Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    May 7, 2012
    100
    In season 2 of PBS's richly clever Sherlock, the Victorian tales have been refitted to our century. [14 May 2012, p.44]
  2. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    May 7, 2012
    100
    Sherlock strikes a perfect--and delicious--balance among comedy, pathos, murder, and mystery.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    May 4, 2012
    100
    The fun is in the snappy dialogue and the impeccable actors delivering it.
  4. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    May 4, 2012
    100
    Each week, the series takes on a Holmes classic, updates it, turns it on its ear and leaves you breathless.
  5. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    May 4, 2012
    100
    Intricate plots (many updated versions of old favorites), fast pacing and smart, witty writing make Sherlock one of the most dazzling confections on TV.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    May 4, 2012
    100
    This Holmes update's second season continues to be both clever and classic.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    May 4, 2012
    100
    This is TV pleasure at its most intense, without even a shade of guilt.
  8. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    May 4, 2012
    100
    Three scintillating new Sherlock brain-teasers.
  9. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    May 3, 2012
    100
    The beauty of this series is that it's so entertaining and so well-executed.
  10. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    May 2, 2012
    100
    Sherlock is an electric marriage of great writing with great performances.
  11. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Apr 27, 2012
    91
    The new season pops with all the visual energy of the first. [4 May 2012, p.67]
  12. 90
    Sherlock is a wonderful series. Just thinking about it makes me smile.
  13. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    May 7, 2012
    90
    Sherlock is an elegant updating of Conan Doyle's stories, not an overhaul.
  14. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    May 4, 2012
    90
    Sherlock weds the old and new in much the way Holmes solves his cases--making a complicated process look almost effortless.
  15. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    May 4, 2012
    90
    It's no mean feat, either, to follow three highly entertaining reinventions of stories involving one of literature's most adapted characters with three more even better than the first. But it must not be impossible, because Sherlock has done it.
  16. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    May 4, 2012
    90
    Sherlock, which impresses again in the three-episode season that returns on PBS.
  17. Stick with it, and this Sherlock proves to be a fun and exhilarating TV experience.
  18. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    May 7, 2012
    83
    Ultimately, Sherlock doesn't play fair, but the game is so enjoyable, you'll be happy you joined in.
  19. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    May 7, 2012
    80
    Most of the time Sherlock's cheeky sense of humor makes this version of the character a delight.
  20. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    May 4, 2012
    80
    Sometimes this focus on technology feels a bit heavy-handed, but in general this is a series that seems to be growing more assured as it goes along.
  21. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    May 4, 2012
    80
    This year, once again, Benedict Cumberbatch's modern-day Holmes and his intrepid sidekick Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman) provide breathtaking non-stop exhilaration.
  22. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    May 4, 2012
    80
    The case [A Scandal in Belgravia] is much more complicated than that [photos involving a member of the British family] of course, so much more that it, as with the episodes that follow, occasionally threatens to collapse under its own writhing weight. Fortunately, the thrill of Sherlock Holmes was never so much plot as character.
  23. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    May 3, 2012
    80
    This season's three installments--"Scandal in Bohemia" is followed by a scary "The Hounds of Baskerville" and "The Reichenbach Fall" in which nemesis Moriarty (Andrew Scott) returns--make a pleasingly diverse set.
  24. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    May 4, 2012
    70
    Sherlock is too often a petulant know-it-all, which grows tiresome and makes a viewer painfully aware that each episode is 90 minutes long.... Sherlock's redundancies are improved by a couple of longer story arcs.
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 529 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 51
  2. Negative: 3 out of 51
  1. May 8, 2012
    10
    It would be difficult to find fault with even such a modern update of the most famous fictional detective. It is clever, it is witty, its humour is deliciously highbrow, the actors and actresses have superb performances - they are such a perfect fit considering the roles that they play - Moffat and Gatiss should be proud for what genius and creativity they have devoted to adapting the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Need I say more? Full Review »
  2. May 7, 2012
    10
    One of the best that I've seen so far on TV, Sherlock comes as a complete package. The actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Andrew Scott were very notable in their portrayals of the highly popular characters and perfectly cast with the other actors. The cleverly-written scripts were spot-on, with the humor introduced just in the right places and the dialogues very well thought out and appealing to a wide range of viewers. Highly recommended for the fans and non-fans alike. Seriously, don't compare, just watch and appreciate the show. Full Review »
  3. May 8, 2012
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Brilliant show, a perfect reboot for the modern era! Very well written and acted. Only one irk - the characterisation of Moriaty is rubbish! "Super camp" definitely wasnt the way to play that role! At least we won't be seeing him in season 3! Full Review »