67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Yet here, as before, part of the movie's perversely cheeky design is that it throws away its own cleverness.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
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.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The result ends up like an "SNL" skit: knowingly over-the-top but still fun.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Virtually every set-up and set-piece in this extravagantly tedious adventure is misleading, or worse, irrelevant.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Simultaneously brash and dull - hardly a combustible combination.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's an enjoyably demented meta-finale, the rivals showing what they could do if they ever bothered to actually do it.
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40

NPR

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.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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0

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
There's nothing here but wreckage. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is so ineptly made that the story is advanced solely through announcements.
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48 out of 100
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