New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Downey has a winning take on Holmes: He's always on.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It pleases me to report, then, that Downey brings his brain, his wit, and his gift for intelligent underplaying, even as he understands he has been hired to play Sherlock Holmes, action hero.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The movie as a whole is clever, and conspicuously overwrought. But Mr. Downey's performance is elegantly wrought; he's as quick-witted as his legendary character, and blithely funny in the lovers' spats—all right, the mystery-lovers' spats—that Holmes keeps having with Jude Law's witty Dr. Watson.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Sherlock Holmes is an odd amalgam, a top-heavy light entertainment that keeps throwing things at you and doesn't seem too concerned with whether they stick.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Sherlock Holmes has been reimagined with fighting skills as potent as his intellectual acumen.
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By Bob Mondello
In short, Ritchie's come up with precisely what you'd expect of him — a pumped-up, anachronistically modern Sherlock Holmes designed for the ADD crowd. Expect a sequel. Or six.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
With a clamorous soundtrack and a whirl of elaborate chases and busily choreographed fight scenes, this is Sherlock Holmes with Attention Deficit Disorder.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Guy Ritchie is the worst screenwriter in the world, but, to be fair, he is not the worst director. He is only the worst director of the people who actually get to make movies.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Ritchie is all about the whooshing and headbanging, leaving no space between Holmes' words to savor their meaning. Downey is irresistible. The movie, not so much.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Sherlock Holmes goes wrong in many ways except for one -- at the boxoffice.
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57 out of 100
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