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Mr Holmes

Mr Holmes

Crime, Drama, Mystery

An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman.

The critical consensus

Anyone expecting opera and opium will be disappointed. But 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.

****(*)Paul Bradshaw, Total Film, 15/06/2015

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

***(*)(*)Nick de Semlyen, Empire Online, 15/06/2015

McKellen’s impersonation of a 93-year-old Sherlock as a Galápagos tortoise is tremendous, though Bill Condon’s riff on the detective as an old man is flawed and muddled.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 18/06/2015

Director Condon, best known for The Twilight Saga but who also worked with McKellen on Gods and Monsters, brings immense grace and humour to a film that benefits from its low-key but forensic approach.

****(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 18/06/2015

The problem is the story. Elementary, really.

**(*)(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express, 21/06/2015

Alas, there is just something a little underpowered about the case itself and the decision to spend so much time with the elderly Holmes serves only to further diminish interest in its resolution.

***(*)(*)The Scotsman, 20/06/2015

Ian McKellen brings affection and grace to a whimsical portrait of an elderly Sherlock Holmes, struggling with his memory and his myth.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 21/06/2015

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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