 40

    Though the film features Holmes' fiercest villain and a plot partially cribbed from "The Final Problem," one of Conan Doyle's most beloved stories, the sense of mystery has gone missing. A most heinous crime has taken place. The fun, too, is nowhere in evidence. show more

  • 75

    It's BFF and hetero life partner Dr. Watson who forms the tale's real love triangle with Holmes - escalating the first film's bromantic undercurrent of mutual admiration and "circumstantial homosexuality" to overt, unabashed man-love and dangerous attraction - with tantalizingly evil interloper Professor James Moriarty. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Set aside your memories of the Conan Doyle stories, save them to savor on a night this winter and enjoy this movie as a high-caliber entertainment. show more

  • November 16, 2012 is00000000131949
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    Two is enough

  • November 13, 2012 bah002
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    The first Sherlock movie I thought had too much violence and Sherlock was not as groomed & well dressed as he should have been. This second movie: is NOT Sherlock Holmes: it\'s someone else, completely; the action is just like the first. Sherlock is if anything more derelict, and scruffy looking: Dr. Watson is also quit scruffy, definitely too much violence: and mayhem not enough cerebral plotting. Apparently they don’t get Victorian Europe and America, even. Dress, manners, and overall appearance determined who you were and where you could go and what you could do. You absolutely do not throw a Victorian lady into a lake or river not fully dressed as her dress and petticoats, weigh about 30 to 40 lbs. which will take her right down. If I wanted to see this type of violence and idiotic mayhem I would have seen a diehard or predator movie. The movie plot is really quite obvious, Does NOT have any of the finesse that Conan Doyle or others who wrote Sherlock stories managed to put into their story lines… So thank you for wasting my time and showing me just how badly you could screw up some good stories and fictional charac

  • September 28, 2012 Sir Raymond
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    Agreed !!!! BEST movie I\'ve seen this yr. by far ! I thought the first was just great. The sequel is even better. When was the last time a sequel was even as good as the original? This one goes right to the top! Jude Law & Downey Jr. fit perfect together. Number 3........Hurry!

  • July 21, 2012 cg00000000127148
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    If 2 could have seen 1? 2 would have shot 1 in the face. SOOOOO much BETTER!!!!

  • June 17, 2012 jackd1207
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    A little \"CGI\" action is a good thing. Too much \"CGI\" action is distracting. Spent too much on action and not enough on character development and storyline. Not as good as the first.

  • April 18, 2012 hondafreekr
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    That acting was spot on. Thesuprises every time you turned around. And the comedie was put in in just the right time. loved the movie cant wait for it to come out on blue ray.

  • February 27, 2012 ym00000000115932
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    Simply the best film of 2011! Great plot, excellent cinematography, and Robert Downery Jr & Jude Law are perfect together!

  • February 25, 2012 barnesfox
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    good movie.

  • January 28, 2012 shoeluvr155
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    not as good as the first to many impopssiblle near escapes

  • January 26, 2012 tobephoto
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    third grade humor. Matrix effects and dumb and dumer...and I loved the first one but this was an insult.


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