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Reel Deal: Sherlock Holmes : Game Of Shadows

The critical round up of the newest releases for your one-stop viewing pleasure

Published on December 16th 2011.

Reel Deal: Sherlock Holmes : Game Of Shadows

Average rating:3.5 Star


Here's what the critics are saying...


3/5 stars
By Robbie Collin for Telegraph.co.uk

“How far can a film stray from its source material while still holding onto its title? All the way to snapping point, or so Guy Ritchie seems to think. The British director’s second Sherlock Holmes film is a vigorously silly romp that shares almost nothing with the writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle save a handful of character names and the odd pipe; but what it lacks in authenticity, it makes up for in sheer swashbuckling brio.”


4/5 stars
By Xan Brooks for Guardian.co.uk

“Should you require an antidote to the bloat and lethargy of Christmas, you could do a lot worse than check out A Game of Shadows, a rousing bit of slash-fiction, which at times feels more indebted to Flashman or James Bond than to the writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Chasing the trail of 2009's Sherlock Holmes, director Guy Ritchie isolates a subtext and then runs with it.”


4/5 stars
By Ian Nathan for EmpireOnline.com

“A sequel confident in what it's about - bigger, better, funnier, without stretching the joke.”



2/5 stars
By Tom Huddleston for Time Out

“When Guy Ritchie’s witty, enjoyable reboot of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective stories busted blocks back in 2009, a follow-up was unavoidable. The result is a fitfully amusing but largely unsurprising and uninvolving action-movie-by-numbers: elementary, and not in a good way.”


4/5 stars
By Neil Smith for TotalFilm.com

“Faster, funnier and even more bromantic than the original, this far from stately Holmes delivers piping hot entertainment at a furious lick.”


4.5/5 stars
By Rebecca Davies for Film4.com

“The new Holmes starts as it means to go on: with a bang. Hardly a minute of the film goes by without some sort of explosion, punch-up, shoot-out or high-speed chase, all stamped with Guy Ritchie’s trademark fast-forwarding, rewinding, slow-motion, super-fast pans and snappy editing. This is a Holmes for the MTV/PlayStation/YouTube generation.”



3/5 stars
By Stella Papamichael for DigitalSpy.co.uk

“If anything, this sequel takes that energy to even dizzier heights, but the downside is that any semblance of a plot becomes a blur.”


4/5 stars
By Andy Gibbons for LoveFilm.com

“Yes, the film has its flaws – it’s at least 20 minutes too long, Noomi Rapace is criminally underused as a mysterious fortune teller and one of the main villains appears to get away scott free – but to criticise too much would be missing the point. This is a wildly entertaining romp, plain and simple. And to read any more into it would be to try and deduce far too much.”

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