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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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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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