Mr. Holmes

Mr. Holmes

Mr. Holmes

Sir Ian McKellen is an aged and retired Sherlock Holmes in this crime mystery from director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls). The great detective’s memory is fading, but a 50-year-old case still troubles him. Residing in a Sussex village post-WWII, Mr. Holmes investigates the mystery with the fragments of memory he has left.

2015Rating: PG, Adult themes104 minsUK, USA
DramaMystery
Director:
Bill Condon ('Dreamgirls', 'The Fifth Estate', 'Kinsey', 'Gods and Monsters')
Writer:
Jeffrey Hatcher
Cast:
Ian McKellenMilo ParkerLaura LinneyHattie MorahanPatrick KennedyHiroyuki Sanada

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Mr. Holmes / Reviews

Flicks, Giles Hardie

Flicks, Giles Hardie

It’s tempting to mouth the lazy summation “if you like Sherlock Holmes you’ll like Mr. Holmes.” Tempting, because it is true. Yet that would also do a disservice to this sumptuously crafted, artisanally layered and genuinely inspired addition to the detective’s pantheon.

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Variety

Variety

The more vital subject of Mr. Holmes turns out to be our need for stories themselves and, in particular, the role of fiction as an escape from the pain and loss of everyday life.

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Total Film

Total Film

A majestic McKellen rescues a safe script, giving us a fresh look at an icon even the most casual viewer will be (over)familar with.

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Time Out

Time Out

Sir Ian McKellen is a pleasure to watch as an elderly Sherlock Holmes, though the drama isn't as compelling as it might have been.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

This is Holmes intentionally slowed down to a hobbling, reflective, end-of-life pace: dare we call it refreshing?

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The film's plots are soft and flimsy, and they don't mesh as gracefully as they might, but they do serve as an adequate trellis for Mr. McKellen's performance, which is gratifyingly but unsurprisingly wonderful.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It is an elegant if slight piece of work, touching and intriguing by turns, but hampered structurally in that it relies on two separate flashback sections.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Driven by an impeccably nuanced performance from McKellen as a solitary 93-year-old man enfeebled by age...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A gentle blend of detective mystery and amiable character study. Contains scenes of mild pottering.

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