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Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 38
  2. Negative: 5 out of 38

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Dec 14, 2011
    88
    Set aside your memories of the Conan Doyle stories, save them to savor on a night this winter and enjoy this movie as a high-caliber entertainment.
  2. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Dec 14, 2011
    83
    Ritchie stages plenty of gunfights and beatdowns to satisfy action fans, pausing to consider the beauty of violence before resuming speed and piling on more.
  3. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    Dec 12, 2011
    80
    A sequel confident in what it's about - bigger, better, funnier, without stretching the joke.
  4. Reviewed by: Jen Yamato
    Dec 15, 2011
    75
    It's BFF and hetero life partner Dr. Watson who forms the tale's real love triangle with Holmes - escalating the first film's bromantic undercurrent of mutual admiration and "circumstantial homosexuality" to overt, unabashed man-love and dangerous attraction - with tantalizingly evil interloper Professor James Moriarty.
  5. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Dec 13, 2011
    75
    A Game of Shadows is a stronger, better realized movie that builds upon the strengths of the original and jettisons some of the weaknesses.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Dec 15, 2011
    70
    Occasionally thrilling, sometimes hilarious and mostly absolute claptrap. Think of it as a lot like drinking a fourth cup of holiday eggnog: Not really a good idea at all, but you might have fun.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Dec 8, 2011
    70
    While director Guy Ritchie's excesses and modern concessions -- among them a lot of explosions -- remain intact, the parts of this second "Sherlock Holmes" are considerably more rewarding.
  8. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    Dec 15, 2011
    67
    The sequel has all the merits and demerits of its predecessor, only with a less-snarly antagonist, a more thoughtful final showdown and broader Holmes/Watson relationship jokes.
  9. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Dec 15, 2011
    67
    Yet here, as before, part of the movie's perversely cheeky design is that it throws away its own cleverness.
  10. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Dec 15, 2011
    63
    This sequel is just as profligate as its 2009 predecessor with explosions, anachronisms and quick cuts. But the dialogue is a little sharper, and Holmes gets a worthy opponent in Professor Moriarty.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 587 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 149
  2. Negative: 14 out of 149
  1. Dec 19, 2011
    10
    really good! i really like that you have to think harder with this part. part 1 told you everything, and was simple, this one makes you thinkreally good! i really like that you have to think harder with this part. part 1 told you everything, and was simple, this one makes you think harder, and it was really epic! slow-motion scene in the forest was awesome, fantastic humour to x) Full Review »
  2. Dec 16, 2011
    10
    I liked this as much as the first one. That's saying a lot, it was one of my all time favorites. Great fun . The action flows very well and aI liked this as much as the first one. That's saying a lot, it was one of my all time favorites. Great fun . The action flows very well and a cool surprise ending. Awesome movie. Full Review »
  3. Dec 17, 2011
    9
    Shut up critics. You don't understand good film. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows has a complex storyline, and it's great acting and gentleShut up critics. You don't understand good film. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows has a complex storyline, and it's great acting and gentle humor makes it a hit. Plus, I loved the end.

    THE END ?
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