New York Times - 12/27/1991
"...[Contains] the most beatifically funny and deranged sequence in all cinema....Magnificent..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Perhaps no other film offers as exciting a rollercoaster ride through the golden age of comedy than Buster Keaton's Sherlock, Jr. Dramatizing the uproarious exploits of a meek theatre projectionist-turned-amateur sleuth, the film blends the knockabout physical comedy normally associated with slapstick with more subtly-crafted moments of humor -- such as the sequence in which Buster leaps "through" the silver screen and lands in the midst of the action.
Packed within its modest 45 minutes is enough comic material for several ordinary features, but Keaton chooses to compress it all into a dazzling display of cinematic inventivemess that races along like the driver-less motorcycle hurling through a traffic-clogged city in the film's unforgettable climax -- with a stone-faced Buster perched obliviously on the handlebars.
This DVD also features the wonderful film Our Hospitality. In many ways a companion piece to his 1926 classic The General, it stars Keaton as a New York man who returns to his southern antebellum homeland to find himself embroiled in a long standing feud between his family and that of the woman he loves.
What might have been an ordinary comedy of manners is transformed into a spectacle of visual surprises, with no farcical opportunity left unexploited. The sequence in which Buster travels southward by rinky-dink locomotive is a most sublime example of the director's craft -- a truly astounding series of comic vignettes that represents but a tiny portion of the extraordinary talent that characterizes The Art of Buster Keaton.
Keaton is at the top of his form in SHERLOCK JR., in which he plays a film projectionist turned amateur sleuth in a world with boundless opportunities for physical comedy. OUR HOSPITALITY stars Keaton as a New Yorker returning to his native south only to become embroiled in a long standing, and comedic, family feud.
SHERLOCK, JR. was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1991.