Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Synopsis
The famous detective and his astute associate face their archenemy, evil genius Moriarty.
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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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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...
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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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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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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....
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Simultaneously brash and dull - hardly a combustible combination.
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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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Though the film features Holmes' fiercest villain and a plot partially cribbed from "The Final Problem," one of Conan Doyle's most beloved...
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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...
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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...
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PAY ATTENTION! (though you may need to see it again to catch everything)

By sak473
As with the first Holmes movie, you have to pay attention to the dialog and clues when you watch this movie. Even then, you're likely to miss thngs (and if you're like my wife and me, you'll have to...

Everything I Hoped For and More

By ss_michael
After seeing the original Sherlock Holmes, I said, "That movie was great! Even if they don't make a sequel, it wouldn't both me." Today, I find myself saying the same thing about A Game of...

Smart, funny, visually stunning

By englishmonster
Why aren't more movies made with this wonderful combination of wit, action, and comedy? The acting was absolutely on the mark and the story was gripping. Go see it!...

Full of nonstop action and comedy!

By sjoyforever
This film, like the others, is witty and fun-full of twists and turns and suspense. It will keep you laughing while on the edge of your seat. If you want to be entertained then go see this movie!...

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows: B

By MattH306
It took a little too long for the movie to develop. Grade: B...

It Was Pretty Good

By atltwiggz247
It started off a little uninteresting, but it got better. I thought it was pretty good. I saw the midnight show, so earlier that day I watched the first movie again. I think that may have helped...

Sherlock Holmes - Great Movie!!

By Babee46
I laughed and was enthralled at different times in the movie. I even almost cried at one point but you'll have to go see if for yourself to figure out I'll definitely go and see it...

Shadows and mystery

By haber1
This movie will keep you at the edge of your seat and watching closely. I thought that the story was good and the special effects fantastic. A must see!...

Game of Shadows: A Sure Thing!

By limes79
I was ready for the cinematography and quick edits, but I tend to be hesitant about sequels. Fear not: this sequel surpasses the original! Downey and Law are the new Sundance and Butch with clever...

They said the did more, and they deliver!

By JudeWatson
In every interview you hear, Robert Downey Jr (Sherlock Holmes) says they did more in this sequel, tried to make it bigger and better. They absolutely did. This movie is a rush from beginning to end....

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Rated PG-13 | For Some Drug Material, Intense Sequences of Violence and Intense Sequences of Action
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Master sleuth returns in entertaining but violent adventure.
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