Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) has always been the smartest man in the room...until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large-Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)-and not only is he Holmes' intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder-a murder that is only one piece of a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's complete trash and makes a mockery of Holmes's vaunted deductive reasoning."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"What this film really celebrates is crunch-and-thud video-game-style action, not especially well choreographed by director Guy Ritchie."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"The second installment in the series, churns like a lump of moldy dough sitting in the pit of your stomach, trying ever so hard to be digested."
‑ Justin Craig,
"The truth about this Game of Shadows and its predecessor is that neither has a story worthy of its hero. The story is not only often improbable, it is often simply impossible to follow."
‑ Brian Holcomb, Kinetofilm
"The bromance nearly boils over in this messy but satisfying sequel to the 2009 feature."
‑ Christian Toto, Big Hollywood
"Downey's career is something of a game of shadows, but it's one still worth playing, for now."
‑ Adam Graham, Detroit News
"It doesn't take a master of deduction to see that Ritchie has decided to play it too safe with this sequel."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"A welcome return for the World's Greatest Detective Other Than Batman, and a sequel that impressively conspires to be more challenging than its predecessor."
‑ Matt Looker,
"The mystery and fun of the first feature is replaced with a bland miscast villain and slam-bang action nonsense, none of which is very impressive."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"I actually enjoyed A Game of Shadows more than the original. This will be entertaining for those of you who enjoyed the original and others who just will watch RDJ in anything."
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
"Downey and Law remain this presumptive franchise's draw."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"In an act of criminal negligence, Ritchie has wasted Robert Downey Jr. in a sequel that eliminates smarts in favor of relentless headbanging."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"As it stands, with its engrossing-yet-obscured-by-over-the-top-CGI plot, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is little more than elementary, my dear moviegoer."
‑ Kristal Cooper, We Got This Covered
"The overall effect is of sort of Steam Punk Toulouse Lautrec portrait, intricately designed, occasionally visually dazzling, and well-acted throughout."
‑ Simon Gallagher, What Culture
"If only they'd spent the cash on a bad guy with stature, instead of taking that phrase, "the banality of evil," so literally. Playing this Game might have been even more fun."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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