It's complete trash and makes a mockery of Holmes's vaunted deductive reasoning.
-Bruce DionesFull Review
Downey's career is something of a game of shadows, but it's one still worth playing, for now.
-Adam GrahamFull Review
Downey and Law remain this presumptive franchise's draw.
-Lisa KennedyFull Review
What this film really celebrates is crunch-and-thud video-game-style action, not especially well choreographed by director Guy Ritchie.
-Peter RainerFull Review
It doesn't take a master of deduction to see that Ritchie has decided to play it too safe with this sequel.
-Bruce DemaraFull Review
In an act of criminal negligence, Ritchie has wasted Robert Downey Jr. in a sequel that eliminates smarts in favor of relentless headbanging.
-Peter TraversFull Review
Downey may think this interpretation is an insight, or funny, but it pushes what was already a rude rewriting of the classic characters into eye-rolling camp. And it throws everything off balance.
-Stephen WhittyFull Review
I was let down by this loud and flashy but utterly empty sequel.
-Richard RoeperFull Review
This movie wants to be a horse but, even measured in box-office millions, it's just another nag.
-Rick GroenFull Review
Something of an overlong, overblown, disorganized mess, despite being slightly better than its predecessor.
-Connie OgleFull Review
Ritchie's franchise - 7% classic formula, 93% adrenaline - is smart in a showoffy way that flatters its star as well as its audience.
-Joe NeumaierFull Review
The skill level in the script is elementary school, my dear Watson.
-Kyle SmithFull Review
It's a modest improvement on bad-boy director Guy Ritchie's first tweaking of Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic detective.
-Mark JenkinsFull Review
There's nothing here but wreckage. "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" is so ineptly made that the story is advanced solely through announcements.
-Mick LaSalleFull Review
As Johnny Depp has done so brilliantly with his devilish Jack Sparrow, Downey has made this sly sardonic Sherlock stylistically all his own. Case closed.
-Betsy SharkeyFull Review
The game is now afoot with Holmes' arch-nemesis, Professor James Moriarity -- and that makes a notable difference. This time, Holmes is up against an equal, and it's elementary indeed that muscle and firepower alone won't carry the day.
-Charlie McCollumFull Review
This new outing matches the original Sherlock in wit, action and the bromance between Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.
-Joy TippingFull Review
The chemistry between Watson and Holmes is spotty, and their banter grows tedious.
-Claudia PuigFull Review
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows doesn't rip enough yarn.
-Andrew LapinFull Review
"Diminishing returns" is a description that applies to many film series. "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" is a delicious exception.
-Colin CovertFull Review
Virtually every set-up and set-piece in this extravagantly tedious adventure is misleading, or worse, irrelevant.
-Steven ReaFull Review
Can a movie be hyperactive and lazy at the same time? Clever and idiotic? If the director is Guy Ritchie, the questions answer themselves.
-A.O. ScottFull Review
There's ... a desire for coherence and humanity in movies. This one doesn't feed it.
-Joe MorgensternFull Review
This is Bob Downey, simultaneously playing the fool and pulling your leg, and even at his dumbest he's semi-irresistible.
-Andrew O'HehirFull Review
The shadow in this game is the imposing penumbra of Ritchie's very satisfying 2009 film. It's overt and overwhelming.
-Richard CorlissFull Review
"What do you see?'' the gypsy girl asks him. "Everything,'' Holmes replies. "That is my curse.'' If Downey has a curse, it'll be called "Sherlock Holmes 3.''
-Ty BurrFull Review
Here, as before, part of the movie's perversely cheeky design is that it throws away its own cleverness.
-Owen GleibermanFull Review
As big, loud moviemaking goes it's not quite as devoid of charm as it could have been, and things being as they are these days, that's saying something.
-Glenn KennyFull Review
Even at its worst the movie is redeemed by the presence of two fine British character actors playing Conan Doyle regulars: Stephen Fry as Holmes's waggish older brother, Mycroft, and Jared Harris as the fiendish Dr. Moriarty.
-J. R. JonesFull Review
You may ponder: Would this movie actually be less aggravating with Adam Sandler in it, playing twins?
-Michael PhillipsFull Review