Box Office - 12/14/2009 5 stars out of 5 -- "Easily one of the most enjoyable action pictures in recent memory....[An] alternately brisk and brainy reworking of the legendary detective's mythos..."
Los Angeles Times - 12/25/2009
"[Robert Downey Jr. brings] an energetic insouciance as well as a raffish air of bohemian disrepute to [the role]..."
USA Today - 12/25/2009
"[T]he production design looks enticingly authentic....Old London, achieved via superb visual effects, is breathtaking in its grimy verisimilitude."
Chicago Sun-Times - 12/23/2009 3 stars out of 4 -- "Guy Ritchie's film is filled with sensational sights, over-the-top characters and a desperate struggle atop Tower Bridge....It's likely to be enjoyed by today's action fans."
New York Times - 12/25/2009
"The visual style -- a smoky, greasy, steam-punk rendering of Victorian London, full of soot and guts and bad teeth and period clothes -- shows some undeniable flair."
A.V. Club - 12/23/2009
"[H]ighly entertaining....Directed with just the right amount of panache by Guy Ritchie, whose showmanship finally finds the right side of self-indulgence." -- Grade: B
Entertainment Weekly - 01/08/2010
"The best thing in the movie is Downey....There's an authentic Sherlockian intensity about him." -- Grade: B-
Variety - 12/14/2009
"[E]very frame has been crammed with visual stimulation thanks to Sarah Greenwood's detailed production design, Philippe Rousselot's gritty lensing and Jenny Beavan's determinedly creative costume design."
Hollywood Reporter - 12/14/2009
"Philippe Rousselot's cinematography smoothly marries the various components, the great matte shots and CGI into a smart-looking film."
Total Film - 12/22/2009 3 stars out of 5 -- "[F]rom its superb production design to Hans Zimmer's punchy, gypsy-violin score, Sherlock Holmes can unashamedly count itself one of the more robust members of the 2009 blockbuster club..."
Empire - 05/01/2010 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]irelessly energetic, hugely entertaining....It treads a judicious line between Hollywood-style heightened reality and out-and-out fantasyland..."
London is under siege by gigantic monsters, and it's up to Sherlock Holmes (Ben Syder) to banish the beasts and save the city.