Thompson on Hollywood

Yet again, a London premiere sparked early London reviews of a big movie, which in turn released the trades and others to post their reviews. While Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey, Jr. as the pipe-smoking detective and Jude Law as his sidekick Dr. Watson, won't open stateside until December 25, as of Tuesday, Rotten Tomatoes was counting six reviews at 83%.

The Guardian calls the Guy Ritchie film "high-end hack work," while The Hollywood Reporter says that as ill-fitting an adaptation as the movie is, its pyrotechnics will score at the box office. Variety agrees that this "flagrant makeover of fiction's first modern detective into a man of brawn as much as brain" may please action audiences, especially Iron Man fans. The Independent tracks the changing face of Sir Arthur Canon Doyle's iconic creation.