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      Mr. Holmes

      2015, Mystery & thriller/Drama, 1h 45m

      187 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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      Mr. Holmes focuses on the man behind the mysteries, and while it may lack Baker Street thrills, it more than compensates with tenderly wrought, well-acted drama. Read critic reviews

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      Long-retired and near the end of his life, Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) grapples with an unreliable memory and must rely on his housekeeper's son as he revisits the still-unsolved case that led to his retirement.

      • Rating: PG (Some Disturbing Images|Incidental Smoking|Thematic Elements)

      • Genre: Mystery & thriller, Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Bill Condon

      • Producer: Anne Carey, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman

      • Writer: Jeffrey Hatcher

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $17.7M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Roadside Attractions

      • Production Co: Archer Gray, See-Saw Films

      • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

      Cast & Crew

      Ian McKellen
      Laura Linney
      Patrick Kennedy
      Roger Allam
      Philip Davis
      Frances de la Tour
      Takako Akashi
      Zak Shukor
      John Sessions
      Michael Culkin
      Oliver Devoti
      Mike Burnside
      Nicholas Rowe
      Sam Coulson
      Frances Barber
      Hermione Corfield
      Jeffrey Hatcher
      Aviv Giladi
      Len Blavatnik
      Christine Langan
      Amy Nauiokas
      Virginia Katz
      Carter Burwell
      Martin Childs
      Keith Madden
      James Wakefield
      Charlotte Watts

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      • Aug 26, 2016

        Of course McKellen is fantastic. So are his costars. Charming story. Worthwhile for any Holmes fan. Others will enjoy a well made film.

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      • Mar 18, 2016

        Brilliant in its subtlety.

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      • Jan 09, 2016

        An intriguing crime-drama, Mr. Holmes explores the elderly years of the world's most famous detective. Ian McKellen stars as an infirmed Sherlock Holmes who's retired to the countryside and is working on a memoir about his last case. McKellen's performance is rather interesting, and is quite different from the usually portrayals of the Holmes character. However the storytelling is rather weak, with a lot of nonlinear flashbacks that make the mystery kind of hard to follow. And the mystery itself doesn't seem to pose that much of a challenge or to be of any series importance. Somewhat of a subdued thriller, Mr. Holmes is a daring new interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved character but it's not very engaging.

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      • Dec 30, 2015

        Sherlock Holmes battles his failing memory as he tries to solve his last case, which still haunts him. The highlight of this film is the masterful work by Ian McKellen, whose take on an aging Holmes brings to mind the thesis of A Beautiful Mind: that intelligence can outwit the infirmities of the body. Despite his failing memory, Holmes attempts to retrain his brain to renew his deductive capacities, and yet in the lines of McKellen's face, we see the emotional toll these additional intellectual acrobatics work on him. The mystery plot is pedestrian, with a payoff that does not rival some of the classic Holmes mysteries, but in fairness, the film is about age and its ravages, not necessarily a typical whodunit. Overall, I like this take on Holmes, though I pray that they don't take it too far with an uninspired sequel.

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