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Sherlock Holmes: Early Reviews

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 16, 2009 at 12:30AM

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%.
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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.

This article is related to: Genres, Studios, Reviews, Action, Warner Bros./New Line


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.